AURORA | Naquetta Ricks announced Tuesday she is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for Colorado House District 42 in the 2016 general election.
Ricks, the owner of consulting firm and a north Aurora resident for more than 17 years, announced her decision to enter the race Dec. 8. She joins APS Board Director Eric Nelson and Dominique “Nikki” Jackson as Democratic candidates seeking the seat due to be vacated by Rep. Rhonda Fields, who is running for state Senate.
No Republican candidate has filed for the HD 42 race as of this writing.
Ricks,an Aurora Central High School graduate, unsuccessfully ran for CU Board of Regents 6th CD seat in November 2014. Her family emigrated from Liberia when she was young and have lived in Aurora since then. She also has served on the board of directors for the Aurora Public School Education Foundation as first vice chair.
“In State House District 42, we have a unique opportunity to continue the strong legacy of truth, justice, and leadership that the honorable State Representative Rhonda Fields has embodied,” Ricks said in announcing her campaign. “Over the years, I have been a champion for education and economic development in Aurora.”
Ricks also touted her work with the immigrant community in and around Aurora, and said she understands the economic and educational issues facing the district and the state.
“While Colorado is getting back on its feet after the Great Recession, there are still too many Coloradans whom are unemployed, underemployed or lack access to a good education,” Ricks said. “That is why I have decided to run for the state house to represent District 42 – because too many hard- working families are being left behind.”