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Be the change: an interview with Jordan Sauers

We spoke with candidate for Northglenn City Council, Ward 1, Jordan Sauers. Jordan is a Daniels Scholar and graduate of the University of Denver. During her time as a student, she served in numerous fellowships including the Colorado offices of the governor and the secretary of state. Jordan has extensive experience working with nonprofit and political groups and sits on various appointed commissions and boards, such as the Denver Commission on Aging, Colorado Collection Board Agency, Colorado Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners, Colorado Common Cause, Latino Young Philanthropists, and ACCESO.

I understood if I wanted things to change, I had to do them myself.

LR: How did you get started in public service?

JS: As a young person, I always wanted to solve the problems of the world. I understood if I wanted things to change, I had to do them myself. After college, I knew that I needed to work hard and give back to my community that had given so much to me. I sought out internships and was fortunate enough to have remarkable ones from the Governor’s Office to the District Court Judge’s Office. I loved every moment and knew that [public service] would become my life-long calling.Jordan group

LR: Why did you decide to get involved in politics?

JS: I wanted to be the change that I wished to see in the world. I wanted to give back to my community, and provide resources and opportunities to all regardless of any barriers one may face. Understanding what it means to overcome barriers, I wanted to make sure the world is a little better. It’s all about lifting people up and extending your arm where people are in need. My family grew up on Northglenn, and I wanted to make sure to invest in the community I grew up in and help them.

LR: Who were your mentors?

JS: You know that phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child,” that was my scenario. I have been immensely blessed by the women in my life who have pushed me to aspire for more. My grandmother, great grandparents, District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello, and the First Latina Majority Leader Crisanta Duran. She’s [Crisanta] been remarkable. I think it’s one of those things where if you can see it, you can believe it. She has been an incredible mentor who’s helped me. She has inspired me to be more than I was yesterday. She believed in me and listened to me, and has never been afraid to bring a mentee along with her.Jordan with Crisanta

LR: Did you have any doubts along the way?

JS: I think it’s one of those things where you ask yourself, “Am I ready? Do I have enough experience? Do I really want to do this?” and then just doing it. I think that it is a really big barrier to overcome to get yourself out there. But it makes it easier when you know that you will create change that you will give back to your community like you said you wanted to do.

Even if you run and lose, not only do you learn, but we all learn. Latinas learn what we can do better the next time around.

When you see these women and you think if they have the courage to do this, then we should be doing it. We want to see the change and we want to see more Latinas in office, so we need to start somewhere. Even if you run and lose, not only do you learn, but we all learn. Latinas learn what we can do better the next time around.

LR: What advice was given to you along the way?

JS: Always stay hungry for life and success. If you’re hungry, you need to remain humble and give back and extend your arm. It’s so easy to peak and be there alone. It takes a real woman and a strong woman to say, “I’ve made it, now it’s your turn. I am going to help you along the way.” It’s not about tearing each other down, we can’t afford that.

LR: What can be done to increase the number of Latinas in public office?

JS: We, as Latinas, overcome so many barriers in life. We know how to fight and how to overcome, but I think we need to start accessing resources. Just being able to navigate these resources is challenging. It’s programs like [LatinasRepresent], Emerge, and VoteRunLead that give you the resources to put into your tool box and you think, one day…I will help you.Jordan doorknocking

We, as Latinas, overcome so many barriers in life. We know how to fight and how to overcome, but I think we need to start accessing resources.

LR: What advice do you have for next generation of Latina leaders?

JS: You know that nothing in life comes easy, and you will face multiple barriers along your path, but it’s important to tear them down for the ones who come after you. One thing that I tell myself everyday is I will not lose because I am at work. I will always work hard, and fight for what is right. That is something you wake up with in the morning, and go to bed at night. Even if you are tired, you just keep going!

 

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