Fresh off a victory in a Democratic gubernatorial primary in which he campaigned on universal health care, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis tapped a cancer foundation executive and former state lawmaker to be his running mate.
The move doubles down on his pledge to make health care a top issue in Colorado’s upcoming general election.
In a Monday interview with The Associated Press, Polis announced that Dianne Primavera, the CEO of Susan G. Komen Colorado, will be his lieutenant governor if he’s elected in the fall, calling her a “governing partner” who would help him deliver on his ambitious policy proposals.
Primavera, 68, is a four-time cancer survivor who served eight years in the state House, representing a suburban Denver district. A mother of two, Primavera was first diagnosed at age 38 — and initially was told she had five years to live.