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Our Revolution Metro Denver carefully evaluates selected candidates running for statewide and local office. Our intent is to guide members and friends to candidates whose platforms align with Our Revolution goals — furthering social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.

Please click on candidate links to volunteer or donate. All rely on grassroots support.

2020 General Election 11/03/20

State Legislature

Both candidates advocate policies in line with the values of Our Revolution — furthering social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. Both rely on grassroots support and do not take corporate PAC contributions.

Steven Woodrow spent his legal career fighting for workers and families, standing up against predatory lenders, unfair credit practices, privacy violators and other powerful interests (including the NRA!). Steven supports Medicare for All and the New Green Deal, among other progressive initiatives. 

Emily Sirota has been a strong progressive voice in the Colorado legislature, working tirelessly to improve the lives of her constituents and all Coloradans. She has sponsored bills to address campaign finance reform, healthcare for all, environmental protection, and other key issues. 

DA First Judicial District: Alexis King

Alexis King is committed to a progressive platform for Criminal Justice reform. This includes justice, transparency and alternatives to cash bail and incarceration. She has over 10 years of experience in the Jefferson County DA’s office and understands the district in which she is running.

State Board of Education: Lisa Escárcega

Lisa Escárcega will fight for our educators, ensure that every student gets the education they deserve, and put our communities’ needs first. Lisa is a strong supporter of public schools and recognizes the class and racial biases of standardized tests.

CU Regent (CD6): Ilana Spiegel

Ilana Spiegel is a strong champion for public schools. Her platform emphasizes affordabilty and accessibility for all students. Ilana will work to make the curriculum, faculty, and student body at the University of Colorado reflective of the diversity we share in Colorado and across the country.

Previous Election Cycles

Aurora Municipal Elections 2019

Vote by November 5, 2019

ORMD is pleased to endorse

For Mayor: Omar Montgomery

For City Council – At Large: Martha Lugo

ORMD has not endorsed in other Aurora races due to limited resources.

Omar has spent the last 10 years in Aurora using his extensive education, non-profit, and public policy background to directly improve communities’ lives. He is running for mayor to bring a people-first focus, and evidence-based policy expertise back to city hall.

A longtime resident of Aurora, Martha has played an active role in the community, including serving on both the Immigrant and Refugee Commission and the Human Relations (civil rights) Commission. Martha is a running because she has the courage it takes to speak for the needs of others.She is passionate about the well-being of the greater good and is an advocate for equity.

Both candidates are strong progressives aligned with Our Revolution values and policy objectives. If you live in Aurora, please vote for these candidates by November 5th.

Lakewood City Council Elections 2019

Vote by November 5, 2019

Vote by November 5, 2019

ORMD is pleased to announce endorsements for Lakewood City Council candidates. These are as follows;

Ward 1 – Kyra deGruy

Ward 3 – Henry Hollender

Ward 4 – Christopher Arlen

Ward 5 – Dana Gutwein

These candidates are running “for the people” campaigns consistent with the values of Our Revolution.  They all have a commitment to affordable housing, responsible development, and environmental sustainability.

Denver School Board Races 2019

Vote by November 5, 2019

Our Revolution Metro Denver (ORMD) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Tay Anderson for At-Large, Radhika Nath for District 1 and Julie Bañuelos for District 5.
All three candidates embrace the values of Our Revolution.

Tay is a strong advocate for student safety, learning, and community. As a recent graduate of Manual High School, he knows what needs to be changed. Tay is an educator, community activist and former aide at the Colorado state capitol.

Radhika’s platform calls for equity for our kids, empowering our teachers and making DPS policies and finances more transparent. Radhika has sound plans for addressing the needs of Denver students and Denver educators.

Julie is a former Denver Public Schools teacher who disagrees with the direction of the district, opposes school closures, and supports a moratorium on new charter schools. Julie will be a forceful ally for the district’s educators and students.  
In addition to a local endorsement for Radhika, Our Revolution National has also endorsed her. From Our Revolution National:

“Radhika is a public administration PhD who has spent much of her career looking for novel and progressive approaches to the most pressing policy issues. She is also an advocate for the rights of children with disabilities. And, as the mother of two Denver Public Schools students, she has become intimately aware of the strengths of the school system and the shortcomings that we still need to address.

