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Colorado State University-Pueblo president Joe Garcia joins gubernatorial ticket, will run for lieutenant governor

The Durango Herald
Democrat John Hickenlooper picked the president of Colorado State University-Pueblo as his running mate in the governor's race Thursday.
Joe Garcia has led CSU's Pueblo campus since 2006.

Hickenlooper, speaking in front of his campaign headquarters, said he was attracted to Garcia's personal story and reputation for solving problems in a nonideological way.

"Joe doesn't just love Colorado. He lives Colorado," Hickenlooper said, pointing to Garcia's hobbies of mountain biking, snowboarding and restoring and riding motorcycles. "This guy lives large, and I know he's going to bring that kind of leadership as lieutenant governor."

CSU-Pueblo has grown quickly since Garcia took over, from 4,200 students in 2005 to 5,051 in fall 2009. In June, Garcia announced a free tuition program for more than a third of his university's neediest students.

Hickenlooper and Garcia will face the winner of the Republican primary, either Dan Maes or Scott McInnis, as well as American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo and other third-party candidates.
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