COMMERCE CITY, CO – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets PAC, is today endorsing Charles “Chaz” Tedesco for Congress, in Colorado’s proposed new 8th Congressional District.
“Chaz’s story is an American story,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets. “From being raised in a multicultural household, to choosing service to the United States in the Navy, Chaz really embodies the promise of this country. He also is a shining example of veterans using the skills they learned in the military in the private sector. Chaz understands the challenges working families are facing, and understands the security challenges that America is facing from outside and within. He will be an authoritative voice for the people, in Congress, and we’re proud to endorse him.”
Charles “Chaz” Tedesco was born in Adams County and placed for adoption by his birth mother. Chaz was in foster care until the age of 5. He was adopted by Mervin Hillsberry and Virginia Ramirez and raised in a multicultural household that embraced Hispanic, Yaqui and German-American traditions.
A lifelong resident of the 8th District, Chaz attended Westview Elementary, Huron Junior High, and Northglenn High. At 17, Tedesco joined the Navy and served honorably for six years. While in the Navy, he learned a trade and upon discharge was hired by Koppers Industries where he worked for 23 years. A Master Mechanic, Tedesco joined the United Steel, Paper and Forestry Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union Local 8031. In 2005, Tedesco was elected President of Steelworkers. After serving seven years as union President, Tedesco was elected to the Adams County Board of Commissioners in 2012. Tedesco was reelected in 2016 and 2020. A popular candidate, Chaz ran high on the 2020 Adams County ballot, running 5,600 votes ahead of the Biden/Harris ticket.
Chaz has been married to his wife, Bernadette, for over 25 years. Together, they raised their daughter, Amber, who is their greatest joy.