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.
As someone who experienced homelessness at the age of 16, I understand the value of being given a chance. After a generous union carpenter took me under their wing, I received the resources and the opportunity to overcome my circumstances and get off the streets. I moved to Colorado in November of 2008, got my GED in December, and started my Bachelor's degree in January of 2009. I am now finishing up my Master's degree at the University of Colorado at Denver.
I eventually started my own small business right here in Englewood, my favorite place in all of Colorado. I went from union organizing to working in the political field, where I have championed workers' rights, apprenticeship utilization, fair and prevailing wages, and best value contracting with both candidates and electeds at the state capitol.
In the last couple of years I have turned my attention to Englewood, my home.
Create mindful solutions for those experiencing homelessness
Denver is pushing its homeless population into the suburbs. We don't have the resources that Denver has, but these folks are being forced into our community with nowhere else to go. I will make sure that we are doing everything we can to make sure that these folks have the same opportunity that I had, to have the resources and the opportunity to overcome their circumstances through their own hard work and to become active and contributing members of our community.
update and repair our crumbling infrastructure
We need millions of dollars in infrastructure updates, including our sewage and drainage systems. Last year, a woman drowned in a basement apartment in Englewood because of 2 inches of rain. 2 inches. It is inexcusable that our infrastructure is so outdated and run down that a person could drown in our city in 2 inches of rain. I will make sure that we do the due diligence to fix our overburdened infrastructure, and I'll make sure that it is done right the first time.
Encourage & support Local small businesses
I support local Englewood businesses like Tabletop Tap, Bosphorus, Moji A Bang Salon, 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.
As Denver and the Metro Area cities surrounding us continue to grow, cost of living in Englewood is going up fast. I will make sure that the growth we are experiencing here is positive, smart, planned growth. I will ensure that we respect the character of the communities that have been here for years, for decades, that make Englewood my favorite place to live, and that our neighbors don't get pushed out or priced out of their own homes and neighborhoods.