The Aurora City Council is a non-partisan body, but that won’t stop the Colorado Democratic Party from celebrating the three newly-elected progressive women on the dais.
Colorado Democrats will honor Crystal Murillo, Allison Hiltz and Nicole Johnston with Rising Star awards, for being” breakout stars” within the party, at the inaugural Obama Dinner, on Feb. 3, the party said in a press statement.
“We are honored to have such dedicated Democrats fighting every day to ensure that all Coloradans have a fair shot and opportunities to succeed,” Morgan Carroll, Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, said in a statement.
“The Colorado Democratic Party would not be able to accomplish all that it can without the tireless work that our volunteers and leaders put in every day, and our award winners have proven that they are willing to step up to the plate to strengthen the state party to help move our state forward. Their commitment to building communities that work for all Coloradans is what will help elect great leaders up and down the ballot in November.”
The women were part of a progressive wave over the traditionally conservative Aurora City Council. They were coached by Emerge Colorado, a six-month program that trains Democratic women how to run election campaigns. They netted endorsements from progressive groups and from their hometown newspaper.
In December, Murillo, the youngest member of the board at 23 and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, was featured in an episode of She’s the Ticket, an online program following female candidates for public office around the country.