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Meet Gilda

I'm running for city council to bring my knowledge and experience to work for Durango. I will be a responsive, interactive city council member who will engage with Durango's diverse communities and interests. As an indigenous woman, I believe having a seat at the table will provide a positive role model for future leaders of Durango.

My unique life experience and professional background will contribute to city leadership discussions and conversations. I grew up in a large indigenous Navajo family and learned traditional family values. I am committed to engaging our youth in the decisions that affect their future. I am dedicated to fostering a welcoming environment that inspires communication and creative problem-solving.

In my career, I have worked with federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity. I've also lived in Washington, D.C., where I worked on women's rights and racial equality issues on Capitol Hill. I've also served as an appointed member of the Durango Historic Preservation Board and the La Plata County Undesirable Plants and Rodents Advisory Commission.

As a city councilor, I will work to:

  • Preserve the historical nature and character of downtown Durango
  • Maintain and improve city infrastructure and services
  • Explore solutions for the unhoused through open dialogue with the county and community organizations
  • Protect Durango and its environment for future generations.

I love waking up and seeing the mountains. The beauty of Durango and our surrounding region is astounding. I love all the opportunities we have here for outdoor recreation: fishing, hiking, and skiing. And I love the people of Durango and all they do to make our community a thriving and exciting place to live.

I look forward to meeting you and earning your vote.

- Gilda

Committee to Elect Gilda Yazzie
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