Brianna A. Buentello (Bri) is a wife, mother, and teacher. She is running for the Colorado House of Representatives, District 47 (CO-HD47), which comprises of over 2,500 square miles and just over 75,000 citizens in Southern Colorado. Bri is running because, in her own words, she’s “tired of people in Denver forgetting the state line extends past El Paso County.”

A dedicated educator, Bri holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from Northern Michigan University, and is pursuing a Masters of Special Education from Fort Hays State University. Currently, Bri is a teacher at East High School in Pueblo where she has taught American Government, World History and Economics. In Fall 2017, she will return to the special education classroom.

A daughter of United States Marine Corps parents, Bri was raised to value faith, hard work, respect and self-reliance. She’s troubled by the opportunity gaps she sees in public education,  and the inability of many working people to get ahead in today's world. As a State Representative, Bri will fight to make sure government is providing a hand up, not a hand out.

Married to a former US Army captain (Nicholas) who did two tours of duty overseas, Bri has a special place in her heart for veterans and families of veterans. Given her deeply personal experience with veterans and veterans issues, Bri will be a fierce advocate for those who have served and their families.

Bri is the proud mother to her son, Noel. Bri says, “Noel is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.” Working alongside dedicated professionals who serve children with special needs, Bri has learned first hand the importance of providing children with special needs the services they need. She will ensure that the thousands of families with special needs children are given the help they need.

Being a mother and educator, Buentello believes that all people deserve a chance to achieve their God given potential.  As State Representative for House District 47 she will fight to make sure everyone in Southeastern Colorado has the same resources and opportunity as people in Denver.

Bri was appointed by Pueblo City Council to the Pueblo Human Relations Commission where she works to ensure that the city hears the needs of its most vulnerable residents.  A family of faith, Bri, Nick and Noel are active members of the Holy Family Parish in Pueblo.

In her spare time Bri enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on the family home, cooking,  being outdoors- hunting, fishing , off-roading, skiing and doing “the million and one things there are to do in Southern Colorado.”