What I Care About

I believe Denver should work for everyone in District 8. Here’s how I’ve made Denver work in my professional career: 

  • I negotiated and implemented a youth apprenticeship program that encouraged Denver employers like the City and County to hire youth from marginalized communities to prepare them for college and career.
  • I served as Executive Director of a partnership with the City and County of Denver to upskill public employees in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to provide more services to support the unhoused, increase composting rates, and other improvements. 
  • I lead efforts in District 8 to make our streets safer for families to walk, bike, and roll by serving on the Mayor’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committees, as well as serving on the board of Central Park’s RNO. 

We need leaders who know how to implement new solutions to deal with pressing issues and bring along people in the process.

Here’s what I care about, because I’ve heard it countless times in my conversations with District 8 neighbors:

Representation and Constituent Services

I believe representing District 8 is a privilege and an honor. That’s why I plan to: 

  • Convene a Community Cabinet with diverse representation from every part of the District to ensure voices are heard by our office (and City agencies) on a regular basis.
  • The District 8 office staff will volunteer at a District nonprofit every quarter to not only ensure we are in the community, but invite the community to serve alongside us and amplify the needs of our community’s most underserved populations.
  • Host an intern or youth apprentice from the District every year, to ensure we are building up the leadership of our community, amplifying the voices of those who will one day inherit this city, and having a staff that reflects the community we serve. 
  • Ensure, early on in my term, that the new Mayor and their department heads visit and meet with District 8 constituents to build relationships and share ideas for how to invest in our neighborhoods.
  • Push for centralized language translation outreach services that serve City Council offices in outreach to various communities
  • Push to redesign 311 to be a mobile-first solution that allows for text, video, and audio, as well as helps you understand all pertinent City actions taking place close to an address you input.

Equitable Investment In District 8 Neighborhoods

Every neighborhood in District 8 has different needs. City Council plays an influential role in helping advocate for investments made in communities. I will be an advocate for: 

  • Channeling the community voice into investments and resources for every community, whether that means more affordable housing, childcare facilities, and workforce development opportunities with the new Mayor.
  • Significantly expand Denver’s Summer Youth Employment Program and the City’s CareerWise Youth Apprenticeship program with a focus on Park Hill, Montbello, and East Colfax
  • Advocate for a community center in East Colfax
  • Brad also believes residents in neighborhoods should play a stronger decision-making role in allocating funds to improve their communities and fight displacement. 
  • Two models that can embrace the above values:
    • Fight gentrification and displacement by implementing and incentivizing more Community Land Trusts (example, and another example) to invest in permanently affordable commercial and residential units in Park Hill, East Colfax, and Montbello, governed by people in the community.
    • Consider embracing the model for the Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities, which improves the community, funded through a small fee on every home sale in Central Park.

Traffic and Safe Streets

In every neighborhood in District 8, people feel frustrated by traffic, drag racing, and unsafe streets designed to move cars fast, not people. Sidewalks are either too narrow or nonexistent. Bike lanes, to the extent they exist, are unprotected, unconnected, and make it dangerous to ride next to cars. And people who ride the bus are unfairly penalized with long ride times by getting stuck in traffic with cars. We’ll never have safe and sustainable transportation to get to where we need to go with Denver’s streets of the past.

Brad will advocate for:

  • Investments in safe, low-stress streets, designed to support people who want to walk, bike, and take the bus, to get to where they need to go, not just where it’s easiest to build. This in turn, will reduce traffic congestion and pollution, for cleaner streets in neighborhoods.
  • People who bike or take the bus should have dedicated and protected lanes that connect to a broader network and reduce congestion on busy streets.
  • Sidewalks should be built equitably so people in neighborhoods without them can enjoy their communities without putting their life in danger walking in the street. 
  • We should be connecting communities with safe streets infrastructure, not reinforcing barriers like Quebec with its high-speed car-only lanes. You can count on Brad to support and advocate for safe, sustainable and connected people-oriented streets for all.
  • Increasing the use of speed and red light cameras around schools and intersections

Public Safety

Denver and District 8 are experiencing an uptick in violent, gun-related crime, and response times. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community. Brad supports strategies that help neighbors feel safe while also advancing criminal justice reform. This includes:

  • Expanding the STAR program citywide to ensure the right professional responds to a person in crisis anywhere in the City, reduces arrests, and saves taxpayers money.
  • Support increased investment in youth enrichment facilities and youth violence prevention activities within District 8 neighborhoods and expand youth access to summer jobs, internships, apprenticeships, and careers with the City.
  • Supporting the FAST program within DPD, which aims to bring greater resources to solving non-fatal crimes that involve guns so that violent criminals and guns are off the street.
  • Advancing more community policing initiatives that allow for dialogue, collaboration, and cooperation between neighborhoods and public safety professionals, supported by data.