As more and more Democrats declare their candidacy for president in 2020, all throughout the country more Democrats are also declaring their candidacy for other political offices such as in the U.S. Senate. One such individual is a woman named Trish Zornio, who is looking to take on Republican Senator Cory Gardner for one of Colorado’s two U.S. Senate seats.
Zornio was the latest guest on the KrassenCast podcast, where she discussed her vision for both Colorado and America, and why she thinks she better represents the people of Colorado than current Senator Cory Gardner. The entire 25 minute interview can be heard in Episode 8 of KrassenCast, now available on iTunes, Youtube, Google Play and other podcast providers, as well as in the video below.
Zornio, a scientist who has also spent a lot of time as a researcher in the health care and education fields, working with families and patients for over ten years, says that she has always “been focused on making everyone’s lives a little bit better through” her scientific contributions. One thing in particular, however, sparked her interest in running for the U.S. Senate.
“Three and a half years ago, I was actually in DC for work because a lot of my work is through the NIH, the National Institutes for Health, or the NIMH, the National Institutes for Mental Health,” Zornio told KrassenCast. “And I was sitting in on the United States Senate Science Committee and that was when I realized that there were no scientists on the United States Senate Science Committee. I felt compelled to bring a new type of thinking and a new type of expertise to Washington to tackle some of the really tough problems that I know that we have ahead. I think it’s for this reason, especially at this time, more than ever, that we need to start grounding our policy making in facts, reason and evidence, and work to create really thoughtful solutions that prepare us for future generations and to be proactive and not reactive.”
Zornio realizes that her path ahead will be a challenging one, but she also believes that she is the best suited candidate to take on and replace Cory Gardner. She feels as though Gardner is not thoroughly representing the people of Colorado, and she is particularly irritated by the way Gardner acted after President Trump was inaugurated.
“One of the first things that he had talked about, after Trump’s inauguration, was how it was not his role as a Senator to advise the president on his choices,” Zornio stated, referring to President Trump’s choices for his cabinet, especially his nominations of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of education and Scott Pruitt to head up the EPA.
Zornio believes that green technology is of significant importance, and she’s a staunch supporter of the Green New Deal.
“I think one of the things that I love about the Green New Deal is it’s finally gotten people talking about this issue for real, and getting it on a mainstream kind of platform,” Zornio explained. “But I think also what we need is people who can actually enact that vision because that’s what the Green New Deal is. It’s a vision. It’s a non-binding resolution proposal. And I think what I really want to see is that we start electing people from the science and technical backgrounds to be able to actually implement the types of visions that we need.”
She’s young, she’s smart, and she doesn’t want Colorado or the United States to fall behind when it comes to renewable energy or green technology. She wants to make Colorado a national leader in the field, and the United States an international leader within the world.
Zornio’s own father lost his job in the pulp and paper mill to green technology when Zornio was a youngster, and she saw how devastating it can be when a nation is not ready for such a transition. Green energy is coming, but Zornio hopes that with the right people in office, this time will be different.
“I am deeply dedicated to making sure that we have a thoughtful transition and we have all the information at our fingertips,” Zornio told KrassenCast. “We know that we need to transition to renewable and sustainable jobs for the long haul and we can do that now before people lose their jobs. And it’s something that I think having had that personal experience, I am so committed to making sure that that happens for others more thoughtfully.”
Although Zornio says that she doesn’t have a campaign slogan quite yet, she certainly does appear to have a desire to ‘make science great again.’ While this most likely will not be her official slogan, it definitely seems like her ultimate goal.