Thank you for your interest in my campaign for Denver City Council District 7. The Internet is a great starting pointing for exploring candidates but it’s no substitute for connecting in person. So if you want to know more or share with me your hopes and concerns for District 7 and the city, please don’t hesitate to contact me or join me at events that will be listed here and on my Facebook page.
Why I’m running
I love Denver and believe that my leadership, community engagement and public policy experience – including six years in the Colorado House of Representatives — will give a strong voice to the diverse neighborhoods that make up District 7.
Are red light and photo-radar cameras a cash cow or an effective traffic management tool?
Public safety officials say photo radar cameras cut traffic accidents and improve safety near schools, construction zones and neighborhoods where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
I’m puzzled why three of four intersections with photo red light equipment in the City are in or near the new City Council District 7: 6th & Kalamath, 6th & Lincoln and 8th & Speer. The forth is at 36th & Quebec
Critics suggest an independent study should assess the benefits of this program that generates millions of revenues for the city of Denver.
Do you agree? What questions would you want answered?
Let me know what you think. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or start a conversation. I’m listening.
Housing and Neighborhoods
The diversity of our workforce and homes has given rise to the richness of our neighborhoods. But a lack of affordable housing threatens the character of these neighborhoods by pushing out the very people who make up the backbone of our city: nurses and teachers, grocery clerks, fireman and police officers, tradesman, tech professionals, small business owners, barbers and more. Skyrocketing rents and home prices are out of reach of too many new graduates, growing families, aging baby boomers and our retirees.
Denver’s affordable housing plan offers a good start, even though it tilts toward expanding the inventory of rental. More rentals will help dampen their cost. But that’s not enough.
We need to fill the gap between what most can afford and the price of homes or condos. That is going to take city, state and federal policy makers partnering with the private sector –non-profit and for-profit developers, financial institutions and others. A mix of possible strategies – public and private – come to mind: micro and transit-oriented housing, incentives to keep renovations and scrape-offs affordable, a dedicated revenue stream for housing programs, land trusts, deed-restricted units, improved permitting, and infrastructure development.
It also takes full citizen engagement from the earliest stages of any redevelopment proposal to ensure that change and growth happen in a neighborly and neighbor-friendly fashion.
As a candidate for Denver City Council, it is tempting to tell you I have all the answers. I don’t. But I am committed to listening to all stakeholders to find practical solutions to expanding affordable housing options that match our City’s growth and keep the character of our neighborhoods.
Yard Signs are Here to Plant
Click here so we can deliver a yard sign. We’ll pick it up to recycle when the election is over.
Join my growing team of volunteers by clicking here. An hour or two making phone calls, delivering yard signs, working in my office or walking-door-t0 door in the coming weeks will keep this campaign moving!
Speaking of moving, I broke my wrist last weekend “walking” on some black ice. I was back at it the next day, and I enjoyed talking with Platt resident Dave Clark, owner of Arbor Garden and his daughter. This is a great time to volunteer with the campaign, and with my wrist in a cast, I can use a hand!
Please join my growing list of supporters by clicking here.
This campaign is running full speed ahead. I’ve been amazed at the amount of support from friends, family and residents of District 7 so far. It’s truly humbling and I am forever thankful.
I wanted to take a brief moment to let you know about a couple friends who endorsed my campaign and what their support means to me.
Two of the first people to endorse my campaign were former Governor of Colorado, Richard Lamm, and former First Lady of Colorado, Dottie Lamm. Having the Lamm’s help build the foundation of this campaign is priceless. I can’t thank them enough.
I’m the only candidate in this race that’s been elected and the only person with experienced leadership. I’m thrilled to have other great leaders endorsing me. The Lamm’s join former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, current school board member Mike Johnson, as well as, current and former members of the state legislature.
It’s great knowing that people like Richard and Dottie have my back in this campaign. You can add your name to our growing list of endorsements here. I would love to have your support.
Brew Tour – Hot brew, cold brew – I want to meet you!
Help me kick-off my coffee house and brew pub tour at a “meet-and-greet” from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15. Join me for cocktails and coffee at the home of Candice Kingston in the northern part of the district, near Speer and Sherman. RSVP to email@example.com for the address.
Share your concerns and opinions about Denver, District 7, and your neighborhood at one of the following stops on my tour to hear from the residents across our district:
- 7:00 – 8:30 a.m., Monday, March 16, Wash Perk Coffee, 853 Ohio St.
- 7:00 – 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, The Bardo Coffee House, 238 S. Broadway
- 8:00 – 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, Breckenridge Brew Pub, 471 Kalamath St.
Short Term Rentals and Airbnb…What do You Think?
