Rep. Joann Ginal

Joann Ginal

Office sought: Senate District 14

Party: Democrat

Age: 66

Occupation: Colorado state senator; scientist, reproductive endocrinologist

Family: I was raised in a working-class family in Manchester, New Hampshire 

Education: Harvard Kennedy School of Government, honored certification for elected officials; Ph.D., reproductive endocrinology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Bio-Medical Science, Colorado State University; M.S., zoology, parasitology, Iowa State University; B.S., biology, minor in microbiology, University of New Hampshire

Relevant volunteer/community organization participation: City of Fort Collins Human Relations Commission; Commission on the Status of Women in Fort Collins; Colorado Annual Science and Engineering Fair judge; active on Fort Collins issues with focus on homeless and elderly; master naturalist for city of Fort Collins; National Organization for Women; Zonta Club Fort Collins; Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women in Chemistry; Delta Zeta Sorority, Theta Gamma Chapter; volunteer at Palm Beach County Florida Humane Society; volunteer at Veterans Administration hospital and nursing homes in South Florida and Western Massachusetts; volunteer at VA hospital, Manchester, New Hampshire laboratory

Website:; on Facebook, Joann Ginal for Colorado; on Twitter, @joannginal

If elected, what would be your priorities?

The first priority is to respond to the current public health, financial and social crises and to continue to pass legislation to improve the quality of life for all Coloradans, including working families, children, seniors and all who are underrepresented in our community. We need to help our small businesses with grants and more stimulus dollars (with help from our federal government). I will also continue to address the high costs of health care and more transparency in prescription medications and health insurance.

COVID-19 has led to increased isolation and an uptick in depression, domestic abuse and suicides. We need to focus on getting people the mental health help they need. Other priorities include protecting our environment and upholding our commitment for P-12 funding and post-secondary education.

What are your thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic has been addressed by the county and the state? Would you propose doing anything differently?

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