Debbie Marquez

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Debbie K. Marquez[1] is a member of the Democratic National Committee from Colorado. A restaurant owner in Edwards, Colorado and past co-chair of the Eagle County Democratic Party, Marquez was elected to the DNC in 2004. As a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Marquez has publicly supported Barack Obama.


Born in Denver, Colorado, but raised in Los Angeles, California,[2] from the age of 8,[3] Marquez returned to Colorado in 1977[2] and worked in the hotel industry in Denver and Vail[4] as a reservations manager.[3]

After owning and operating a rafting company in Vail,[5] Marquez entered the restaurant business,[4] opening Fiesta's New Mexican Cantina in Edwards, Colorado in 1989.[3] She currently owns and operates the a Mexican restaurant with her sister[6] — their speciality is chicken enchiladas in a creamy jalapeño sauce.[7] Marquez has served as vice president of the Vail Valley Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association. She has also been a member of the Colorado Mountain College Latino Advisory Committee, and Vail/Eagle Campus Dean Advisory Committee. Marquez has one daughter, Isabella Francesca.[2]

As a Democratic Party supporter, beginning in Vail in the 1980s,[8] Marquez was elected to posts as a precinct committeeperson, treasurer, and three terms as co-chair for the Eagle County Democratic Party.[2] She was an alternate delegate for Al Gore to the 2000 Democratic National Convention and was elected to the Democratic National Committee in 2004.[9] She is a member of the DNC's Hispanic Caucus,[10] and stood for reelection to a second term on the DNC at the May 2008 Colorado Democratic Party state convention[11] as one of seven candidate for Colorado's three DNC seats.[12]

Marquez occasionally blogs at under the username "greenchiledem."[13] In 2007, Marquez publicly called for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush.[14] She is also the treasurer for the 2008 Congressional campaign of Jared Polis in Colorado's 2nd congressional district.[15]

As a member of the Democratic National Committee, she is a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In October 2007,[16] she announced her intention to vote for New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson,[17] but, after he withdrew from the race, she endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.[18] Her endorsement came shortly before Colorado's February caucuses and despite personal lobbying from former president Bill Clinton.[19] In April 2008, with nine primary contests remaining, Marquez publicly urged undeclared superdelegates to publicly state their presidential preferences.[20]

Following the convention in August, Marquez was named to the Colorado Latino Advisory Council for Obama's campaign;[21] during the campaign, she hosted bilingual rallies supporting Obama for Latino voters.[22]


  1. ^ Robinson, Leslie (19 January 2007). "Colorado Superdelegates Size Up Presidential Race". Colorado Confidential. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "News from Deb". Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b c Williams, David O. (23 August 2008). "Super delegate and local entrepreneur Debbie Marquez traces roots of her activism to California". Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b Miller, Scott N. (9 May 2007). "Denver businessman affected lives of locals". Vail Daily. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  5. ^ Williams, David O. (23 August 2008). "Super delegate Debbie Marquez of Edwards off to make history at DNC in Denver". Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Democrats Meet in Phoenix". The Democratic Party - Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  7. ^ Nicholas, Peter (17 February 2008). "Who are these Democratic superdelegates?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-02-17. [dead link]
  8. ^ Glendenning, Laurne (28 May 2008). "Five women who inspire us". Vail Trail Weekly. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  9. ^ Marquez, Debbie (16 February 2008). "Presidents Day Weekend Open Thread-Denver 2008 Democratic Convention Edition". Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  10. ^ Staff Reports (19 January 2007). "Colorado DNC Hispanic Caucus Members Applaud the Selection of Denver to Host the 2008 National Democratic Convention". HispanicTips. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  11. ^ "Superdelegate Profile: Colorado DNC Member Debbie Marquez". 2008 Democratic Convention Watch. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  12. ^ Boyd, Tom (17 May 2008). "Eagle County superdelegate Debbie Marquez awaits results of Colorado Convention vote". Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  13. ^ "greenchiledem". Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  14. ^ Marquez, Debbie (6 July 2007). "Letters: Impeach Bush". Vail Daily. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  15. ^ "Polis seeks Eagle Co.'s Congress seat". Vail Daily. Associated Press. 21 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  16. ^ "Governor Bill Richardson's Momentum Continues to Build Across the United States" (Press release). Bill Richardson for President. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  17. ^ Paulson, Steven K. (30 October 2007). "Some Colorado superdelegates lining up behind candidates". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  18. ^ Montero, David (7 February 2007). "Close Dem race raises status of superdelegates". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  19. ^ Boyd, Tom (28 February 2008). "Vail Valley Superdelegate says 'No' to Bill Clinton, pledges for Obama". Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  20. ^ Williams, David O. (29 April 2008). "Vail-area Superdelegate Urges Others to 'Get Off the Fence'". Colorado Confidential. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  21. ^ "Obama Campaign Announces Colorado Latino Advisory Council" (Press release). 6 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  22. ^ Wong, Melanie (16 September 2008). "Edwards: Latino voters to rally". Vail Daily. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 

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