They will join together as leaders to #UNITEDENVER

DENVER, CO (May 13, 2019) – Lisa Calderón and Penfield Tate will join Jamie Giellis on a unity ticket for Denver Mayor against incumbent Michael Hancock on Tuesday, May 14.

What: Rally for Unity and Change event
When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Where: Steps of the Denver City & County Building at 1437 Bannock Street

United, the team of former rivals will address the extraordinary challenges of housing affordability and homelessness, ethical leadership, transportation infrastructure, equitable growth and development in Denver. By working together, Giellis, Calderón and Tate will unite the best public policies for the future of Denver and develop a strong, inclusive and comprehensive platform to address issues most important to all people in Denver.

“I am excited about this development. Together, we unify Denver,” said Giellis. “Our perspectives are unique and our concerns about the issues are much aligned. I believe that this team of former rivals can lead Denver together to overcome the extraordinary challenges our city is facing, and do so in a creative, equitable way. Our conversations leading up to this announcement have further energized me and my campaign moving forward.”

“I do not make this decision lightly. I believe our unified platform and leadership coalition will bring justice and equity to Public Safety, Housing and Homelessness, Human Services and Community Partnerships,” said Lisa Calderón. “Waiting out a term-limited incumbent will result in irreversible harm to communities at high risk for displacement. The priority issues of my platform—including resolving the housing and homelessness crisis, justice reform and climate sustainability—can’t wait. Giving the incumbent four more years to groom a replacement essentially means 12 more years of Hancock through his successor.”

“Endorsing Jamie Giellis was the most appropriate path for me. United, we can address the need for accessible, ethical and transparent leadership. The time for change is now. Together we will bring experience, expertise and equity to the billion-dollar public infrastructure projects that will define our city for generations to come, including the Colorado Convention Center, the 16thStreet Mall, the National Western Complex to DIA. Denver’s workers, neighborhoods and small businesses will be at our table working to build a more equitable future for Denver.”

Giellis, Calderón and Tate will take Michael Hancock to a runoff election on June 4, having collectively won 58% of the vote to Hancock’s 38.65%. Sixty percent of those who cast their ballots voted for someone other than Hancock. Calderón and Tate’s supporters totaled the biggest share with nearly 60,000 votes between them.

Together, Giellis, Calderón and Tate are planning events and conversations city-wide before the June 4thrunoff election to continue the conversation for badly needed positive change. Details on these will be announced soon.

Below are issues the #UNITEDENVER ticket will support:

  • Development – Bringing a new neighborhood-focused approach driven by a revamped planning and permitting process to accommodate this community input and involvement.
  • Homelessness and Housing –Ending homeless sweeps, repealing the camping ban and replacing it with comprehensive action on housing and homeless through a cabinet level director, with expertise leading a housing and homelessness department.
  • Immigration – Upholding the 2017 Ordinance protecting immigrants in Denver by prohibiting any employees of the City and County of Denver, including corrections employees, from assisting the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in enforcing federal immigration policy.
  • City Leadership – Creating a multicultural and inclusive cabinet reflecting the diversity of our coalition and right sized for efficient government.
  • Minority and Women Business Enterprises – Reforming the Office of Economic Development, to prioritize the development and expansion of Denver and Colorado owned businesses and cooperatives.
  • Labor – Establishing a Labor Liaison to the Mayor’s Office to focus on labor issues.
  • Zoning – Revising the public input process to truly represent community voices.
  • Public Safety – Substantial improvements to jail operations, police oversight, and autonomy for the Office of the Independent Monitor.
  • Environment – Protecting and expanding greenspace, including Park Hill Golf Course, and fundingthe Office of Sustainability.
  • Globeville-Elyria-Swansea – Bringing community to the table and address their needs on National Western Center, and I-70 construction, and affordablehousing.
  • Public Infrastructure Projects – Reforming, improving and equalizing contracting, for the billion dollar city infrastructure projects.
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