City: Wheat Ridge
Profession: Dental Management
Campaign Website: www.monicaduran.com
What makes you the best choice for this office?
I am a grassroots activist who took on powerful developers and won. I am community leader who will fight for Jeffco in the Colorado State House. I will make sure that those who are struggling have a voice. As a domestic violence survivor and once homeless single mom, I understand the tough choices between putting food on the table or paying your bills.
What can the Legislature do to ease the strain of rising housing prices on Colorado residents?
There has been a massive influx of people to Colorado in recent years and this has driven up the cost of housing immensely. We need to work with builders and other stakeholders to make sure that we are meeting the needs and demands of our growing communities, and coming up with innovative housing solutions.
What can be done to ensure the state’s transportation system will be able to accommodate continued population growth?
We need to properly fund the transportation infrastructure in our state to make sure that we can accommodate future growth. I believe that we need to find a fair way to fund our transportation needs through bonds as well as appropriate taxes. I will remain open to listening to the needs of all Coloradans so that we can best balance the immediate needs of the people with the needs of our future generations.
What two issues demand more attention in the upcoming Legislative session than they received in the previous one, and why?
I believe that education funding and spending and the creation of good paying jobs are what needs the most attention in this upcoming session. We need to make sure that our teachers are making a professional wage and that we are using our tax dollars to fund our public schools as effectively as possible. We also need to provide good jobs with livable wages to our citizens. Folks shouldn’t have to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet.
If elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
I would consider my first session in the legislature a success if we could pass some legislation that would increase teacher compensation and make sure that all of the children in Colorado have access to the best education possible despite their zip codes.
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