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Aurora’s youngest city council member featured on ‘She’s the Ticket’

Author: Marianne Goodland - December 6, 2017 - Updated: December 6, 2017


The latest episode of “She’s the Ticket,” a new web series from Topic, features the 2017 city council run of 23-year old Crystal Murillo of Aurora.

Murillo, a first-generation American, was elected to Ward 1 last month.

The show focuses on women who decided to run for elected office, some inspired by what happened in the 2016 national election.

In the episode, Murillo talked about her reaction to President Donald Trump’s win a year ago, stating Trump didn’t represent her values and that “I feel like layers of my identity were kind of being chipped away at.”

Murillo spoke of supporting DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students and an interest in affordable housing, an issue she believes the Council can tackle. She literally ran between houses — in order to meet daily canvassing targets — as she hunted for votes in the northwest Aurora district that also includes a large swath of East Colfax Avenue.

The election pitted Murillo against incumbent Sally Mounier, a race that Murillo won in a landslide by more than 21 percent.

Murillo pointed out that Mounier, who is 79 and a registered Republican, had recently voted against an Aurora resolution on sanctuary city status. That offended Murillo, who is Mexican-American and the first in her family to graduate from high school and college. Murillo also claimed that Mounier, whom she said at first didn’t take her candidacy seriously, later hired a company to investigate Murillo’s employment and her family’s immigration status. Family members hold legal status, Murillo explained.

To watch the full episode, which is about 10 minutes, click here.


Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.