About Merrily Mazza

Merrily Mazza is running for re-election to her second term on the Lafayette City Council.

20953125_113003206036029_294792577862760697_n.jpgShe has served as president of the Colorado Community Rights Network; a board member of East Boulder County United, a local chapter of Colorado’s statewide network; and a city councilor in Lafayette, Colorado, a community of 27,000  located 20 miles north of Denver in Colorado’s Front Range urban corridor (the north/south populated region of Colorado just east of the Rocky Mountain range and extending from Cheyenne, Wyoming, south to Pueblo, Colorado, near the New Mexico border).



  • BA in liberal arts, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • MBA, DePaul University, Chicago


Career history

  • Retired from a 32-year career in educational publishing; moved to Colorado in 2012

  • Former Vice President of Publishing Operations, the McGraw-Hill Companies

  • Currently completing a 4-year term on the Lafayette city council and running for reelection

  • Community activist


Community Rights in Colorado

Colorado’s Front Range is an oil & gas fracking zone. Like many other communities across the nation, local residents, attempting to protect their health, safety and welfare from toxic industrial activity, have come to the inevitable intersection of democracy and corporate power.   


Local efforts

  • 2013: Worked with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to craft a local charter amendment. Proposed and helped get on the ballot Colorado’s first local community bill of rights. Lafayette’s Community Bill of Rights and Obligations established the right to community self-government, the rights of ecosystems, and the residents’ right to clean air and water.  And it banned all oil and gas development within the city limits as a violation of those rights.  The city charter amendment passed with 62% of the vote.  The city was immediately sued by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), the industry’s trade and lobbying group in Colorado.  State courts sided with COGA.

  • 2013: Ran for Lafayette city council and won

  • 2017: Proposed Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights ordinance which specified a right to a right to a healthy climate and banned fracking as a violation of that right.  The ordinance passed and has so far not been challenged by the state or industry.


Statewide efforts

  • 2014 and 2016: Worked on two state constitutional amendments in 2014 and 2016, both of which would have guaranteed the right to local self-government.  (Colorado’s state constitution can be amended by ballot initiative.)

 Featured in

  • We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United Statesby Anneka Campbell and Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.