Juan Marcano

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Juan Antonio Marcano is an Aurora Colorado activist. Married to Aly DeWills-Marcano.

People's Charter endorser

The People's Charter was released by the Working Families Party shortly before the 2020 election.

Endorsers included Juan Marcano.

Rent waiver plan

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Denver DSA April 2 2020.

A group in Denver is petitioning Mayor Michael Hancock to enact a 90-day waiver to cancel and forgive all rental, mortgage and utility payments amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mariah Wood, co-chair of Denver Democratic Socialists of America, is organizing the push. ‘People are choosing whether to pay rent or to save that little bit of money to buy medication,’ said Wood.” #CancelRent

Denver City Council members Candi CdeBaca and Chris Hinds both spoke in the press conference.

“We need a lot of help in fighting for this rental freeze,” said CdeBaca. “This stimulus package, stimulus check doesn’t even cover this area’s median rent.”

“You can look around the country and see that cities are already starting to take action,” said Wood, referring to Aurora, which passed a similar resolution a week prior.

“We kind of already knew where this was headed, even when the coasts were beginning to feel the brunt of it. We knew this was going to impact the service industry workers and hospitality workers,” said Juan Marcano, an Aurora City Council member.

Wood says the idea temporarily postponing rental payments or offering payment plans would not help tenants in the long run.[1]

Workers be put at forefront of COVID-19 recovery

At least five of Colorado’s elected democratic socialists have signed on to a letter laying out demands for local government responses to the coronavirus crisis.

Aurora City Council members Alison Coombs and Juan Marcano, Boulder City Councilwoman Junie Joseph, Denver City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca and Jefferson County Surveyor Bryan Douglass joined about two dozen other democratic socialist officials calling for a “just response” to the pandemic, one that is focused on “centering” working people.

“We’re fighting for a world in which human life is valued above profit,” the group wrote in a letter published on In These Times, a progressive political magazine based in Chicago. “As the Covid-19 crisis has spread, at home and abroad, we’ve seen governments slow to invest in healthcare and hospitals, but quick to open up their wallets to bail out large corporations—just as before the pandemic.”[2]

Council wars

In 2017, every Aurora City Council seat was held by a conservative. That’s before the election that year brought in progressives Nicole Johnston, Allison Hiltz and Crystal Murillo.

Alison Coombs, Councilperson for Ward V was elected in 2019 with another progressive Democrat, Juan Marcano from Ward IV.[3]

Recently, some personal divides created a minor blunder. Lawmakers inadvertently elected conservative member Francoise Bergan as the city’s Mayor Pro Tem because of discord between leftists and centrists.

In theory, the three centrists and three further-left members can control council business if they band together with their combined six votes. But the two groups split on the Mayor Pro Tem appointment between two candidates: independent Angela Lawson and progressive Crystal Murillo.

Neither candidate won enough votes among the would-be coalition of six. Nicole Johnston, who is often considered a centrist, blamed the progressive and democratic socialists backing Murillo; in turn, they blamed centrists for refusing to support the Ward I representative and said they couldn’t trust Lawson after months of unreturned texts and phone calls.

After the misstep, Bergan quickly appointed other conservatives to the city’s key Public Safety committee, where police reforms are often first fielded — although it’s not required.

The radio silence between some liberals and Lawson — who often holds tremendous power as a swing vote on the council — means many votes come down to the wire.

In November 2020 , Lawson joined conservatives to sink Alison Coombs’ and Juan Marcano’s minimum wage increase plan in a 6-5 vote, with Coffman breaking the tie. If approved, the hotly-debated law would have raised the city’s bottom wage to $12.60 per hour in 2021, during a pandemic crippling workers and small business owners alike, and ultimately to $17 an hour in 2025.

While Lawson’s vote can quietly make or break a law, hostilities between Councilmember Dave Gruber and leftists often roil council debates.

It’s the most obvious schism on the city council.

Gruber told the Sentinel he sees himself as a barrier between the democratic socialists, Marcano and Coombs, and the best interests of Aurora.

