It's Time for

The Issues

EQUITY

Advancing policies that result in affordable housing and an even playing field for all.

FAIRNESS

Bringing transparency and accountability to Denver’s city government.

JUSTICE

Expanding independence for agencies so that we can better protect and represent the interests of the taxpayers.

It’s Time for a New Direction in Denver

Watch Lisa Calderón announce her candidacy for Denver Mayor

About

Lisa

I know what it feels like to have my voice not be heard. Because of this, for over 30 years, I have fought for the rights of women, people of color and those on the margins of society to be treated equally and fairly.

As a biracial woman born to teenage parents—a Mexican-American mother and African-American father—I inherited rich cultural legacies from both of them. My mother Elaine Calderón, a West High graduate, college activist and daughter of a migrant farm worker, had me on the picket line at four years old, fighting for better working conditions for the United Farm Workers.

My father, Dempsey Pugh, Jr., earned his GED and was a U.S. Army veteran. His sister Opalanga Pugh immersed me in the traditions and celebrations of the Black community. I have a large extended family, and we attended both Denver public and Catholic schools. I am a graduate of North High School, where I was a member of the tennis and debate teams.

Unfortunately, growing up, I also experienced the brutality of poverty and discrimination. I lived in public housing, and I endured the traumas of generational abuse, homelessness and, later, interpersonal violence. I am a survivor.

As a young single parent, I struggled to make ends meet and put food on the table. Despite attending college full-time while also working as many as two part-time jobs, I turned to public assistance and public health programs to support my son Tahjj. I was determined to overcome the discrimination and stigma of poverty, while also providing him a safe and secure home.

I ultimately graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English. After I had my daughter Savannah, who is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, I attained my Master’s degree in Liberal Studies, focusing on Native American Studies, from the University of Denver. I later earned my law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder School of Law. Finally, I acquired my Doctorate in Education from the University of Colorado School of Education and Human Development. I am currently full-time faculty at Regis University, teaching Criminal Justice and Sociology courses.

I have known what it feels like to not have my voice heard. Because of this, for over 30 years, I have fought for the rights of women, people of color and those on the margins of society to be treated equally and fairly.

As a nonprofit executive, I have managed staff who connected thousands of formerly incarcerated, re-entering persons with treatment, housing and jobs.

I have built programs to protect victims of violence and to rehabilitate offenders to create safer communities.

As a justice reform advocate, I have worked to reduce mass incarceration, while also working to hold our public officials accountable.

All of these experiences have prepared me to transition into a more formal public leadership role.

I believe the time has come to elect a mayor who will set a new direction for Denver by creating a more affordable, more accountable and more humane City where every voice matters. Quite simply, it’s time for new vision and new leadership where the principles of equity, fairness and justice are the touchstones by which we measure a great city.

Mayoral Candidate Dr. Lisa Calderón: The Streetsblog Interview

Dr. Calderón on equity in transit, the green new deal and smart growth.

https://denver.streetsblog.org/2019/04/11/mayoral-candidate-dr-lisa-calderon-the-streetsblog-interview/
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Lisa Calderón: Can the establishment’s sharpest critic change Denver’s power structure?

The mayoral candidate is turning decades of community organizing into a challenge for Mayor Michael Hancock.

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/04/08/lisa-calderon-denver-mayor-race/?fbclid=IwAR0egOccYPZmUiHfrFyFSFsk23vjvOBRH5WaBQC7pxO4YNzfawovPx8wbVU
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Check out Our New Video! Building Communities, Making Change 453 343 Ashley

Check out Our New Video! Building Communities, Making Change

#ItsTime to be bold and imagine new possibilities for Denver’s future. This is more than a campaign, it’s a movement—led by the community, for our communities.

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