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.
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2015 Municipal General Election Voter Service & Polling Centers closest to District 7:
Denver Elections Division
200 W 14th Ave Atrium
Denver Police Department District 3
1625 S University Blvd Conference Room
Denver Elections Division Expanded Hours of Operation
Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24
8 am – 5 pm
Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1
8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, May 2
10 am – 2 pm
Monday, May 4
8 am – 6 pm
Election Day, Tuesday, May 5
7 am – 7 pm
While I was knocking on doors recently, a woman asked why my experience and leadership matter. A thoughtful question that deserves an answer.
Only City Council can introduce and pass new laws. At least six of the 13 members of City Council will be new with the May 5 election. Denver can’t afford on the job training. I’m the only candidate in this race with legislative experience and a voting record. I know how to craft legislation and find common ground among diverse interests. As a State Representative and Chair of the Health Committee, I was instrumental in expanding access to health care, improving coordination and delivery of mental health services and passing landmark regulations on oil and gas drilling to protect ground water that have become a model across the nation.
Extensive City Experience
Mayor Wellington Webb asked me to oversee the financing and construction of multi-million dollar projects for the City, including the Webb Office Building and Confluence Park. As outside counsel to the Denver City Attorney, I’ve helped settle a toxic waste Superfund lawsuit and drafted legal documents to secure federal funds for affordable housing.
City Council reviews hundreds of contracts over $500,000. I’m the only practicing attorney in this race with the legal background in business, banking, employment, health care, real estate and other legal issues. Writing and reading contracts is part of what I do for a living.
Read why former Mayor Webb – who knows my work – has endorsed me.
“Anne McGihon has been fighting for her community for more than 20 years. Her experience, leadership, and commitment to Denver are just a few of the reasons I am supporting her for City Council in District 7. She is the right person for this job and I hope you’ll join me in voting for Anne when your ballot arrives in the mail.”
– Former Mayor Wellington Webb
Honored by Colorado Latino Forum
I am proud to be the only candidate in District 7 recognized by the Colorado Latino Forum for receiving the highest number of votes from their members during their endorsement process. I remain committed to being a strong voice for every resident and community in District 7 and I will fight for the integrity of all our neighborhoods.
Please join me for good conversation throughout the district.
Wednesday, April 15th from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Steam Espresso Bar, 1801 S. Pearl St.
Wednesday, April 15th from 6-7:30 p.m.
at the home of Walker Knight and Judson McDonald, with coffee, tea, wine, appetizers, and sweets
1122 S. Grant
Thursday, April 16th, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
at the home of Basil Katsaros and Paula vonLindern, 1001 E. Dakota
Friday, April 17th, from 6-7 p.m.
Baere Brewing Company, 320 Broadway, Unit E
I’d be honored to have your vote.
Just a reminder that residential street sweeping begins tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st! Check signs on your block that tell you which day of the month your street will be swept. Mark your calendars to move your car and avoid a $50 ticket!
Please contribute to my campaign by midnight tonight
Midnight March 31st marks the deadline for contributions listed on the last financial report before ballots are mailed the week of April 13. I need your help to bring this campaign to victory. You can donate on-line at www.annemcgihon.com, or mail a check to Anne McGihon for City Council, 837 Sherman St., Denver, Colorado 80203.
We’ll deliver a yard sign
And we’ll pick it up to recycle when the election is over. Click here to order one now.
If you have an hour or two, click here to join our wonderful group of volunteers!
Thanks so much for paying attention to this important election.
Today Denver celebrates the life of Cesar Chavez. A civil rights activist who worked for workers’ rights, better wages, and immigration reform, his legacy continues as people from across the city and state take a day to recognize and celebrate his work.
In Denver and Colorado, we celebrate his life with a day committed to service. I personally want to thank former City Councilwoman Ramona Martinez who led the way in declaring the last Monday in March as Cesar Chavez Day!
The Fight is Not Over
Today, we face many of the same issues Cesar Chavez fought so hard to eliminate. I am running for Denver City Council so that, together, we can find solutions to the daily issues we face in District 7.
- Affordable Housing for working families, Millennials, and retirees. A diverse population ensures we have a strong neighborhoods and a stable economic base.
- Every neighborhood matters. While some neighborhoods are thriving, others have been left behind. City services, economic development and creative transportation such as the B-cycle, should be equal in all neighborhoods. We can do better in District 7, and I will work with you to make sure we give access and opportunity to all our neighbors.
- I support raising the minimum wage. When you pay workers a living wage, it comes back to the community in so many ways. Working families want to live and work in Denver. We need to make sure they can.
Visit Cesar Chavez Park, located at 4131 Tennyson Street, to see the bronze bust of Chavez by artist Emanuel Martinez.
All city offices will be closed Monday, March 30, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. Parking meters in the city will be free, and city trash services will be delayed one day.
I’m supporting my neighbor Anne McGihon because she’s running a people powered campaign and we are gaining momentum each day. We have walked more than 9,000 doors, listening to people from across the district. The wonderful people Anne meets who make up our community power her boundless energy. But she can’t do it alone.
Any amount will help take Anne to victory. Just $20 buys 10 yard signs, $50 pays for mail to 150 voters.
Volunteers Cultivate our Grassroots
Volunteers fuel Anne McGihon’s campaign. A new volunteer, Ben Boswell thinks Anne “would be great” on City Council because of her extensive policy making experience. Knocking on doors with Anne, he’s observed how “well respected” she is for her service. And, he notes, “Anne is very personable and a very welcoming and warm person.”
As soon as I started volunteering, I felt like a member of the family.
– Ben Boswell.
John Ferguson, a retired Hewett Packard marketing executive, has volunteered countless hours for Anne’s campaign. Calling her “a straight forward, powerful woman,” he first worked with her “in the days of the anti-gay Focus on the Family Ballot Initiative when she was in the Colorado House of Representatives.”
I’ve always known Ann to be a strong supporter of equity and fairness and social justice positions. – John Ferguson
Ballots will be mailed in a couple of weeks. Could you spare an hour or two make calls, deliver yard signs, walk door-to-door or help the campaign in the office? Click here to join our team!
Add your name to Anne’s list of endorsements
Any amount will help take Anne to victory. Just $20 buys 10 yard signs, $50 pays for mail to 150 voters.
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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 email@example.com.
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.