Debie Hunter Holen
Debi Hunter Holen, who served as an at-large councilmember 2011 to 2015 and as mayor pro tem in 2015, is seeking a return to Aurora City Council this year.
The native Coloradan has called the city home for nearly 40 years. She says she is focused on bringing her “vision of attainable housing, accessible public infrastructure and accountable city government” back to City Council.
While serving previously, Holen helped establish Aurora Sister Cities International, the Office of International Affairs, Stanley’s Marketplace and Aurora Welcome Center.
Since leaving office two years ago, Holen has remained active, helping to secure funding and space for Rocky Mountain Multicultural Radio. She also served on the boards for Aurora Warms the Night, the Aurora Public Schools Foundation, Aurora Sister Cities International, Aurora NAACP, Aurora At Home, Aurora Mental Health, Aurora Gang Reduction Intervention Prevention and the Citizens Advisory Budget Committee
Before being elected to council, Holen was assistant to the chief of equity and engagement for Aurora Public Schools.
Throughout her career, Holen says she has “fought for a more fair and higher-quality public education system for all children and for the welfare of all of Aurora citizens, especially those affected by homelessness and mental illness.”
She served on Aurora Citizens for Excellent Schools, helping to pass the school district’s bond and mill levy measures.
Holen served as president of the Nuñez Foundation for four years and was on its scholarship committee for six years, helping establish a summer-school program for middle school students in both Aurora and neighboring school districts.
She has also been Aurora PTA Council president and a member of the Colorado PTA board.
Holen has served on the Board of the Asian Pacific Partners in Leadership for Education, the military academy selection board for U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, and on the Refugee Services Quarterly Community Consultation Committee.
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