AARP Colorado

Angela Cortez



Angela Cortez joined AARP as Associate State Director, Communications in 2010. Angela is a Colorado native, who has an extensive background in journalism. She has been on the editorial boards of both The Denver Post, as an editorial and commentary writer, and The Desert Sun newspaper in Southern California, where she served as the editorial page editor. Angela specializes in legislative and judicial systems, as well as social services. She was one of a group of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for the breaking news coverage of the Columbine High School massacre. Additionally, Angela has worked on political campaigns and in public relations and marketing, providing outreach to diverse communities. At AARP Colorado, Angela garnered significant media for the state in the areas of utilities, the Protect Seniors campaign and Drive to End Hunger. She also acted as a regional liaison for the “Tell our Story” project, working with colleagues in seven other states, and in 2012, she served as Interim State Director in Idaho.

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Where the Candidates Stand

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP maintains a proud 28-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day. Our 2014 Voters Guides, available at, help voters find out where the candidates stand on the future of Social Security, Medicare, Financial Security, and other critical issues important to 50-plus Americans. AARP urges all congressional candidates to talk with voters about …

Become an Election Judge

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP is encouraging voters to consider working as election judges in Denver, Pueblo, Larimer and Mesa counties, as well as other counties across the state. According to the Secretary of State Office, Election Day poll workers must meet the following criteria to be election judges: Registered electors who reside in the political subdivision, unless otherwise excepted, and are willing to serve – knowing that Election Day runs from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Be U.S. citizens by the date of …

What You Need to Know to Vote

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

 To be eligible to vote in Colorado, you must be: A U.S. Citizen 18 years of age A Colorado resident for at least 22 days before an election Not serving a sentence (including parole) or a felony conviction Note: Residency for the purpose of voting means the principal or primary home of a person. You must have a residence in order to register to vote. Acceptable Identification Forms Voters who recently registered for the first time and are voting by …

AARP, CPT12 Host Election Debates

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP Colorado is proud to sponsor upcoming debates in the most hotly-contested races of candidates in Congressional District 6, U.S. Senate and the Governor’s races. AARP is dedicated to help bring awareness to the fall election season. In addition to this sponsorship, AARP has developed a guide to help Colorado voters learn about the candidates’ positions. The voter guide can be accessed online at The debates sponsored by AARP include CD6 on Friday Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. between …

Race in America

Posted on 10/6/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Join AARP Colorado and History Colorado for “Race: Are We So Different?” The traveling exhibit runs through January 4, 2015 and features a number of programs. AARP Members are entitled to a discount. The exhibit was developed by the American Anthropological Association and supported by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The educational goal of the exhibit is to help individuals of all ages better understand the origins and manifestations of race and racism in everyday life by …

AARP Sponsors 1st Debate

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Candidates debating for the first time this election year were met by a packed house in Grand Junction, which was sponsored by AARP Colorado. The debate featured candidates running for governor of Colorado, as well as the U.S. Senate. About 700 people attended the Club 20 Debate Sept. 6. Incumbent John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is facing Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, while Republican Congressman Cory Gardner and Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D, go head-to-head for the Senate seat. AARP provided …