Opinion

Duran: Day Four at DNC 2016: What define’s us?

Author: Crisanta Duran - July 30, 2016 - Updated: July 30, 2016

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Crisanta Duran
Crisanta Duran

On the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, I was asked to address the convention. Speaking on the night that Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to ever accept the nomination of a major political party was without a doubt one of the greatest honors of my life. I will never forget representing our beautiful state on the stage, and I hope I made Colorado proud.

In my speech, I made a point that in this country, we do not define our value by our net worth. As the daughter of a family that relied on food stamps to get by when I was first born, and growing up to speak about it on a national convention stage, this could not ring more true for me. I have always known that Hillary Clinton shares this belief with me, and after her speech Thursday night, I am so proud of what she believes does define us.

Hillary Clinton believes we’re defined by our diversity, not by a stereotype of what some people think an American should look and worship like. She believes we’re defined by our ability to accomplish our goals and solve our problems by working together, not by listening to one person at the top. And, she believes that we are defined as a nation that breaks down barriers to create opportunities for all, not as one that builds walls.

It was a wonderful week in Philadelphia — one that I will always remember. When I look back, I am struck by the stark contrast between our party’s convention and the Republicans’ the week prior.

No one spoke about building a wall, or taking away a woman’s control over her own body, or limiting Americans’ access to health care. Our convention was all about moving forward, not backwards. We discussed real policy issues that would make an actual difference in the lives of families across this country — from improving our education system, to creating more sustainable jobs, to combating climate change, to enacting common sense gun legislation.

As I head back to the great state of Colorado, I am so proud to be a Democrat, and to say, I’m with her.

Crisanta Duran

Crisanta Duran

Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat representing House District 5, is speaker of the Colorado House.