If there is anything good to come of a Trump presidency, it's that it's encouraged a surge of young people to run for offices like state legislatures, city councils and more. Adams County is no exception, and we are thrilled so many Young Dems are stepping up to run to represent us.
Leading up to the municipal elections on Nov. 7, we'll be profiling Young Dems running for city council seats in Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn and Aurora, giving you a chance to learn more about these remarkable people, their beliefs and their candidate platform.
Julie Mullica, Candidate for Northglenn City Council, Ward 3
What made you decide you wanted to run?
It was a combination of things. A year ago, I never would have thought I would run for political office but with the November 2016 election, and some disturbing positions our local city council members were taking, I just had enough. I knew that if I wanted things to change, I needed to take a more active role in making that happen.
How have your previous experiences, professionally and personally, made you the right candidate for this office?
I have been fortunate to have a rewarding career as an Infection Preventionist, preventing healthcare-associated infections in hospitalized patients. I work with diverse teams of people (e.g., physicians, nurses, facilities and custodial staff) to implement best practices and improve the quality of care for our patients. Those skills have allowed me to coordinate various perspectives and goals to achieve measurable outcomes.
In addition, I’ve been an invested member of my community. I’ve attended countless city events and city council meetings. I have educated myself about transit in suburban areas through completing the Citizens Academy Transit Alliance program. I also currently serve on the citizen’s advisory board providing input into the redevelopment of the new recreation center, senior center and theatre.
As a professional, as a mom and as an invested member of our community, I am ready to hit the ground running as the next Northglenn City Councilwoman for Ward 3. I am ready to work with our community, our regional leaders, our residents and our staff to make Northglenn Shine!
Has anything about your experience as a candidate surprised you?
Yes! The bullying has been terrible from some of the other candidates, especially one mayoral candidate in particular. I’m just shocked that adults can be so disrespectful.
What are the most pressing issues facing your city and what will you do to address them?
The redevelopment of our public buildings in Northglenn are one of our most pressing issues. I believe that my neighbors deserve a seat at the table and a strong voice when it comes to the decisions that are being made in our city. The decisions we are making today will lay the foundation for the next generation of Northglenn. It’s important that we have a strong leader who knows our community and will advocate for all of our residents.
Running for office can be rewarding, but difficult. What keeps you going?
My husband, kids and friends. This campaign has been really difficult but they keep me going and remind me why I’m running.
What’s your favorite thing about where you live?
I love Northglenn’s small town feel! I love the diversity I see when I take my daughter to preschool or take the kids to the park. We have a beautiful little city and I want to do my part in building on our sense of community.
Who do you look up to politically and why?
There are so many individuals that inspire me it’s hard to narrow the list. I have to say more recently Barak Obama and Bernie Sanders have allowed me to believe that that change American needs can be achieved.
What was your first paid job?
Boston Market in Westminster
What’s your favorite TV show that you tell people you watch, and what’s your favorite TV show that you watch in secret?
My favorite TV show is Game of Thrones! I don’t like to admit how much I like Nightly News. I’m a huge Lester Holt fan (embarrassed emoji)!
What songs do you listen to for getting hyped up?
Lately Taylor Swift’s “Shake if off” seems to be my theme song!
How can Young Dems help in your race?
Help me knock doors, make phone calls, write post cards or donate!
What else should voters know about you?
My husband and I bought our first home in Northglenn 7 years ago and two kids later, we still love living in this beautiful city. I have a genuine interest to serve my community and provide strong leadership for my neighbors on city council.