Crisanta Duran

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Crisanta Duran

Crisanta Duran served in the Colorado House of Representative since 2010. As a legislator, she has served on the Judiciary, Finance, State Veterans & Military Affairs and Joint Council Committees. Rep. Duran is currently the Chair of the Joint Budget Committee and the Appropriations Committee, which are charged with balancing the Colorado Budget every year. A native of Colorado, she is a longtime champion of working families and immigrant rights.[1]

Congressional run

Crisanta Duran, the former state house speaker, announced her candidacy to primary Diana DeGette in the middle of the fundraising period in late February 2019.

“This is a great start to our campaign for change,” Duran said in the release. “We received contributions from people of all walks of life and from an inclusive cross-section of leaders and grassroots supporters throughout our community.”

Duran isn’t accepting money from corporate political action committees, a fact her campaign is using to set her apart from DeGette, who is accepting money from these types of PACs. Duran campaign consultant Steve Welchert said in the release that they “don’t expect to keep up with DeGette’s corporate PAC machine, but today’s report shows we’ll build a strong, winning campaign.”

DeGette campaign advisor Jennie Peek-Dunstone said in a statement to Denverite that Welchert’s comment about PAC money is “ironic coming from the Duran campaign when she took PAC money for almost a decade,” referencing Duran’s time in the Colorado legislature.

“In the past three months, Congresswoman DeGette has been been working to reduce insulin prices, fight President Trump’s family separation policy, and hold the EPA accountable,” Peek-Dunstone said in the statement. “At the same time, her campaign raised almost $140,000. Congresswoman DeGette’s focus is on doing the work she was elected to do.”[2]

Colorado Jobs with Justice


Colorado Jobs with Justice Workers Rights board as of 2014;

She the People 2018 Summit

She the People's three-year initiative kicked off with its inaugural She the People Summit on September 20, 2018 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The sold-out, first-ever national summit of women of color in politics drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.

Speakers included Crisanta Duran.

“Central 70” protest

February 2017 a raucous meeting hosted Thursday by the Colorado Department of Transportation and hijacked by angry residents of the Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods in central Denver, the presence of three members of the Legislature made a splash.

There was state Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran in the front row mostly watching and listening to the angry residents, who are all her District 5 constituents. And there standing at the back were reliably outspoken members of the House chamber Reps. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver. They stood just watching, too, their lips sealed, their heads turning this way and that way as speakers made points and audience members shouted in response.

The lawmakers didn’t have to say anything. It was the fact that they came to the meeting that mattered to the protesters.

CDOT Director Shailen Bhatt hosted the event, intending to lay out next-step plans on the $1.2 billion “Central 70” interstate project, which is set to begin early next year.

“This is a state project, and they are the only ones who can help us now,” said protest organizer Candi CdeBaca, whose family has lived in the neighborhood for generations. “If they will not represent us, we will elect others who will.”

“We’re here to listen tonight. We have to figure out how to bring people together,” said Duran, when she was asked to speak. “I think it’s a shame I-70 was placed where it was. I know you’re angry, and I’m sorry.”[4]

Huerta connection

Crisanta Duran for Congress September 30, 2017 ·


With Dolores Huerta, Crisanta Duran and Crystal Murillo.