We’re endorsing Radhika because she’s the candidate with the strongest vision for more progressive and equitable schools. She knows that students learn better when class sizes are smaller and classrooms feel safer; that means capping enrollments and focusing on mental health services, not just policing and metal detectors. She understands that our teachers are our most precious resource; that means paying salaries that reflect who teachers really are — trained professionals with the critical task of fostering our children’s development.

Finally, Radhika gets that many Denver public schools are in crisis — but she also knows that the solution isn’t the unchecked spread of charters at the expense of saving our public schools. That’s why, as a school board representative, she’ll work with local communities to fix our schools and make sure children can get a good education without having to travel across the city.”

Denver City Council Races 2019        

The ORMD Council voted to endorse these Denver City Council candidates following a lengthy evaluation, including research and interviews. These candidates shares Our Revolutions’ progressive values and policy principles. Please note these endorsements are for the races ORMD prioritized for candidate evaluations. Absence of an endorsement for other city races does not indicate lack of a qualified progressive candidates. Denver residents will receive ballots by mail week of April 15th, 2019. Please look out for your ballot, and vote!
The following provides a summary of qualifications for each of our endorsed candidates.

District 8 Miguel Ceballos-Ruiz
Miguel was born in Montbello. Miguel co-founded a grassroots effort to activate the electorate for the 2016 election. He was elected to the executive board of the Colorado Democratic Party as a result. However, he saw an increasing pattern of selling parts of Denver to the highest bidder and left to run for city council.

Miguel believes in building communities and improving neighborhoods. He wants to seek improvement in Mayfair, build affordable housing, create a Montbello hub for the community. He wants to discard redlining for loans and seeks to establish at least 25% of units built for low-income housing in new development.

To help others he believes in giving foreclosures to non-profits or for low-income housing. Specific to District 8, he believes a roadblock to public transit is getting people to the bus stops on Colfax. He would like to build out the closed park and ride in Montbello to enable better commutes in that neighborhood. Miguel would push for the city of Denver to own its own mode of public transportation.

Miguel has stood against Amazon, I-70 expansion, and the Olympics being held in Colorado. He is in favor of unions, social and environmental justice, and access to quality healthcare.

Website: http://miguelfordenver.com/

District 9 Candi CdeBaca
Candi is a local community activist and organizer. She is a native of Denver’s Swansea neighborhood, one of the neighborhoods negatively impacted by the I-70 expansion and other forms of redlining. She was one of the original signatories for the Denver ballot initiative 2E, Democracy for the People, getting money out of politics;  and she is the co-founder and executive director of Project V.O.Y.C.E., a non-profit organization focused on empowering youth in their educational experience.  Candi earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver and thereafter spent several years in Washington DC, honing her policy expertise with various organizations, including the District of Columbia Public Schools and Excelencia in Education.  Upon returning to Colorado, Candi took up the fights against the I-70 highway expansion and to push back against growing gentrification in Denver’s under-served neighborhoods. Empowering local community is one of Candi’s foremost ambitions. Advocating for a public bank for Denver citizens, securing community land trusts to prevent displacement of marginalized residents, and utilizing Registered Neighborhood Organizations to amplify local voices, are just a few of the ways she plans on strengthening her community when she joins City Council. Candi has stated: “I choose to address the root cause of our problems… If elected, I will do as I’ve always done – organize and mobilize community to be an integral part of the process and ensure we have decision-making power in what happens in our neighborhoods. I will continue the work I’ve already started in establishing community-led land trusts. I will prioritize ….securing affordable housing for the residents of District 9 and Denver at large.”

