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Rename St*pleton for All endorses new District Delegates slate “Vote for a Change” in Stapleton Master Community Association
Let’s Get Back to The Book!
Representing a wide range of experience and reasons for running, this slate of eight candidates favor removing from the development, the name that honors former Denver Mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton, a Ku Klux Klan member supported by the hate group in the 1920s. District Delegates meet monthly to advise the MCA Board, to elect new MCA Board members, and to approve or veto the budget. The MCA Board has legal authority to change the community name. Board elections will occur later this year.
These candidates include a high school honor student, a medical researcher, community organizer, lawyer, creative director for a small business, and more. Rename St*pleton for All will be campaigning full force for these candidates because we share the values of a welcoming, inclusive community, and these candidates represent a diversity of age, gender, race and ethnicity.
Rename St*pleton for all will be conducting a people-to-people, door-to-door, campaign to educate the community about MCA election processes and to prepare them to vote by proxy or in person at the MCA Annual meeting, November 14th at 6:30 pm at The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd (E. 49th Avenue).
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MCA Delegate District 1 Candidate: North Eastbridge & Bluff Lake
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Hi! My name is Jaime Bower. I’m running for MCA District 1 Delegate because I believe we can do better to live out the promises of the “Green Book”, Stapleton’s Development Plan. Our neighborhood is thriving as a beautiful, walkable, environmentally sustainable neighborhood with a system of well-maintained open spaces, parks, and pools for residents; however, we fall short when it comes to the development’s guiding principle of social equity; socio-economic and racial diversity, inclusivity, and the creation of strong ties between us and surrounding neighborhoods.
I believe that renaming our community is a big step forward, towards creating the welcoming space intended. We need to elect MCA District Delegates and Board members that exhibit the diverse intentions of the “Green Book”. We need to ensure that our community spaces, events, and programming are providing opportunities for people of all ages, incomes, and ethnic groups.
I grew up in a military family and have lived many places. I’ve been a resident of East Bridge since 2012, and a resident of Stapleton for a total of 11 years. I especially enjoy gardening, reading, painting, and traveling. Professionally, I have worked in many fields and held high level government clearance. Most recently have worked in the public school of our neighborhood. I live with my husband and two daughters (*10, 9).
As your MCA district 1 delegate, I will use my passion for social equity and [other positive personal attributes/skills] to serve my neighbors. I ask for your support and promise to listen to your ideas for and concerns about our neighborhood, encouraging your involvement. I am eager to take on this role!
MCA District 2 Delegate Candidate: 29th Avenue Town Center & Original
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I have lived in Stapleton for 15 years and am currently a senior at George Washington High School. I want to make a difference before I go off to college and I believe the best way for me to do that is to work towards making my community a better place. I believe the first and best way to positively change the Stapleton community is changing its name. I believe the name is a bad representation of our community and perpetuates the harms of racism and white supremacy. I believe serving the community means serving all of its members and making it the most inclusive space it can be. As someone who has grown up in this neighborhood, I offer a unique perspective and can be a voice for the youth of the community.
MCA District 3 Delegate Candidate: Westerly Creek
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I am a Denver native. My wife and I live just across the street from the beautiful Central Park. After living in separate states, commuting back and forth between Denver and Arizona, my wife accepted a job in Colorado. We decided to move to the neighborhood from the Park Hill area in August of 2016. I am also a small business owner, owning and operating Control FREQ, a home automation and systems integration company. I launched it back in 2005 and now have an office located just across the street from the Stanley Marketplace. Having weathered the storms of the economic downturns, with the help of others, I’ve been able to successfully navigate the market and keep the company prosperous. I was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District. It was there that I learned to assess the needs of the community, mobilize and address those needs. I also served in a leadership capacity for more than 14 years at Colorado Christian Fellowship in Aurora, Colorado. As the Director of Media, I was responsible for a small budget and for managing a team of volunteers, who were responsible for weekly operations of the audio and visual components of the church. While serving in this capacity, I had the opportunity to work with individuals who had experienced the recent loss of loved ones. I worked with these families to produce the media associated with the memorial services for their loved ones. Due to the limited timeline and sensitive nature of the circumstances, this required a high level of professionalism, sensitivity, and interpersonal skills.
Often people have misconceptions about individuals due to their lack of experience in interacting with people who are not like themselves. One of my greatest honors is that I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to work with and learn from a wide range of individuals from various socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. I currently serve on the board of directors for SUN, the neighborhood organization for our community. One of the areas SUN has committed to, is to bring more diversity to the neighborhood. We’ve formed a committee to look at some of the issues responsible for the lack of diversity and are working to address them. I’m looking to bring a more diverse perspective to the MCA secure a seat as District 3 Delegate.
