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About Me

I am a legislative aide in the Colorado Senate. I understand policy and have experience working on bipartisan legislation which means working with others on both sides of the aisle. I understand the stakeholder process, and the importance of bringing people to the conversation when making decisions. In 2019 I worked for a Senator who serves on the Joint Budget Committee and understand the complexities of how a local government budget works.

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Mission

 When our community works together, we all are able to gain the economic vitality and stability that responsible government creates. I am the product of what happens when your community works together. Growing up in a proud military family, the values of hard work and dedication to our country and everyone in it were instilled in me from a young age. But despite how hard-working my family was, we still struggled. By the time I was 13, my mom, sister, and I had settled in Colorado. We were latch-key kids. our public school didn’t have before and after-school programs for kids like us.

 

We were barely surviving when I found out I was pregnant at 15 years old. We couldn’t afford health insurance. By the age of 16, I was on my own with my infant son. But I knew if I stayed determined, we would find a way. On many days it was challenging to keep that faith. Still, with the support of my community and government services, I am now a college-educated and happily married mother of three healthy, happy children. Although it was challenging for many years, I am fortunate. This has given me a first-hand understanding of why it is so vital that the services we have in place are accessible and functional and the importance of being able to provide access to healthy food for all children.  

    

Empower

    As I continued to work tirelessly to improve my family's economic stability, I worked in the service industry at one of our local hospitals. At that time, I depended on public transportation and would take the bus and walk long portions of my commute early in the morning and late at night. I made this commute in rain and snow and often in the dark. I was so thankful for our public transportation system, but still often struggled with the significant distance from my home to the transportation stops in my daily commute to work. I walked several miles to and from public transit stops in freezing rain and snow for countless days. To this day, I still distinctly recall walking my tired feet the mile to the exposed rural bus stop on the side of the road when a kind local police officer pulled over and offered me a ride home. The officer said he felt terribly watching me shiver in the rain at a bus stop that didn’t have a bench or a covering to protect me from the weather. Most of the time, I didn’t have someone to drive me home, and many times I didn’t feel safe. 

    I worked many service jobs, went through school, and began my career while doing what many people can’t do anymore: raising a family in Westminster. My path was difficult but attainable with hard work and support. Young adults and young families are moving away, and seniors are being pushed out of their communities as the cost of living in Westminster continues to increase, making it unaffordable to stay. Our neighborhood schools are closing because young people either can’t afford to start a family or can’t afford to raise their children here anymore. We need to make sure Westminster becomes a place where young families and our retired seniors have a path to economic vitality, with safe neighborhood schools and after-school programs for our kids. 

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More About Me

My life is a lot different today because of the community I created along the way, the jobs and community groups I've sought out, and a lot of hard work.  I received my Associate of Arts Degree from Red Rocks Community College on a low-income grant, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Regis University.  I worked my way through college like many Americans. I worked hard to get good grades while simultaneously serving in student government, working in the LGBT Resource Center, working on campaigns, and raising my children.  It was during this time that I had my eyes opened up to the real-life struggles other people also went through. I co-founded and became President of the Southern Poverty Law Center Club on Campus because I had to do something after returning from a Civil Rights tour through the Southern United States.  The Southern Poverty Law Center Club on campus used documentaries by people of color to educate students, and people of color spoke to our club about issues that were important to them, such as the specific issues Black transgender women face and how we can support them.

 

The same year I graduated from Red Rocks Community College, I started to see candidates like me. People from all backgrounds and walks of life get elected into office at all levels of government.  When you are one of the lucky ones, it makes you want to lift up as many people with you as you can. At that time, I didn’t know where to start, so I rolled up my sleeves and dug all the way in. 

 

It's why I've fed the homeless at the Denver Rescue Mission, built part of a home with Habitat for Humanity, and volunteered at the Action Center in Jefferson County and many other organizations. It's also why I'm running to represent the residents of my home here in Westminster

 

It’s why I worked for Tracy Kraft-Tharp as a field organizer for House District 29 in 2018.  I knocked on 500 doors a week for three months. And why I worked on Senator Zenzinger’s re-election campaign as a field coordinator in 2020 and knocked on even more doors in Senate District 19. I spoke to you and learned we share common values when it comes to our planet, education, healthcare, protecting the working class, protecting our seniors, and protecting our children. We all know we can do better. We must do better.  I am a proud active member of the Jefferson County Latino Initiative, and I’m a member of the Jefferson County IDEA Task Force. I worked for our Senator, Rachel Zenzinger as a legislative intern in the 2019 session. Then I went on to become a legislative aide for Senator Joann Ginal.  I remember the first time I had my research read in committee. I've worked on policy, I talked to you, and I answered your emails.  I learned the job and grew to understand the tough decisions that legislators are asked to make. I’m confident I can represent you.

 

I don’t ask for your vote lightly. 

 

I know what we can accomplish when we work together. I’ve seen it.  I’ve contributed to it, and so have you. When we come together and make our voices heard, we create change. We know what is possible if our voices are heard. 

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