While the majority of Colorado political candidates are older than 40, one says her age and background provide expertise to support Weld County’s diverse population.
Democrat Holly Herson, a University of Northern Colorado graduate, is running for Colorado State House District 48. She works as a specialized medical assistant and has a background in medical policy.
Herson, a wife and mother, grew up and currently works in Weld County. She attended school in Greeley and has lived through economic downfall.
“I see (the county) from a perspective that I think my opponent might not, just being a millennial, struggling through two recessions and trying to make a life as a young person,” said Herson, 33.
If elected, Herson will prioritize health care improvements across the state. She wants Coloradans, especially Weld residents, to have access to affordable, quality care.
Herson said equitable health care coverage is at the forefront of nationwide discussions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Affordable Care Act.
She also wants to co-sponsor a bill — one like it was previously tabled due to COVID-19 — that would require insurance companies to include mental health care as wellness care. Herson, whose father died by suicide in 2009, said mental health care should be covered and treated like annual wellness checks.
“My specialty is health care policy and it has been for years, so I think I’m definitely the best candidate to address that, especially in our district where inequities are very visible in our rural communities,” Herson said.
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