By The G.E.S. Gazette staff
Wanda James, one of the Democratic candidates for the University of Colorado Board of Regents, was declared the unofficial victor in the primary race by a close margin. James built a large part of her campaign on her experience as the CEO of a cannabis business.
“I’m proud of the trail I have blazed not only as a Naval ROTC graduate at CU but especially as a cannabis business owner in Colorado,” James said in a prepared statement. “But I am especially honored to follow in the footsteps of Rachel B. Noel, the first and only Black woman to serve on the CU Regent Board and even more proud that my victory comes on the same day that Ketanji is sworn into the most prestigious office of the land.”
Noel was elected to the CU Regent board in 1976, and went on to chair the board. James was the first Black woman to be commissioned through the Naval ROTC program at the University of Colorado and the first African American legally licensed to sell cannabis in the country, according to a press release sent out by her campaign staff.
James’ political experience includes working on Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee and helping to elect both America’s first woman Vice President, Kamala Harris, and America’s first openly gay congressman, now Gov. Jared Polis.
James now faces Republican candidate Amy Naes, who ran unopposed in the party’s primary. James’ campaign said she vows to fight for preserving access to healthcare for all women who attend CU, in addition to expanding diversity.