What should Denver do about people who rent out rooms in their homes against current zoning laws? Are online platforms for vacation rentals such asAirbnb and HomeAway examples of the new “sharing economy” that help homeowners make ends meet? Make good use of under-utilized space? Or are short-term rentals an end run on the City’s 10.75% lodgers tax? Last year’s City budget
included an estimated $20.8 million from guests who pay this tax for staying at traditional hotels and motels. I’m concerned at how these businesses impact our neighborhoods and what we can do as a community to ensure we have guidelines in place that neighbors and city officials agree are fair and reasonable.
Denver City Council is grappling with these issues and as a candidate for the new City Council District 7, I’m interested in what you think.
Please take a minute to complete this brief survey. I’ll be happy to share results with the City Council task force exploring this issue.
Wellington E. Webb Endorsement
My candidacy for City Council District 7 has earned a thumbs-up from former Mayor Wellington E. Webb. His long list of accomplishments as Denver’s first African American mayor includes adding more than 2,350 acres of parkland to Denver. He brought together public and private partners to launch the ongoing transformation of a ten-and-a-half-mile stretch along the South Platte River from an eyesore to scenic parks, trails and recreation areas.
As a member of Denver City Council, I will work hard to build on this legacy. Construction of Levitt Pavilion will be another enhancement to Ruby Hill Park. Completing the Johnson Habitat bordering the Athmar Park Neighborhood and investments in the South Platte corridor are other examples of vision and collaboration among public and private stakeholders that I will champion.
A unique history shapes each neighborhood in the new City Council District 7. Some neighbors take pride in their Victorian homes such as those in Baker, a historic district on the National Register of Historic places. Many homes in Valverde – “Green Valley” in Spanish – were swept away by floodwaters of the Platte in a devastating 1965 storm.
The Klu Klux clan burned a cross in Ruby Hill Park nearly a century ago – a far cry from the transformation the neighborhood is undergoing. Today. Athmar Park boasts “some of the best food in town” and four parks, including Huston Lake.
Overland Park neighbors banded together to pressure clean up of the radioactive contamination left by the Shattuck Chemical Company.
Platt Park awaits the transit-oriented redevelopment of the former Gates Rubber Company, whose employees populated West Washington Park and other nearby neighborhoods.
When I walk door-to-door, I’m struck by the pride people take in their communities. As a former board member of my own neighborhood association, I understand City Council’s role in giving neighborhoods a voice in City government – from fighting for traffic lights to bringing neighborhood organizations to the table in rezoning proposals for new development.
As the only candidate in this race with elected leadership experience, I will keep asking, keep listening and keep fighting for what matters.
Volunteer of the Week
Volunteers are the heart of any successful grassroots campaign. That’s why I want to thank steadfast volunteers like Paul Jones. Over the last weekend he weathered single digit temperatures walking door-to-door with me.
I need your help too
Can we deliver a yard sign to your home or business? We’ll pick it up to recycle when the election is over. Click here to order one now.
The cold snap is almost over, but the work has just begun. Walk door-to-door with me, phone bank, deliver yard signs or help me in the office. Click here to join my growing list of endorsements and join our team!
Every dollar matters! $20.00 allows us to buy 10 yard signs, $50 allows us to send mail to 150 voters. In a local campaign like this, your support really makes a difference. I deeply appreciate any donation to my campaign.
Since announcing my campaign for City Council in January, I have been walking door-to-door and listening to the issues neighbors are concerned about. I also sent out a brief survey asking people what they want from their city council representative and what issues they felt were important to the community in both the short and long term.
The response has been remarkable
The landscape is literally changing as houses are scraped and new homes are built, and on every block I hear residents share their concerns about balancing growth and maintaining the economic diversity that distinguishes City Council District 7. Young families and longtime residents are committed to keeping our neighborhoods strong and safe places to raise a family.
As a candidate for Denver City Council, I don’t have all the answers. My experience as a state legislator taught me how much I can learn by listening to the people I represent. What does the city need to do to keep up with the challenges and opportunities of growth? Neighbors must have access to the process and be integrated into the decision making process when any zoning change is being proposed. As your City Councilwoman, I’ll work to ensure neighborhoods concerns are heard and zoning regulations are followed.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story, ideas or concerns on this or any issue.
As the only candidate in this race with elected leadership experience, I will keep asking, keep listening and keep fighting for what matters. I’ll be a strong voice for our neighborhoods and businesses – large and small — that make Denver so special.
Yard Signs are coming!
Yard signs will be here in a few weeks and I’d be honored if you will put one in your yard. We will deliver it and pick it up to recycle when the election is over. Click here to order one now.
Volunteers make a campaign!
I believe volunteers are the core of any good campaign. I need your help in the coming weeks to walk door-to-door, phone bank, deliver yard signs or help me in the office. Click here to join our team!
Every dollar matters! $20.00 allows us to buy 10 yard signs, $50 allows us to send mail to 150 voters. I am honored to have your support and I deeply appreciate any donation to my campaign.