It has been an honor to work for you - the people of Denver - as your At-Large City Councilwoman! I can't believe it has already been four years since I was elected in 2011 and is time again to sincerely ask for your vote to return me to Denver City Council in the May 5, 2015 election.
I've been a community activist and elected official for more than 30 years. I have seen a lot of change and growth in our wonderful city. What an exciting time it is to be living in Denver, Colorado. The changes we've experienced together have built one of the finest cities in the country. However these same changes have taught me that it’s incredibly important to always focus on our neighborhoods and to protect the things we all truly love about Denver. Thirty years of experience have taught me to listen, bring people together, fight on your behalf and get the job done.
I am proud of my track record and the broad range of issues I have addressed.
I worked to improve pedestrian and bike safety in the city. Legislation was adopted to reduce speeds in school zones so our kids can safely walk to school. I’m honored to say that I’ve been recognized for my role in establishing the LoDo Historic District and supporting its development. I also fought to improve the situation of Denver’s homeless.
As we continue to experience growth here in the Mile High City, I think it’s important to fight on your behalf for safe development. I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the I-70 expansion project doesn’t harm the health and safety of our neighborhoods.
Our parks and open space system is unique. The parks are incredible jewels for our neighborhoods and City. I commit to you that I will continue to protect and expand our parks. I've had the honor to help designate nearly 600 acres as park land after a 2012 land swap revealed that much of our park land throughout the city had never been formally protected.
My balanced vision for Denver’s future is simple and direct. I will continue working to:
Strengthen Our Economy – I will work to identify opportunities for Denver to spur private investment and job creation.
Advance Sustainability – I will continue to work with the city and industry groups to foster a sustainable environment for future generations and I will continue working to protect our city center from train cars carrying flammable liquids from staging in populous areas.
Address Denver’s Affordable Housing Crisis – I bring to the table extensive experience working with Denver’s low-income, working families and homeless populations. I have served on the Board of Directors and as chairman of Del Norte Community Development Corporation developing affordable housing. I understand the vital need for more affordable housing and the challenges. I pledge to make it a priority and reality for our city.
I’m Debbie Ortega and I would be honored to have your vote for City Council At-Large.
Deborah "Debbie" Ortega
City Councilwoman, At-Large