THORNTON, CO – Eric Montoya, a Thornton City Council member and community advocate, has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Thornton. When elected, Montoya will become the first openly gay man to hold the seat.
Montoya is a single parent. Montoya also takes care of his father and has three generations of Latinx in his home. His number one priority is to ensure community voice is represented in local government, particularly with the ongoing changes in the city due to the large population growth.
“Our campaign is about creating the bold leadership we need in our city and empowering the voice of our community. I’ve always taken on the political class, that’s my track-record. I’m excited about the broad coalition our campaign is building to bring progressive leadership to Thornton in the era of Donald Trump.”
Montoya attended Horizon High School in Thornton and Front Range Community College in Westminster. He’s Memorial Consultant for Landmark Monuments, a small family business. He chose that career for his passion to help people when they are grieving over their loved ones, as he did over his mother who passed when he was 15 years old.
Montoya stated, “Public service is about listening, serving people, and ensuring their voice is heard. My life experiences and skill sets make me the most qualified person for the job.”
Paula Dickerson, a kindergarten teacher and community advocate who was exploring the seat has thrown her support behind Montoya. “Eric Montoya will bring the bold and progressive leadership we need in Thornton. He has a proven track-record of fighting for our families. I’m proud to support his run for Mayor of Thornton,” said Dickerson.
Thornton is the sixth-most populated city in Colorado and elects a mayor every four years. Voters will cast their ballots for the Municipal Election later this year on Tuesday, November 5th.