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. My work on Local Hire policies on the I-70 Project as well as with National Western and Bond Projects is critical for those struggling to survive in our community who are unemployed and under-employed. This is one area where publicly funded projects help build our workforce desperately needed in skilled trades, provide a livable wage to low wage earners and assist the builders to complete their projects.
Advance Sustainability – I will continue to work with the city and industry groups to foster a sustainable environment for future generations. I supported the need for a comprehensive plan on Food Policy to address coordination with the multitude of efforts underway – including the Green Roof Initiative. I will continue working to protect our city center from train cars staging in populous areas, that carry flammable liquids.
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 for over 30 years. I understand the vital need for more affordable housing and the challenges that non-profit developers face to target lower income populations. I will continue to fight for maintaining the socio-economic diversity of our city.
Sound Fiscal Policies and Practices that strengthen our economy – obtaining a permit or license can be very time consuming and frustrating and it is our job in city government to help cut through the red tape to assist our small businesses in being successful. Increasing the tax on marijuana to help fund affordable housing was critical to create a dedicated revenue stream that compliments the $15 Million approved by City Council to address the immediate needs of struggling individuals and families whose income has not kept pace with the rising cost of living in Denver.