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Our Revolution: metro denver
Our Revolution will reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the “political revolution.” Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.
Democratic Socialists of America: Denver
DSA members come from many political perspectives. But we all believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We work to end oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and more. And we understand how these forms of oppression connect with capitalism.
State Board of Education CD1
Val Flores is a champion of neighborhood public schools. She has nearly 50 years of experience in education and is an expert on the damaging effects of school privatization on our public school system. Val constantly fights against the inequities in our school system that place undue value on testing, attack teacher pay, undercut unions, and create a school to prison pipeline. As a person with a business in the education field I most value endorsements from our educators.
Lisa Calderon is a devoted Denver activist who is always fighting for the rights of struggling people. Lisa is involved with several community-based initiatives to create more opportunities for low-income women, youth of color, and formerly incarcerated persons. She serves on the State Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, is the co-chair of Denver’s Racial and Gender Disparities Committee, and is the Co-Chair of the Colorado Latino Forum-Denver Chapter. She has obtained several awards for inspirational leadership.
T.R. Reid is a reporter, documentary film correspondent, and author. He has also been a frequent guest on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Reid was the face of the ColoradoCare, the universal health care ballot initiative in 2016. Books he has published include; A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care, and The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution.
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Universal health care advocates, supporters of progressive champions, and dear friends.
candidate for denver mayor
Kayvan Khalatbari is an entrepreneur, advocate, and 2019 mayoral candidate in Denver, Colorado. He is co-founder and partner of several successful businesses including a Denver-based pizza chain, a free arts magazine, a cannabis consulting company, and the longest continually operated cannabis company in Denver prior to the sale of its licenses to country music legend Willie Nelson and Terrapin Care Station. He also co-founder and partner in Sexpot Comedy, a burgeoning comedy collective, and is active as a volunteer and advocate in several political and nonprofit ventures aimed at changing the perception of the cannabis industry, advocating for under-served communities, and establishing creative and educational opportunities for children. Kayvan will defend the most vulnerable in Denver and will make decisions that will be fiscally and socially responsible for all of us.
The youngest candidate ever for Denver school board
Tay Anderson is an activist and community leader who had the initiative to run for DPS School Board at the age of 18. Though he did not win the election his campaign spearheaded the push against the school privatization group Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) that spends millions of dollars to buy the result of our local elections and pushes legislation mirrored by right wing groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Tay inspired myself and many other to run for office.
Denver Realtor & 2017 Denver Public School Board Candidate
Xochitl “Sochi” Gaytan is a small business owner and real estate agent in southwest Denver. She’s also mother to two sons, one of whom is a DPS graduate and a second currently attending elementary school. Both Sochi and her husband are products of a DPS education themselves, having both graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in the 1990s. Sochi earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver, serves as President of the Harvey Park Improvement Association, and earned DCTA's endorsement for DPS Board in 2017.
Community Activist & 2019 Denver City Council Candidate
Candi Cdebaca is an activist from Elyria-Swansea, graduate of the University of Denver, the founder of Project VOYCE, and now a candidate for Denver City Council. Candi has been a leader in the community organizing youth participation in community development, battling the I-70 ditch, and opposing the prospect of a Denver Olympics in 2026. Candi's dissatisfaction with local representation inspired her to run for Denver City Council in 2019.
Denver Whittier Neighborhood Activist
Tony Pigford is the Dean of Students at the All In Denver school for boys, a founding member of Denver African American Philanthropists, and on the petition committee for the Denver Democracy for the People Initiative, a public financing of city elections ordinance on the 2018 Denver ballot. Tony works diligently on issues that impact his community such as education, gentrification, and money in politics. The Pigford family has a long history in Denver and activism is in Tony's blood. In the 1988 book Growing Up Black In Denver, the story is told of Pigford's grandmother who was light skinned enough to pass as white. During segregation she would attend local KKK meetings and report back with information for the black community.
Responsible Developement Advocate
Kyle Zeppelin is committed to promoting social change through intelligently designed projects that address unmet needs in the market and provide a catalyst to surrounding neighborhoods. As a Denver native, Zeppelin and his team of collaborative partners have received recognition and multiple awards for TAXI, the repurposed 20-acre former Yellow Cab terminal on the Platte River in RiNo. TAXI's success, including 100% occupancy of over 200,000 square feet, is based on the development of workspaces and complementary amenities that are aligned with the unique needs of new economy businesses.
Bridget Walsh & Louis Plachowski
Denver Realtors & Park Hill Activist
Bridget and Louis are Denver Realtors who own Denver Welcome Home. They have been long time activists involved with City Park Friends and Neighbors, advocating to oppose the Denver Zoo biomass gasification plant, save City Park Golf Course, to stop the I-70 ditch, and to stop the 2020 Olympic bid.
Creator of Denver Cruisers & Denver FUGLY
Brad Evans is the creator of Denver Cruisers, a rabble rouser, organizer, and community activist. Brad created the group Denver FUGLY which gained notoriety in print media for lampooning poor and distasteful construction decisions made by out of touch developers in Denver. Brad is a master of amplifying the voice of those underserved and uses his time to advance their plight.
Colorado Democratic Party Chair 1985-1989 & CU Denver Professor
After earning a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver, Buie Seawell practiced law in Colorado. He served Colorado Governor Richard Lamm as Director of the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation and later as Legislative Liaison. He later worked for Senator Gary Hart as Chief of Staff for his Senate office and as a member of his 1984 presidential campaign and served as the Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party from 1985-1989.
Former President & Long Time Board Member of the Denver INC
Larry Ambrose, an affiliate professor in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department. He is a fierce advocate for responsible development in Denver as the former President of the Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation.