Maritza Carrera, a longtime Democrat from Highlands Ranch, was elected chair of the Douglas County Democrats at a reorganization meeting on Feb. 4 at ThunderRidge High School.
Carrera and her husband Christian founded HR Dems, a grassroots organization that connects Democrats of Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Roxborough, in 2004. Over the past 13 years, more than 1,000 new Democrats have participated in Highlands Ranch Democratic meetings, according to a media release from the Douglas County Democrats.
“In Douglas County, I see the grassroots movement filled with passion and enthusiasm,” Carrera said in the media release. “These next two years we will harness this energy and create a vibrant grassroots movement. “
Carrera became a precinct captain in 2003. She was also nominated as chair of House District 43 — which encompasses parts of Highlands Ranch — and became part of the Douglas County Democrats Executive Committee.
Carrera was elected as the Highlands Ranch District captain from 2004 to 2008. Most recently, she served as the first vice chair of Douglas Country Democrats and remains on the Colorado State Party Executive Committee.
In addition to her work in Douglas County, Carrera has been involved with the Arapahoe County Latina Initiative, a means to increase Latino participation in the political process. She is also working on creating a progressive women’s group.
“One of her overall goals is to connect with neighboring counties and create a strong progressive community,” the media release says.