Cristin Welle Hughes
MCA Delegate District 4 Candidate: South End
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Hello! I’ve lived in District 4 for several years and have really enjoyed being a part of this neighborhood and community. As a mom of 2 growing boys, I want our neighborhood to continue to grow into the friendly, inclusive and diverse community that supports all our children and families. I’ll work to make sure that our community welcomes and reflects the broad range of cultures, races and faces from all walks of life that make Denver such a vibrant place to live. As a scientist and professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, I will use my passion for education and social justice to strength ties with our surrounding neighborhoods and institutions. I would like to hear your ideas and concerns, and most importantly, encourage us to be involved and invested in our neighborhood.
MCA District 5 Delegate Candidate: South Eastbridge
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My family moved to the Eastbridge area in 2005. My three daughters, Cate, Ella and Meg went to Westerly Creek Elementary (Meg is still there), McAuliffe and East High School. My wife, Lori Fox, and I were founders of Tent Night and the Arc Park July 4th Parade. Please don’t tell the authorities, but we may be best known for serving hot buttered rum on Halloween night to cold parents. I’ve been on the Westerly Creek Metro District Board for 4 ½ years, including as Chair. WCMD is the resident / taxpayer special district, which raises the taxes to pay for infrastructure. Five of us defeated the Forest City / developer board members, and opened up the years-long secretive process. I’ve been a regulatory lawyer for 25 years, in the private sector and in government, Including under Attorney General Ken Salazar, and running Denver’s licensing department. I took a break from being a lawyer to run the Children’s Museum for almost 5 years. My community work includes formerly chairing the boards of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and the Colorado Nonprofit Association. If elected as an MCA Delegate, my primary focus will be ensuring fair and open processes and true resident decision-making.
MCA District 6 Delegate Candidate: Central Park North & Central Park West
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I have been a resident of District 6 for over six years and have developed a strong interest in the future of our neighborhood. I believe that we are obligated to work toward achieving the goals for this community that were set upon its establishment, including to create an inclusive, diverse, welcoming community with a broad representation of cultures, races, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. These are lofty ambitions, but they are achievable. Resident representation in the MCA provides an opportunity to help guide the growth of our neighborhood in these areas, and I am excited about the chance to contribute!
MCA District 8 Delegate Candidate: Conservatory Green
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My name is Caley Orr and I’m running for MCA District 8 Delegate because I believe we can do better to live out the promises of the “Green Book”, Stapleton’s Development Plan. We are privileged to live in a neighborhood with beautiful open spaces, parks, and other amenities; however, we fall short of our goals when it comes to the development’s guiding principle of social equity, socioeconomic and racial diversity, inclusivity, and the creation of strong ties between us and surrounding neighborhoods. Nevertheless, I have faith that as a community, we genuinely hope to meet these worthy aspirations.
Changing our community name is one important step forward. We need to rename Stapleton utilizing a fair and democratic process that considers the input of all residents. As your delegate, I will work to ensure that our community spaces, events, and programming are providing opportunities for people of all ages, incomes, family situations, and ethnicities.
I grew up in Colorado and completed my bachelor’s degree at CU Boulder. I lived out-of-state for many years pursuing my career, but I was fortunate to return in 2014 and am eager to be involved in the place I love and truly call “home.” Since returning, I have lived in Conservatory Green with my wife of 11 years (and now our infant daughter). Professionally, I hold a PhD in anthropology from Arizona State University and now have my dream job as a CU professor, in which I conduct research in my field and teach anatomy to students of the health professions. Anthropology provides a strong intellectual appreciation of human diversity, but it is my students and the friendships I’ve forged with folks from all walks of life that truly motivate me.
As your MCA District 8 delegate, I will use my passion for social equity and democracy, strong organizational skills, and genuine interest in people to guide my service to the neighborhood. I ask for your support and promise to listen to your ideas and concerns on all matters.
MCA District 9 Delegate Candidate: Willow Park East & Wicker Park
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I have lived in Stapleton for 13 years, both of my daughters have grown up here, played here, gone to school here. I’ve lived in the South End, and recently moved to Willow Park. I have watched this neighborhood blossom into the amazing community it is and look forward to all the things it can be in the future. I am a working mom, I have been a stay at home mom, I started and ran a small business. I come to this role with experience from many perspectives, and I’m proud to have the chance to represent my neighbors!
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