Dr. Yadira Caraveo earned a B.S. in biology from Regis University and an M.D. from the University of Colorado. Her experience includes working as a pediatrician in New Mexico and Colorado. Her organizational affiliations include serving as assistant secretary of the Adams County Democratic Party, as member of the Anythink Library System Board of Trustees, and as board member of the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County and the Colorado Behavioral Health Transformation Council.
Dr. Caraveo was elected to the Colorado House in 2018 and
re-elected in 2020. She has a reputation for taking on tough fights and working to get things done in the Colorado state legislature. Now she’s running to make sure Colorado’s new 8th District goes blue.
As a pediatrician serving families across this newly created district, Caraveo wanted to be able to do more, so she ran for the state legislature and won. There she worked to pass legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, drastically limit toxic pollution, expand funding for preschool, ensure all Coloradans have access to paid family and sick leave, and to protect renters from eviction during the pandemic. President Obama named Caraveo a Champion of Change for her work with the Union of Concerned Scientists in the fight against climate change. Even with her busy legislative schedule, she continues to work as a pediatrician and has added extra weekend patient hours In Congress, Caraveo will continue working for families and fight to elevate the voices of those long-ignored in Washington.
ON THE ISSUES
Looking at Washington, Caraveo feels the same sense of frustration — of all talk and little action — that drove her to run for state office. And it’s why she’s now running for Congress.
In Congress, she will continue her commitment to the families she sees every day in Colorado, building on her work to lower health care costs, address the high cost of housing, combat climate change, protect a woman’s right to choose, and stop Republicans from taking away our right to vote.
Because Caraveo understands how the health care system works from the inside, she’ll bring a unique perspective to health care reform, and the fight to lower drug and insurance costs and to expand access to quality care.
In Congress, Caraveo will be driven by the same values her parents taught her and her siblings. She will fight to make loud the voices of Coloradans who have been long ignored in Washington, particularly those of Brown, Black and Indigenous communities.
POLITICS IN COLORADO
CO-08 is a new district and is rated as “Republican Toss Up.” But the district has the highest percentage of Hispanic voters of any district in Colorado, and if Caraveo wins, she will be the first Hispanic woman to represent Colorado in the House. With 44% of the registered voters in the district identifying as unaffiliated or independent, she has her work cut out for her to effectively reach and persuade them with her proven track record. Dr. Yadira Caraveo will need to raise $5 million to turn CO-08 Blue She cleared the Democratic field prior to the June primary. Her Republican opponent is State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer who won a four-way race for the Republican nomination.
The newly formed 8th district is expected to be one of the most contested in the country. It runs from the north side of the Denver metro area into northern Colorado and includes areas in Adams, Larimer, and Weld counties.