Former legislative aide Mandy Lindsay appointed to represent House District 42 in Aurora

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AURORA | After two rounds of voting by a vacancy committee in House District 42, Aurora adds Mandy Lindsay to its state delegation. 

She replaces former Rep. Dominique Jackson, who resigned after being tapped in December to be a Department of Housing and Urban Development regional administrator by the Biden administration. 

Lindsay served as Jackson’s legislative aide and has lived in Aurora since 2013. She said she’d like to carry on much of the work Jackson had championed at the Legislature, including policies focused on affordable housing and lowering health care costs.

“In the ninth grade, I joined the debate team and spent Saturdays arguing the issue that the federal government should guarantee comprehensive health insurance to all United States citizens. Some things never change in 25 years,” she said during opening remarks of the vacancy committee meeting, which was held by Arapahoe County Democrats via Zoom due to rising COVID-19 cases.

A mom of four kids, Lindsay said she endured many of the same struggles many people in the community experience, including finding childcare, navigating Denver’s school choice system, finding attainable housing and even selling plasma just to be able to put food on the table.

“You want to see the cracks in our system play out? Stand in line at a plasma donation center and chat with people,” she said. “It’s (people in) scrubs before shifts at their healthcare job or people coming off the job site in their reflective vests. These are people who are working full time and on their way home stop here to donate plasma for $60 a pop.”

Over the last year, Lindsay said she’d been working at a mass vaccine clinic. This week the virus hit her house, she said.

Four other local Democrats sought the appointment: Former Aurora City Councilmember Debi Hunter-Holen, former Aurora Public Schools board member Eric Nelson, physician Kyle Leggot — who also said he had tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend — and former Aurora fire inspector Gale Pough, who received the second highest number of votes. 

Hunter Holen, Nelson, Pough and Leggott have all also filed to run for the 2022 election, according to current Colorado Secretary of State filings.

One Republican, Cory Parella, has so far filed to run for the seat. 

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Beau Hebert
Beau Hebert
6 months ago

Mandy is an incredibly hard worker and we’re all lucky to have her represent us!