Englewood has been my home for about a decade, I love this city and I believe we need to foster smarter design and better planning so that we can grow responsibly and in a way that respects the character of our existing communities as more people realize that Englewood is the place they want to call home.
I became homeless when I was 15 years old. I dropped out of high school and spent five years living on the streets. I’ve worked as a janitor, a cook, a tile mason, and as a researcher studying homelessness in Denver. Most of my life I’ve worked two or more jobs to make ends meet. But I only got off the streets when I got a job as an apprentice carpenter.
I got a GED, then I got a degree, and then I started my own small business, right here in Englewood. Today, I am spearheading programs that connect homeless people with the chance to learn a skilled trade so they can stand on their own two feet, like I did. Englewood gave me these opportunities. I want to make sure that other folks have the resources and the opportunities that I had, so they, too, can overcome their circumstances through their own hard work.
I want to see my city thrive. To do that, we need to preserve and build upon what makes Englewood a great place to live. We need to make sure that our city has good roads, safe streets, affordable homes, and a strong, locally owned, small business driven economy.
Englewood is home. When you’ve lived on the streets as a teenager like I did, ‘home’ takes on a special meaning. That’s why I’m running for Englewood City Council. Our home is special, and I will fight to keep it that way.
Create mindful solutions for those experiencing homelessness
The homeless population in Englewood is growing, fast. We can’t keep kicking the can down the road to the next town‑ we have to do something that will actually have an impact and make our community a safer and healthier place for everyone.That’s why I am working on creating resources for our community now, before I take office. Nearly half of the homeless folks in the Metro area work 2 or more jobs. I am spearheading a program that will give these folks a path into skilled trades apprenticeships. Careers that will give them the same hand up that I got, that will give them opportunity and the resources to overcome their circumstances through their own hard work.
update and repair our crumbling infrastructure
Last July, we had a flood. A woman who was cat-sitting for a friend here in Englewood drowned in her friend’s basement apartment. It was 2 inches of rain. 2 INCHES. I don’t want to live in an America where someone can drown in their friend’s home because our infrastructure can’t handle 2 inches of rain.
Some of my favorite places in Englewood nearly went out of business due to the damages from this flood. Public safety is the responsibility of our city government, I want to make sure that our city government has the support to do their job well.
Encourage & support Local small businesses
I support local Englewood businesses like Tabletop Tap, Bosphorus, Moji A Bang Salon, Englewood Grand, and Blossoms Cleaners. As a small business owner that employs members of our community, I understand how difficult it can be to provide a quality service for your customers and a thriving work environment for your staff. I believe that part of the job of local government is to ensure that those within our community who are enriching Englewood with their businesses have the support that they need in order to do both.
The backbone of Englewood is its small businesses. I want to shop at small, locally owned businesses, that contribute to my community. I want to make it easier for Englewood residents to start businesses that enrich our community and strengthen our local economy. I want to see Broadway flourish. I want to see Englewood flourish.
We have people in Englewood who will be priced out of their own homes, soon. That’s not right.
We have a problem where developers are knocking down single-family homes and replacing them with high-density town homes and with mini-mansions, and neither of those are good for working families or for folks on fixed incomes.
We need to focus on affordable single-family homes built for working families, that working families can afford. I don’t want to see people priced out of their own homes and communities. And, we need to focus high-density mixed-use housing along Broadway, in Englewood’s downtown area, where local business owners want to set up shop and where younger folks like myself want to live.
I’m going to work to make sure Englewood stays the kind of place that working families and the folks who have been here for decades can afford to live.