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Don’t Forget To Vote! Meet Becky Hogan Running For an At-Large Seat on Aurora’s City Council

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“I am an adopted immigrant from Korea.”

Being adopted gives me a greater sense of the meaning of family. Aurora is my family and as a council member, I will defend and fight for our community because that is what families do.”

There is a confident Korean-American woman who was adopted to the United States when she was five months old and has now announced last month to run for becoming a city council member for Aurora. She has lived in various areas of the city of Aurora for the past 19 years and has been vigorously working for the development and well-being of Aurora by interacting with not only the Korean community but also other various races.

Becky Hogan is running for election for an at-large seat of the Aurora City Council in Colorado and is on the ballot in the general election on November 2nd, 2021. If Becky gets elected to Aurora City Council in upcoming November, she becomes the very first Asian Aurora City Council member as well as the first Korean-American Council member.

We still remember our first encountering with Becky in April at the Colorado Times’ office for an interview. She brightly walked in saying “Annyeong-ha-se-yo” in Korean language with a smile. Not only at this interview, but we could feel her presence and passion for the community in many other events held in the city of Aurora including the governor Jared Polis’ visit to the Coffee Story located on Havana Street for business round table and the 1st KoreaTown Aurora Golf Tournament at the Murphy Creek Golf Course. 

Also the widow of former Mayor Steve Hogan, Becky has long been involved in Aurora civic issues. She is also a small business owner, an economic development practitioner, planning and zoning commissioner, and a fiscal conservative. Moreover, she is currently serving as the Chair of Korean Committee of Aurora Sister Cities International. She has been actively working with many Aurora businesses and nonprofit organizations, from diverse cultural events in Aurora as well as vaccination clinics.

More importantly, as the chairman of the Korean Committee, she is passionately participating in various projects and campaigns for the Korean community and most recently, she has been deeply involved in Korean community’s focus group ‘Aurora Koreatown Branding’ effort. “With the successful promotion and launching of Koreatown in the city of Aurora, I hope other immigrant communities can follow this path by creating and promoting their ethnic towns and regions in Aurora,” she said.

Moreover, she plays a pivotal role in the Aurora Sister Cities International’s Youth Exchange Program, which helps teenagers visit various cities around the world including Seongnam City in South Korea. Becky is always passionate about reaching out to communities and paying attention to what residents need and want for Aurora.

“I’m the oldest candidate in this election, but I think education and support for our next generation is very crucial to see a better future. I am actively participating in raising scholarships so that teenagers can gain better opportunities to broaden their horizons,” says Becky.

According to the endorsement of former Mayor Bob LeGare, who succeeded Steve Hogan after his death in 2018, said “Becky Hogan has selflessly served our community for years. She is thoughtful with her decision making and will be a strong voice for Aurorans.”

Currently, five candidates are running for two at-large seats on the city council, which represent the entire city. Two at-large positions will be open in upcoming November, and among these five candidates, the two candidates with the most votes will win the seats in November. Other at-large candidates so far include a former Congressional aide to Mike Coffman Dustin Zvonek, activist Candice Bailey Democrat John Ronquillo, Democrat John Ronquillo, and small business owner and veteran Danielle Jurinsky.

Becky is talking to the voters at the Hmart for the campaign (Photo Hyunjin Lee)

She cited ‘land development,’ her specialty, as one of the many things she would like to focus on if elected to Aurora City Council in November. She has been working keenly with businesses and developers in the metropolitan area for a long time. She will focus her efforts on improving the use of land in Aurora and maximizing residents’ convenience. “As an economic development professional, I would like to focus on land development in the city of Aurora. We always want to make sure the development occurs in the city because it brings benefits to the city,” she said.

Aurora voters will elect City Council Members from Wards 1 through 3 and two At-Large in the upcoming election. For more information about the upcoming city of Aurora elections, you can visit https://www.auroragov.org/city_hall/elections. If you would like to find more about Becky Hogan and support her effort to become Aurora City Council member, you can visit https://www.hoganforoneaurora.com/ or visit her Facebook page @BeckyHoganforOneAurora and Twitter account @HoganOneAurora.

How To Register and Not Waste Your Voting Right

You can also find ways to support and sponsor her campaign, but the most effective way to support her passion would be to vote.

How To Register and Not Waste Your Voting Right
You can also find ways to support and sponsor her campaign, but the most effective way to support her passion would be to vote.
• First of all, make sure to visit https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter and register to vote online but you can also register in-person at the nearest voter service and polling centers.
1) For Douglas County residents, visit https://www.douglas.co.us/elections/voter-service-and-polling-centers.
2) For Arapahoe County residents, visit https://www.arapahoevotes.com/voter-service-polling-centers.
3) For Adams County residents, visit https://www.adamsvotes.com/vspcs.

• Voting locations are open from October 25th to November 2nd at the nearest voter service and polling centers around you.

• You can visit any location around you to drop-off a voted mail-in ballot, register to vote in-person, update voter registration, request a replacement ballot if your ballot was damaged or missing, request to vote in-person and vote on an accessible electronic ballot marking device.

• Language interpretation service is available if you visit voter service and polling centers.

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Rachel Y cho
Rachel Y cho
• BA Journalism&Mass Communication, Korea University • BA International Studies, Korea University • MA International Security, University of Denver

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