Meet State Rep. Monica Duran
A grassroots activist who took on powerful developers and won. A community leader and progressive Democrat who is fighting for Jeffco in the Colorado State House. State Rep. Monica Duran is fighting for a safer community, local public schools and working families across the state.
Monica’s grandparents, mother, aunts, and uncles were migrant farm workers. Her Father worked three jobs as an enlisted Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Her mother is a first generation Mexican-American. Monica’s mom marched alongside Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta fighting for the right to unionize migrant farm workers for better wages and better working conditions. 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 former homeless single mother, she leads the way in the legislature to create more pathways for survivors to escape abusive relationships. She fights to ensure that our most vulnerable do not slip through the cracks and suffer in silence.
Married for over thirty years and with four grown sons, Monica worked for over three decades in the dental industry, and previously worked 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 is fighting to protect our neighborhood schools.
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 quality of life. Monica then served on the Wheat Ridge City Council and was also a Director of the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection Board. Monica’s work in the community 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, and Heading Home, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness. She has also been involved with Wheat Ridge Partnered in Faith as well as the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival board. Monica is a proud member of the Jefferson County Democratic Latino Initiative (JDLI).
As our state representative, Monica Duran has been a champion for Colorado working families – standing up to big corporate special interests and helping to level the playing field for people working to feed their families.