Dems pick Rhonda Fields for House District 42 race

8/12/2010 – The Aurora Sentinel – Aurora resident Rhonda Fields was appointed as the Democratic contender in the race for House District 42 on Aug. 7.

Fields replaced incumbent Rep. Karen Middleton, D-Aurora, who announced in July that she would drop out of the race to head up a national political organization.

Fields is the founder of the Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund, a nonprofit started in memory of her son Javad Marshall-Fields, and his fiancé, Vivian Wolfe. They were murdered in June 2005, just before Marshall-Fields planned to testify as a witness in the murder of his best friend.

Fields has raised her two children in the Aurora Public School system and has worked for United Airlines for 24 years. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

She says she is honored to have been nominated for the position by her fellow Democrats, and would strive to “make sure Aurora families have the strongest voice in their state government.”

Education, jobs and the economy are the three issues that she will be focusing her campaign on, she said.

“I want to make sure we protect the middle class and protect jobs and working families,” she said. “And, that we increase public education and invest in public education.”

She is in the process of creating a campaign website that is expected to launch this week.

Beginning in September, Middleton will be commuting to San Francisco to begin her new job as president of Emerge America, an organization that trains Democratic women who plan to run for public office. She will move to California shortly after her term ends in November. She says she plans to return all of her remaining campaign funds back to the donors. Under campaign finance laws, she is not allowed to transfer the funds to another candidate.

Fields was Middleton’s first choice for a Democratic candidate replacement in the House District 42 race.

“I supported Rhonda very strongly for this position because I think she brings a lot of energy and a good understanding of how the public policy process works,” she said. “And, she is a very strong community leader.”

Fields will square off against Republican candidate and Aurora resident Sally Mounier in the November general election. Mounier is a former employee of RE/MAX Southeast, a real estate office in southeast Denver. She worked for 16 years hiring, training, supervising and promoting administrative employees.

“I welcome Ms. Fields to the race and look forward to meeting her on the campaign trail,” Mounier said. “I’m sure we are going to have robust discussions on the issues and how to solve the problems facing House District 42.”