Debbie Ortega has been a lifelong public servant, serving Denver for more than 30 years. From 1987 to 2003, Debbie represented District 9 on the Denver City Council. Debbie was then selected by Mayor John Hickenlooper to be the first ever Executive Director of Denver’s Homeless Commission, where she took the lead in creating the foundation for Denver’s Road Home program, the City’s ten-year plan for ending homelessness.
Debbie’s expertise in finding solutions for tough problems during tough times is needed now more than ever. In the past, Debbie was instrumental in securing deals and facilitating compromise with business leaders, government officials, and community members to create transportation projects connecting downtown to North Denver. Debbie was also at the center of forming Downtown’s LoDo Historic Neighborhood into the economic success it is today.
Looking forward, Debbie wants to use her tireless work ethic and experience in city government to keep Denver strong. At the top of Debbie’s agenda are issues like diversifying the local tax-base, keeping existing businesses here, and attracting new businesses to Denver. Debbie wants to use her ability and experience working across multiple departments and districts to come up with creative was to increase our current tax-base, utilizing every asset the city has to its fullest potential to keep revenue inside of Denver. It’s important to maintain the vital city services we all depend on and that means getting the most out of what the city has already.
Debbie has experience in the way government works, and she knows firsthand how we can all benefit from a more streamlined and efficient system. Ms. Ortega plans on taking a very close look at all departments, at how the process can be easier for Denver’s citizens and businesses. After being on almost all sides of civic issues, Debbie knows what it will take to cut the waiting periods, shorten the lines, and, simply make government make sense.
Debbie is a graduate of Denver Public Schools (Go West!), as well as an alumnus of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and has attended Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver. Don’t forget to vote for Debbie Ortega on May 5th!