Frequently Asked Questions

The party has drifted from its grassroots core and I want to see a party built firmly on the conservative principles that made it great.  And that can make it great once again.  A party that is accountable to the people they represent and not DC insiders.  A party that puts forward a powerful conservative platform of individual liberty, sanctity of life, personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility, limited government, strong national security, quality education that best suits every family, lower taxes and less government regulations.    

I feel I can not only bring the party back to these founding principles, but I can also fight for Colorado, for our future, for our families, and our communities in our nation’s capital.  DC stopped listening to the people and it is time for us to demand they start listening again.  The political power system and the establishment need conservative views now more than ever, and I can be that person for Colorado.

As Colorado’s National Committeewoman, I would hold the entire system accountable to the citizens they represent. 

The changes to party rules that occurred in Tampa were forced through despite the grassroots opposition of conservatives from around the country.  If I had a vote, I would have opposed both proposed changes.  And for two reasons: One, because of the manner in which they were rammed through on the convention floor and two, because of their substance.

As Colorado’s National Committeewoman, I would hold the entire system accountable to the citizens they represent. 

Goldwater and Reagan were conservatives and so am I. 

I believe the GOP party has drifted from its grassroots core and I want to see a party built firmly on the conservative principles that made it great.  And that can make it great once again.  A party that is accountable to the people they represent and not DC insiders.  A party that puts forward a powerful conservative platform of individual liberty, sanctity of life, personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility, limited government, strong national security, quality education that best suits every family, lower taxes and less government regulations.    

As Colorado’s National Committeewoman, I would hold the entire system accountable to the citizens they represent. 

Platform committee and Budget committee.

Board of Water Works

As an elected official for the Board of Water Works, I focused on the budget.  I kept a watchful eye and actively opposed the creation of any new fees or any water rate increases.  As a direct result of my efforts, we rarely raised the rates beyond 2% per year; whereas a 7-8% increase was common prior to my arrival.  These efforts were well-recognized and I am proud of the legacy I left for that board of fiscal responsibility, reduction of regulations and decreasing taxes/fees.   

This is why I fight and oppose any suggestion of government regulation.  We need the government to get out of the way and let people make the best decisions for themselves.  I have personally witnessed how the reduction of regulations, which then reduced the amount of time our businesses had to navigate bureaucratic processes, directly led to more jobs and more money in our business owners’ pockets.   More money in our citizens’ pockets means a daughter got dance lessons, a son got a team jersey, parents paid the mortgage, and students paid for college.  Basically, it means more freedom for you and your family to make the best decisions for yourselves.     

As Colorado’s National Committeewoman, I would hold the entire system accountable to the citizens they represent.

City Council

As a City Councilmember, I continued with the same themes: a balanced budget, no new fees (preventing an increase in sewer fees, for instance) and a reduction of entitlements.

An example of my fiscal responsibility while on Council is best illustrated by the problem I immediately inherited upon assuming my role.  The city was in the process of designing and building a new police building.  When the price tag started to consistently climb by millions a week, I volunteered to review the –now– $33 million dollar budget.  As an accomplished small-business owner, I was able to cut through their inflated budget and deliver to my constituents a beautiful and fully-functional police building for $21 million; $12 million in savings from the budget I was given.  I also renegotiated the mortgage and saved another $8 million.  In all, I saved the taxpayers a total of $20 million in that transaction.  I believe saving you money is liberty at action by making the government more efficient and less costly to our citizens.

This is why I fight and oppose any suggestion of government regulation.  We need the government to get out of the way and let people make the best decisions for themselves.  I have personally witnessed how the reduction of regulations, which then reduced the amount of time our businesses had to navigate bureaucratic processes, directly led to more jobs and more money in our business owners’ pockets.   More money in our citizens’ pockets means a daughter got dance lessons, a son got a team jersey, parents paid the mortgage, and students paid for college.  Basically, it means more freedom for you and your family to make the best decisions for yourselves. 

As Colorado’s National Committeewoman, I would hold the entire system accountable to the citizens they represent. 

Government Regulations 

Government regulations kill business and hurt our economy, because they hurt small business owners.  Period. 

This is why I fight and oppose any suggestion of government regulation.  We need the government to get out of the way and let people make the best decisions for themselves.  I have personally witnessed how the reduction of regulations, which then reduced the amount of time our businesses had to navigate bureaucratic processes, directly led to more jobs and more money in our business owners’ pockets.   More money in our citizens’ pockets means a daughter got dance lessons, a son got a team jersey, parents paid the mortgage, and students paid for college.  Basically, it means more freedom for you and your family to make the best decisions for yourselves.     

This is why, as a City Councilmember, I fought extremely hard against the proposed increase by the Regional Building Department to increase regulations for new home buildings.  If these regulations were allowed to proceed, it would have meant $15,000 added to each new home price to simply pay for government’s intrusion into the process.  I won that fight and prevented the frivolous increase; which then allowed the free market to dictate what homes should be built or not.  That is the definition of keeping government out of your pockets.

As Colorado’s National Committeewoman, I would hold the entire system accountable to the citizens they represent. 

Job Creation

As the Director of Economic Development for Governor Owens in Southern Colorado, I was expected to bring jobs to the state, particularly in the Front Range.  During my tenure, we brought over 8,000 new jobs through recruitment, retention or expansion of existing operations.  I have personally witnessed how the reduction of regulations, which then reduced the amount of time our businesses had to navigate bureaucratic processes, directly led to more jobs and more money in our business owners’ pockets.  More money in our citizens’ pockets means a daughter got dance lessons, a son got a team jersey, parents paid the mortgage, and students paid for college.  Basically, it means more freedom for you and your family to make the best decisions for yourselves.   

