Colorado candidate who ran on reparations platforms defeated in reelection effort

 June 11, 2023

A Colorado Democrat was badly defeated in her reelection campaign after pushing for reparations.

District 9 Councilwoman Candid CdeBaca lost to Darrell Watson on Wednesday.

The results

"The vote tally for the election in District 9 showed incumbent candidate Candi CdeBaca lose to challenger Darrell Watson on Tuesday night, with Watson getting 60.71% of the votes while CdeBaca trailed far behind at 39.29%," the Washington Examiner reported.

"CdeBaca's 21.42% margin loss marked one of the biggest blowout losses in the last 10 years, according to KDVR," it added.

Her statement

"I’m so grateful for our community, for everyone who poured their hearts and souls into this movement," she tweeted with a statement after her loss.

"I will not stop fighting alongside my community for a city that truly cares for all of its people, because District 9 and Denver are my heart, always," she added.

"CdeBaca is often the lone 'no' vote on council and her outspoken politics and controversies in her first term are making her a target from business leaders, who are backing Watson," Axios stated ahead of the election.

"Watson, who lost a council bid in 2007, is making cooperation his theme, telling Axios Denver that the district 'needs to have politicians who can work with their colleagues and the administration' rather than 'continued division,'" it added.

The outcome could impact the emphasis other Democrats give the reparations movement in upcoming elections.

In California, several cities have moved forward on reparation efforts for longtime black residents. So far, Gov. Gavin Newsom has been reluctant to back specific efforts.

The future could continue to leave reparations to the side, as the left recognizes the need to win rather than focus on the issue that remains controversial even among Democrats.

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