Meet the Candidates: Aurora 2021

John Ronquillo for At Large

John Ronquillo is a professor at the University of Denver School of Public Affairs and lives in Aurora, where his children attend schools in the Cherry Creek School District. He was inspired by his parents who were both career-long union members to put himself through school with scholarships and loans. The hard work ethic of his father, an industrial painter, materials handler, and tool repairman, and his late mother as a general laborer and secretary instilled in John the bedrock of everything he does. In his work, John uplifts community, ensuring our community voices are at the forefront of the solutions for an Aurora for all. He is fighting for living wages, putting people over profit and keeping families together. 

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Crystal Murillo for Ward 1

Crystal Murillo is a lifelong Aurora and Ward 1 resident. Raised by a single, immigrant mother; Crystal utilized her mothers spirit of dedication to become both the first high school graduate and first college graduate in her family, graduating from Smoky Hill High School and the University of Denver. As a first-generation American, Crystal saw firsthand how inequalities affect communities of color and she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live thriving lives. Crystal is a member leader with Colorado People’s Action. She is running for re-election after becoming the youngest and first Latina to be elected to Aurora City Council in 2017.Crystal runs on a platform of an economy that works for all of us, and immigrant justice. Her record on Aurora City Council shows that she is ready to work and her commitment to our issues is real. When not serving on the Aurora City Council, Crystal works at the University of Denver as the Diversity Program Coordinator.

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Bryan Lindstrom for Ward 2

Bryan Lindstrom is a lifelong Aurora resident raised by middle class parents. Graduating from Gateway High School and the University of Northern Colorado, Bryan went on to become a high school history teacher and currently teaches at Hinkley High School in Aurora. Bryan is a member leader with Colorado People’s Action. Bryan is running for Aurora City Council to fight for his students and their parents. Teaching has shown him that the issues of education, economic justice, and racial justice are interconnected and must be addressed inside and outside the classroom. He’s running to transform the Aurora community, economy, environment, and move it into a place where opportunities and safety are available to all.

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Ruben Medina for Ward 3

Ruben Medina is a lifelong Colorado resident, he has been married to a Montview Elementary School first grade teacher for over thirty years, and together they have three children and four grandchildren. Ruben has a long history of serving the community, first as an EMT and firefighter and then as a project manager and consultant. In Aurora, Ruben built the Moorhead Recreation Center and has led programs to address food insecurity, racial profiling, and other social crises. As an Aurora City Council member, Ruben plans to continue to fight for a more resilient and resourceful Aurora by creating opportunities for all. Ruben is fighting for livable wages for all, community policing programs, the creation of a teen wellness and job center, and transparent leadership. He is running to show the Aurora community that individuals can make a difference and is proud to be a working community member himself.

Read Ruben’s candidate questionnaire here