When they first moved here, Benitez had the opportunity to work for the Town of Mountain Village in the administration department, which allowed her to learn about the internal town operations. In hopes that this understanding, coupled with years of experience in the private sector, will allow her to serve our community thoughtfully and responsibly.
From her previous role at the town, she created her own marketing company helping business and community members alike. As her love for the community grew, she decided to run for a seat on town council five years ago, and in July of 2017, she was appointed the first female Mayor of Mountain Village by her fellow council members.
In her time on council, Benitez has worked to help get the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) on its feet and served two terms as board chair. Benitez also serves on the town’s Business Development Advisory Committee, Community Grant Committee, and the Transportation & Parking Committee. Additionally, she was appointed to the Telluride Hospital District Board in 2019.
With this achievement, Benitez adds, “I love Mountain Village, but I see us really as part of the entire region, and we’re stronger when we’re all working together.”
"What drew us here was the gorgeous landscape, easy access to trails, outdoor recreation, and most importantly, the tremendous sense of community." - Laila Benitez