As Colorado’s National Committeewoman, I would hold the entire system accountable to the citizens they represent. 

Strategy, strategy, and then more strategy.  As a research scientist, I was trained to strategize, plan a course, execute and analyze the results.   If I am lucky enough to become your next National Committeewoman, I would apply the same thoughtfulness to my work with the party and the constituents we represent.

Having said that, fundraising is a necessary evil and I am always willing to help my fellow candidates in any capacity that I am needed.

I have attended the last six state assemblies as a delegate.  I also attended the 2012 National Republican Convention in Tampa. 

At the national level, I participate and engage in every presidential cycle.  I have introduced, at different times, Sen. John McCain, Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Marco Rubio at various campaign events held in Colorado.  But more specifically, I build local support for our candidates.   For the Romney/Ryan campaign, I was asked to increase Southern Colorado’s Hispanic vote by 1.5%, where I was able to garner 4.0% for Gov. Romney.  I did similar work for the McCain/Palin campaign; the Bush/Cheney campaign and their reelection as well.   

At the state level, I was very active in Bill Owens’ gubernatorial campaign.   As such, Gov. Owens appointed me as Director of Economic Development in Southern Colorado.  In 2014, gubernatorial candidate Mike Kopp named me as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. 

At the local level, I have ran for the Board of Water Works and City Council, including reelections.    

I actively support many local, statewide and national races and will continue to do so.

I am currently the precinct chair for my neighborhood, and have been for over 20 years.

I am a faithful conservative and have volunteered thousands of hours to this cause.  I have walked many neighborhoods. I have made countless phone calls. I have stood on many corners waving yard signs. I have participated in many parades.  I don’t care what it takes, I want to help our national, state and local candidates because my family’s future depends on it. 

In 2012, I was chosen to be a Presidential Elector for the state of Colorado.

Regardless of what title a person holds, be it citizen or National Committeewoman, there are many ways to address issues and to be an advocate for the people.  Either by phone, emails, in person, via the media… I pride myself on being available to those I represent.  On almost every campaign I have ever ran, I put my personal phone number on campaign literature, because it is your issues, your concerns that need to be heard in DC.  I subscribe to the idea that when I need to communicate a concern, idea or message from a constituent, I will get the message across, regardless of any obstacle that I may encounter.

Yet, we all know communication is a two-way street.  Everyday citizens do not have the time to keep an eye on the bad policies and back-door negotiations that occur by the day in DC, which ultimately hurt small businesses and hurt our communities.  As such, I commit to being your eyes and ears and to ensure our party and our government work for you—the everyday citizen; not the other way around.   

  • “Former Sen. Mike Kopp has chosen former Pueblo city councilwoman Vera Ortegon, a Colombia-born microbiologist, as his running mate.”

    The Denver Post

    "Mike Kopp taps former Pueblo councilwoman as his running mate"
  • “I’m ready to unleash the Colombian hurricane,” Kopp said as he introduced Ortegon, referring to her energy.”

    The Denver Post

    "Mike Kopp taps former Pueblo councilwoman as his running mate"
  • “This is unbelievable, really unbelievable,” Ortegon said, when she was introduced. “I stand tall and proud.”

    The Denver Post

    "Mike Kopp taps former Pueblo councilwoman as his running mate"

More About Me

  • Born and raised in Colombia, South America.
  • Legally Immigrated to United States.  Naturalized in 1976.
  • Obtained a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University.
  • Married for thirty-nine years to Dr. Anthony Ortegon, a local physician.
  • They have two sons, Anthony and Arthur, two daughters-in-law, Courtney and McKinsie, and have two grandchildren, Bennett and Olive.

Community Involvement

As a resident of Pueblo for the last 35 years, Ms. Ortegon has been an active community supporter and local business owner.  She is, or has been, involved in numerous boards, such as the following:

  • Action 22,
  • Economic Council of Colorado,
  • Frequent guest at the Colorado State of Mind television show,
  • Planning and Zoning Commission, Pueblo, CO
  • Southern Colorado Community Foundation,
  • Citizens Advisory Committee to the Pueblo Chemical Depot,
  • Women Economic Council of Colorado,
  • St. John Neumann Catholic School, Pueblo, CO
  • Historic Arkansas River Project (HARP) Authority, Pueblo, CO
  • Welfare Director Screening Committee,
  • Children’s Museum – Education Committee,
  • Rocky Mountain Center for Healthcare Ethics,
  • Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, CO
  • The 2010 Commission – Economic Development Committee.

Highlights in Politics & Business

In 2014, Mike Kopp, GOP CO gubernatorial candidate, chose her as his Lieutenant Governor candidate.

In 2012, she was one of the nine GOP Presidential Electors for the State of Colorado.

From 2004 – 2012, appointed by the Chief Water Judge, she served the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District; being the first woman to ever serve on this board.  She is the current Chair of the Resource & Engineering Planning Committee. 

In 2007, she was appointed to the Pueblo City Council to fill a vacancy.  She was elected to the Pueblo City Council for a four year term, during which she was named President of Pueblo City Council. 

In 2006, she was appointed to the 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission for five years.

In 1999, she was appointed by Governor Bill Owens (R-CO) as the Economic Development Representative for Southeastern Colorado for six years.  This position entailed attracting, expanding and retaining jobs for Southern Colorado.

In 1998, she ran unsuccessfully for CO State Senate (District 3).

In 1995, she was elected to the Board of Water Works.  In 2001, she became the first woman and the first Hispanic to be elected President of the Board of Water Works. 

She has been a precinct chair for the CO Republican Party for the past 20 years.

She is the owner and managing partner of two commercial/residential real estate enterprises. She also manages a health care corporation, which includes six medical providers and two locations in Pueblo.