Meet Monica

 

Meet Monica Duran

A grassroots activist who took on powerful developers and won.  A community leader and progressive Democrat who will fight for Jeffco in the Colorado State House. Monica Duran is the kind of grassroots leader we need as the next State Representative for House District 24.

Monica’s grandparents, mother, aunts, and uncles were migrant workers.  Her Father worked three jobs as an enlisted Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.  He was a cook at night and janitor on the weekends.  Many times, she would help him empty trash cans, ashtrays and buff the floors of office buildings.  Her mother is a first generation Mexican-American.  To help support the family, she worked in a carrot factory cleaning and bagging them. Monica’s mom marched alongside Cesar Chavez fighting for the right to unionize migrant farm workers for better wages and better working conditions.  It was hard work and one could see the effects of the sun on their weathered faces and calloused hands.  Monica learned firsthand the sacrifices, humiliation and inhumane treatment many of her relatives endured before they were unionized.  

As a young adult, Monica took on a very personal battle of her own.  As a survivor of domestic abuse, and a homeless single mother, she will lead the way in the legislature to create more pathways for survivors to escape abusive relationships.  She will fight to ensure that our most vulnerable do not slip through the cracks and suffer in silence.  Married for over thirty years and with two grown sons, she has worked for over three decades in the dental industry, and presently works for a dental office right here in Jeffco. Monica knows firsthand how difficult it can be to get by during times of economic insecurities, and is working to keep Jeffco a place where regular families can still afford to live. Because local public schools made sure her kids got the education they needed, Monica will fight to protect our neighborhood schools.  Every Jeffco family needs to know that their kids will get the education they need to succeed.

In 2015, Monica was a leader of the campaign for Wheat Ridge Issue 300, a grassroots uprising of citizens pushing back against out-of-control development that was threatening her community’s local quality of life.  Monica Duran currently serves on the Wheat Ridge City Council, and previously served as a Director of the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection Board. Monica’s community experience also includes serving as a board member for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, the Wheat Ridge Planning Commission, the West Metro Veteran Resource Network, Heading Home, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness, she is actively involved with Wheat Ridge Partnered in Faith, as well as having served on the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival board. She is also a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Latino Initiative.

In addition to her public service, Monica has been a dedicated Democratic volunteer. She has volunteered for the Jefferson County Democratic Latino Initiative (JDLI), served as a delegate to numerous assemblies, is a member of the HD-24 Democrats, and has stepped up at the precinct level as a Democratic PCP.

As our state representative, Monica Duran will be a champion for Colorado working families – standing up to big corporate special interests trying to take over the Statehouse, helping to level the playing field for people working to feed their families. As a working mom, local progressive activist, Democratic leader and elected public servant, Monica understands the challenges facing working Coloradans and their families, and will dedicate her service to fighting for our values in the Colorado State House.