Website: www.candiforcouncil.org

District 10 Chris Hinds
Chris has a degree in computer science and MBA in finance and strategy. He served on Blueprint Denver, a group designed to set land use and transportation priorities for Denver until 2040, which gives him a strong foundation for some of the City Council’s core responsibilities. He is a strong proponent of measures to ensure that all people can access opportunities through walking, biking and transit. He doesn’t think our current Council has done enough. Chris, himself being someone with a mobility disability due to an accident, is a strong advocate for persons with a disability. He worked to form a coalition to get a bill through state legislature and his hard work resulted in unanimous, bipartisan support for the bill. Legislators changed the title of the bill to the “Chris Hinds Act.” The bill increases access to transportation for all Coloradans including persons with a disability. Chris was a firm supporter of Denver ballot initiative 2E, Democracy for the People, getting money out of politics, and is proud of the fact that he has refused to take any money in his campaign from oil and gas or developers. Chris states: “I will put the needs of neighborhoods over the desires of developers. Housing should be built to last, and we need to make sure that we’re building in a way that makes sense for our neighborhoods. It’s better that we get a master plan and the right developers to partner with that plan than to just build willy-nilly.”

Website: www.chrisfordenver.com

District 6 Paul Kashmann
Paul has rejected special interest money and was a strong supporter of the successful Denver ballot initiative 2E, Democracy for the People, focused on getting money out of politics. He as well has been a champion on Historic Designations in Denver.  As an incumbent, Paul’s experience as a local journalist provided skills necessary to serve his constituents in District 6. In his first term, he lead the City Council in passing a resolution to establish an opportunity for the public to offer general comments before the full Council at their Monday night meetings. Paul has been aggressive in insisting that appropriate and affordable housing be a part of a large-scale rezoning throughout Denver. He cast the only “no” vote when 100 acres of Downtown, known as Arapahoe square, was rezoned for commercial use without a affordable housing component. Paul spoke forcefully in opposition to the expansion of 1-70 through the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods, areas largely populated by people of color. Our interview took place on a cold and stormy day and Paul stated that something that keeps him up at night, is wondering how the homeless were faring in that weather.
Website: www.kashmannforcouncil6.com

At-Large Debbie Ortega
As an incumbent, Debbie is running on a platform to:improve transportation and mobility;advance sustainable practices citywide;preserve socio-economic diversity through housing strategies;champion sound fiscal policies; andto protect our neighborhoods.Debbie states that new development must serve more than just the needs of the people that move in, that it must improve that community as a whole. She is a strong supporter of Historic Designations and has served as the Director of Denver’s Homeless Commission that created Denver’s Homeless Plan. She also has served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of Del Norte Community Development Corporation, developing affordable housing for over 30 years.  Debbie helped re-write the City’s Industrial Zoning Code to address environmental impacts to adjacent neighborhoods and has lead an effort to create recommendations on buffering development adjacent to rail lines carry hazardous cargo. Debbie states: “The changes we’ve experienced together have built one of the finest cities in the country. However, these same changes have not benefited those who are most vulnerable among us and public policy matters! It’s incredibly important to always focus on our neighborhoods and to protect the things we all truly love about Denver. I support funding for new programs and services to Denver’s homeless including a Tiny Home Village.”

Website: www.ortegaatlarge.com

At-Large Tony Pigford
Tony’s  roots in Denver date to the late 1800s, when his family on both sides came to Denver to escape racism in the South. His great-grandfather started the Colored American Loan and Realty Company in Denver. Prior to his current job as Founding Dean of the Boys School of Denver, the first public all boys school in Denver, he was the “Student Voice and Leadership Coordinator” for Denver Public Schools. HIs wife currently is a teacher in Denver Public Schools. Tony says he is driven to run for Denver City Council by growing discontent over the city’s rapid development. His platform includes many of the issues that have defined the opposition to Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration, including skepticism of the city’s development boom and accompanying infrastructure projects. He is a proponent of tracking and preserving our existing housing stock and especially ensuring that we stop the tearing down of our existing low-income units, with that land then being sold to developers who are building units at market rate. He is committed to addressing and implementing bold technological and policy solutions to address the climate crisis, including solar panels for new construction and reducing use of cars in Denver by making transportation more accessible. Tony is especially committed to making sure the city of Denver puts into place, policies that will protect our most vulnerable people. Tony states: “The rapid growth that we’ve seen has benefited a few folks. It’s benefited corporations, developers, people who are affluent. But as this growth has occurred, it’s widened the equity gap.”  

Website: www.pigfordfordenver.com

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