Meet our Members & Endorsed Candidates for the 2019 Aurora Municipal Elections
Why are we in Aurora?
Colorado People’s Action members are continuing to build power in Aurora to shift politics as usual and win a majority in City Council. After years of investment in Aurora, electing 3 members to the city council in 2017, we are excited to endorse 5 members running for the Aurora City Council this year – we have a member running for each of the open seats in council including the Mayor’s seat. CPA members are doing the groundwork to build governing power in Aurora. Through endorsing bold progressive candidates, building relationships in our community, knocking on doors to engage Aurora neighbors and voters, we can win in November. We are shifting politics as usual in one of the most diverse cities in Colorado and the country.
If you are interested in getting involved in our work to build power in Aurora and elect our members into office please contact ananiya at firstname.lastname@example.org / (720) 353-0394.
Meet Omar Montgomery
Candidate for Aurora Mayor
“As Mayor I will first look to the roots of systematic oppression for low income communities and support policies to change them.” Omar
Omar is a CPA member committed to building governing power and fighting to win The People’s Platform for racial, climate, economic, and immigrant justice.
“As mayor, I will be accessible and accountable. I strongly believe in accountability, which is one of the reasons I sit on several task forces and boards ensuring it. My experience being a community advocate for communities of color, I recognize the issues of when leaders make promises, but don’t deliver. If I commit to moving a policy forward that I work on with COPA through the co-governance process, I will follow through. The regular communication of quarterly meetings will enable us to track progress on achieving that vision for a better Aurora. I look forward to working closely to make that happen.” -Omar
Meet Leanne Wheeler
Candidate for Aurora City Council, At-Large
“My interface with the City of Aurora to move forward with Providence at the Heights, was the impetus for my run…the level of NIMBYism within the City governance structure led to our site plan being denied…I want to be a part of this critical change.” Leanne
Leanne is a CPA member committed to building governing power and fighting to win The People’s Platform for racial, climate, economic, and immigrant justice.
“We are a representative government, and Council Members are accountable to our neighbors. Integrity and character matter. It is not an unreasonable expectation that Aurorans are centered in the work, that Aurorans inform our own governance, and that those who represent us in elected office, are fully accountable to Aurorans.” -Leanne
Meet Juan Marcano
Candidate for Aurora City Council, Ward 4
“I decided to run for city council because I believe that our city should work for working-class people and not the special interests that fund their campaigns.” Juan
Juan is a CPA member committed to building governing power and fighting to win The People’s Platform for racial, climate, economic, and immigrant justice.
“Accountability to me means being open to criticism and suggestions from my community and taking that feedback into account. If there is disagreement, I feel that the community would be owed an explanation without any defensiveness or excuses. I have been holding our city council accountable for over three years, and that will certainly not change because I am on the other end of the dais.” -Juan
Meet Alison Coombs
Candidate for Aurora City Council, Ward 5
“I am running because I know that Aurora deserves people-centered, people-driven government. In Aurora, our strength is in our diversity, so having all voices heard will allow us to address issues with growth, including housing, infrastructure, and environmental protection. I am committed to servant leadership and co-governing, and would make that a central part of my efforts as a council member.” Alison
Alison is a CPA member committed to building governing power and fighting to win The People’s Platform for racial, climate, economic, and immigrant justice.
“I believe lack of accountability has eroded public trust in civic institutions. Transparency of information and decision-making is a core value of mine. I will work to engage community members and organizations in transparent process as part of making policy and voting on policy that comes before me. I am absolutely willing to be held accountable and hold others accountable to a city where people can thrive, build community, and put down roots.” -Alison
Meet Bryan Lindstrom
Candidate for Aurora City Council, Ward 6
“I am running because I have lived in Aurora my entire life. I went to school here, I own my home here, and I teach here. I am exhausted from watching our community be sold out to big money interests.” Bryan
Bryan is a CPA member committed to building governing power and fighting to win The People’s Platform for racial, climate, economic, and immigrant justice.
“I love everything COPA stands for and I need their voice to ensure I am always held accountable. No one should run for office if they can’t be accountable to their community. If I am no longer accountable to my community, that is when it is time for me to vacate my seat.” -Bryan