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[INTERVIEW] Becky Hogan’s Story Running for the 1st Korean-American Aurora City Council Member

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   “My goal is to get more people in the city of Aurora to get them on board and get them involved in government. They also will carry their voice of their communities. They are all a part of family here in Aurora. We can accelerate our voices to the leadership.”

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.

He is talking with the governor, Becky Hogan, and the cafe president who visited Ktown on Havana street in August.(Photo Rachel Cho)

“I’ve served the city of Aurora for more than 12 years by chairing the Korean Committee of Aurora Sister City International. When my husband and I went to Korea, we established the relationship with then-mayor Lee of the city of Seongnam. If you don’t pursue the relationship, it is easy to grow apart. That is what I am committed to do, to grow relationship among many communities.”

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.

 “The city of Aurora is 130 years old and I’m the first Asian candidate to run for the Aurora City Council Member. Aurora is my family and as a council member, I will defend and fight for our community because that is what families do.”

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. 

Becky hogan visits our office and explains why you should become a city councilor (Photo Hyunjin Lee)

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.

During an interview with Colorado Times last week, Becky showed her passion 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.”

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.

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

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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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