I’m Lucy and I’m running for Council because I have a passion for people, and I believe it’s time that people like me have a voice and a seat at the table without having to bring my own chair. I want to represent you because I know your struggles in trying to make ends meet in a world that seems to make life difficult for people who are disadvantaged and may never have the same opportunities so accessible to others, especially a people of color. Running for office was not something I had in my plans. But after being approached by many friends and colleagues urging me to run, I decided I had to step up and say yes. I’ll admit, it wasn’t an easy decision to make. I am not a person of means. I have never worked in government. I don’t have special connections. I just know when things need to be better than they are, and I want to help to make those changes for the people that may not always be seen as deserving. I have always been an activist, while encouraging others to be courageous, get involved, and stand up for what’s right. Now is our time, and I encourage you to join me.
Lucy has received many worthy endorsements from social justice advocacy groups, and one of them is from the Working Families Party, which activists nationally for working families across our nation. Lucy’s quote was published as follows in the Denver Post - "While many working families in my community are forced to work two or three jobs to make ends meet, big corporations have found the pot of gold at the end of the taxpayer rainbow in Commerce City," said endorsed Commerce City Council candidate Luz (Lucy) Molina. "The Working Families Party supports candidates who will co-govern with the community rather than wealthy corporations and special interests. I am proud to stand with WFP to bring the people’s voice to city hall."
Once you meet Lucy, you’ll never forget her and that’s why we say that “We love Lucy!”. Lucy has an amazing spirit - her genuine passion radiates good-will wherever she goes. Whether it’s at the Capitol advocating for environmental justice by testifying for bills to help Colorado move into the clean energy age, or at the Colorado State Board of Education fighting to save District 14’s brand new high school from private take-over, Lucy is there to stand up for what is right for the people of Commerce City. Lucy knows what it’s like to barely make ends meet. Lucy knows what it’s like to choose between paying the bills and the rent and feeding her family. She also knows what it’s like to have sick kids and an ailing mother without knowing why they continue to be plagued with unrelenting mysterious illnesses. Lucy knows there are solutions to these problems, but in order to solve these problems, there has to be people in a position of authority to first, recognize that there are problems, and then to find real solutions, and put those solutions into place. Lucy will be that council woman who gets things done, finding real solutions for real problems – the problems that many people know all too well and struggle with, only because the system is stacked against them. Lucy will be your voice and bring the change.
My Father is from El Paso Texas, and my Mother from Chihuahua, Mexico - both U.S. Citizens moved to Colorado in 1975 when I was 1 year old, the oldest of 5 siblings. My Grandmother and my Mother BOTH were community activists in the 60’s and 70’s with the Labor Movement, marching with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in El Paso Texas. My Grandmother (Union Leader) was a WARRIOR. My Mother is a WARRIOR. I am a WARRIOR – I believe it is in my genes. They taught me to STAND UP for what’s right - to be the VOICE of the oppressed and to be MY OWN VOICE. I remember how PROUD my grandmother was when she signed my last Drivers Licenses Petition to give undocumented people the ability to get a license to drive in 2018. She said “Mija, if I was better, I would be knocking on doors with you!”. She passed away a few weeks later from cancer. I only wish she could be here now to know that I am following in her footsteps by running for City Council. My parents are my BIGGEST inspiration, they RISKED it all and moved to Colorado from Texas. No English. No family. No home. Only HOPE for a better life. They always remind me how we slept in the car - I was 1 year old when they got to Colorado and the winters were savage. Knowing their SACRIFICE, makes me want to be a better person, daughter, mother, aunt, friend, neighbor, and now a public servant. Knowing their sacrifice makes me want to be the voice for others. Now is my opportunity to do that, and I would be honored to serve you all as one of your At-Large Commerce City Councilors.