Messenger: Tony Sanchez

Candidate: Brittany Pettersen

Contest: Senate District 22

Affiliation: D

Date delivered: Oct. 23, 2018

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

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This mailer from Republican candidate Tony Sanchez says his Democratic oppontent, state Rep. Brittany Pettersen, voted to allow heroin injection sites "in your neighborhood," voted to make Colorado a "sanctuary state," and encourages illegal behavoir.

As to the "heroin injection sites," Pettersen chaired a bipartisan interim committee on opiods and substance abuse. Among the measures it recommended was a 2018 bill that would have allowed pilot projects to allow supervised injections. That measure was sponsored in the Senate by a Republican and an unaffiliated lawmaker, but it died in a Senate committee, so Pettersen didn't vote on it. Pettersen's has talked openly about her mother's addiction to opioids.

Pettersen was among many Democratic co-sponors of a 2017 measure to prevent the state and local government from providing the federal government with information about a Colorado resident's race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status or religious affiliation. It also would have prohibited holding a person for more than 48 hours or detaining them because of such characteristics. The bill died in the state Senate.

Sanchez says that he has more than 12 years helping at-risk youth, but it's unclear what that is. He's director of a nonprofit (c)(4) social welfare group, Freedom for Education, but the group's 990s aren't available online nor is its mission statement listed on Guidestar. The group's website doesn't appear to have been updated since 2016.

This mailer is sent from the same postal account as a mailer from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners attacking Pettersen, Permit #100 in Loveland.

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