“It’s not, ‘We’re here to take care of the city.’ They lead with their socialism,” Gruber said of the pair.

He also said their agenda and that of progressives is more often crafted by national or Denver-based organizations. Gruber especially took up that banner when Johnston and Marcano worked with Denver-based liberal groups to craft sweeping campaign finance reforms in the fall; meanwhile, Coombs relied upon the Denver-based Bell Policy Institute as experts on a failed minimum wage bump last year.

Marcano has repeatedly said Gruber approaches debates in “bad faith.” He’ll ask outside speakers like Fabbricatore “misleading” questions to denigrate sound policies, he said, and he has a “record of dishonesty.”

“If he continues to act in bad faith, he will continue to be called out for it,” Marcano said. “That’s my pledge.”

In Aurora, the full-time mayor can’t shape city budgets or veto city council decisions. And unless he’s casting a tie-breaking vote on council, the mayor doesn’t even vote on most council business.[4]

Victory

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Denver DSA November 8 2019·

It took a couple days but we can now safely say, CONGRATULATIONS to DSA member and endorsed candidate Juan Marcano for Aurora City Council Ward 4 on his victory!! A Democratic Socialist took on a developer backed Republican incumbent and WON! This was a true grassroots effort, for the community and by the community, and we could not be prouder.

Aurora City Council has been flipped to a progressive/left majority and can now set to work taking on the hundreds of new drilling sites, the GEO detention center, the rampant deveopment, the lack of campaign finance laws, etc. This is why local politics matter!

Crow endorsement

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Many elected Democrats came out in favor of Juan Marcano who ran on his immigrant roots, including Attorney General Phil Weiser, 6th Congressional District Rep. Jason Crow, Arapahoe County Commissioners Nancy Jackson and Bill Holen and State Rep Rep. Mike Weissman. He also received the endorsements of organizations such as Working Families Party, Run For Something and Colorado People’s Action, all of which recruit and support young progressives to help build their political careers and advance the socialist movement.[5]

Crow also endorsed Alison Coombs and Bryan Lindstrom.

Endorsements

Many elected Democrats came out in favor of the candidate who ran on his immigrant roots, including Attorney General Phil Weiser, 6th Congressional District Rep. Jason Crow, Arapahoe County Commissioners Nancy Jackson and Bill Holen and State Rep Rep. Mike Weissman. He also received the endorsements of organizations such as Working Families Party, Run For Something and Colorado People’s Action, all of which recruit and support young progressives to help build their political careers and advance the socialist movement.[6]

Council campaign

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Denver DSA August 28 2019·

We're thrilled to endorse DSA member, Juan Marcano for Aurora City Council Ward 4! Juan has a long history of fighting for his community and plans to take on the private prison contractors in Aurora, the hundreds of newly approved oil and gas wells, the lack of campaign finance laws and the disappearance of affordable housing. We are so excited to expand our electoral work into Aurora with a Democratic Socialist so we hope you'll join us in donating to and volunteering for Juan!

With over a decade of experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, experience collaborating with candidates and elected officials as a policy adviser on issues such as campaign finance reform, electoral reform, housing, land use, and zoning, my service on the Arapahoe County Citizen's Budget Committee, and my leadership within citizen-led advocacy organizations such as Aurora Residents for Transparency and Transformation and Colorado People's Action, I believe I am an excellent choice to be your next city council member for Ward IV. I hope that you’ll join our team and help us build an Aurora for all.[7]

Murillo team

Crystal Murillo for Aurora City Council Ward 1 October 24, 2017 ·

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MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the phone bankers tonight! YOU! are how we win! #GoVoteAurora Arapahoe Young Dems & not so young dems FTW! — with Jason Crow, Barack Obama, Mike Cervantes, Aly DeWills-Marcano, David Aarestad, Michael Westerberg, Carlton Godofsky, Juan Antonio Marcano, Crystal Murillo, Nick Swanson, Kristin Mallory, Jessica Campbell-Swanson, Bee Jo Janssen Holmgren, Tyler McDermott, Kevin Cox and Lorraine Coombs.

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