Endorsements and Neighborhood Support

Elected And Former Elected Leaders

“Travis Leiker knows how to make tough decisions and what it means to lead with conviction. From his work at the University of Colorado to leadership in Denver neighborhoods, Travis has the capacity to get things done.”

HON. ELBRA WEDGEWORTH

Former Denver City Council President
Denver City Councilwoman – District 8 (1999-2007)
The first African American to chair the Downtown Denver Partnership

“We need a city council that knows how to cross Civic Center Park–from the City and County Building to the Colorado State Capitol–and build partnerships, leverage relationships, and secure the outcomes needed for Denver. That is Travis Leiker. His experience in public policy and ability to navigate complex institutions will be crucial for the challenges we face as a city.”

SPEAKER ALEC GARNETT

Colorado State Representative – House District 2

“Travis Leiker has been working with other neighborhood leaders to advance citywide solutions to support Denver’s growing unhoused population. He has assured me that investing in all Denver neighborhoods, especially those historically underrepresented or marginalized, will be one of his major areas of focus on city council. I know we can count on him to stand for all of us on the Denver City Council.”

HON. LUCÍA GUZMÁN

Former Colorado State Senator – Senate District 34

“I have had the privilege of working with Travis Leiker for more than 17 years. He’s been an essential community leader in fighting for policies that promote fairness, equity, and economic opportunity. I know he will be a champion for Denver’s women and families as the next at-large member of Denver City Council.”

SEN. FAITH WINTER

Colorado State Senate – Senate District 24

“Travis Leiker has contributed greatly to the University of Colorado’s recent successes. He has formed new partnerships with health care leaders and helped create millions of dollars in student scholarships. While 10 miles separate the Denver and Anschutz Medical campuses, each share a number of priorities. Affordable housing for students, bus rapid transit along Colfax Avenue, and community safety are just a few. We need Travis on the Denver City Council to see that these needs are successfully addressed.”

REGENT ILANA DUBIN SPIEGEL

University of Colorado – 6th Congressional District

“Denver is evolving. We need a city council that honors the past but has a keen understanding of the city’s changing population and shifting needs. Whether you were born in Denver or you are a recent transplant, Travis Leiker is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable city.”

HON. JOAN FITZ-GERALD

Former Colorado State Senator – Senate District 16
First woman to serve as President of the Colorado State Senate

“Travis Leiker understands Denver’s magnificence and capacity to do big things. This includes promoting smart development and ensuring all Denverites have clean air, safe water, and walkable neighborhoods. Denver can create jobs and reduce the city’s carbon footprint. Travis is ready to lead on day one.”

HON. MARK UDALL

Former United States Senator – Colorado

“Ten Denver neighborhoods account for nearly 40% of the city’s most violent crimes. We need a city council that is going to support smart policy and neighborhood safety in ALL communities. This includes addressing gun violence. Travis Leiker has the leadership skills and citywide vision to get Denver back on track.”

HON. ANNE MCGIHON

Former Colorado State Representative – House District 3
Public Affairs Representative at Colorado Ceasefire

“Clean, fair elections are essential to Denver’s future. Travis Leiker is participating in the Denver Fair Elections program and remains committed to good government. As councilman at-large, Travis will ensure Denverites…regardless of socioeconomic background…have a voice at the leadership table.”

HON. JOE MIKLOSI

Former Colorado State Representative – House District 9

“Denver’s future has both regional and national implications. It is important for the city to have leaders who understand this significance and are willing to form partnerships transcending geographic boundaries. Travis Leiker can see the big picture. From addressing the city’s housing shortage to championing multimodal transit, he will roll up his sleeves to get these and other big agenda items done.”

SEN. SONYA JAQUEZ LEWIS

Colorado State Senate – Senate District 17

As a physician and state senator, I worked everyday to improve health care outcomes for Denver’s marginalized populations. Travis Leiker shares this commitment and understands municipal-level policymaking can improve overall public health. He is committed to creating a safer, healthier Denver through increased philanthropic support for safety net providers and wants to enhance Denver’s sidewalk infrastructure. Join me in supporting his race for Denver City Council At-Large in 2023.”

HON. IRENE AGUILAR, MD

Former Colorado State Senator – Senate District 32

 

“I proudly endorse Travis Leiker for Denver City Council At-Large in 2023. He has the background, expertise, and savvy to be a key thought partner to our next mayor. This is paramount to our city’s future successes. From DIA to Harvey Park and Downtown to University Hills, Travis is committed to doing what is in the best interest of Denver.”

HON. MARY BETH SUSMAN, PHD

Former Denver City Council President
Denver City Councilwoman – District 5 (2009-2019)

“I love this city and care about its future. That is why I am endorsing Travis Leiker for Denver City Council At Large. He brings extensive community leadership experience, as well as a commitment to consensus building, to the role. We need that more than ever, and I am confident that Travis will do important work for the people of Denver.”

HON. LOIS COURT

Former State Senator – District 31

“What we need most in government right now is people of character that we can trust–those who will work tirelessly to improve the lives of those they represent. I’ve known Travis for years, and he is that person for Denver. Travis has a proven record of working with people from across the Front Range and the state to increase equity, protect our environment, and expand access to reproductive healthcare. I’m proud to support Travis for Denver City Council.”

SEN. JEFF BRIDGES

Colorado State Senate – Senate District 26

“Travis Leiker brings the right mix of forward-looking values, an appreciation for complex systems, and a thorough understanding of organizational leadership. He is the right choice for Denver City Council at-large in 2023.”

COUNCILWOMAN KENDRA BLACK

Denver City Council – District 4

“Denver needs new leadership and a new direction, and Travis Leiker is the candidate to get us there. Travis is asmart and capable manager, he has a strong record of accomplishments, and he’s proven his dedication to making Denver a better place for all. We’re proud to support Travis Leiker for Denver City Council.”

CHRIS ROMER

CEO and Co-Founder, Project Canary
Former Colorado State Senator

LAURIE ROMER

Nonprofit and Marketing Professional

“Travis has the big picture view of Denver that the at-large city council position needs. His background and his can-do outlook will give Denver City Council a valuable asset. Electing Travis Leiker in 2023 is a big step in a positive direction, and I am excited to have him bring his knowledge to our local government. It will be great to work with him on the most pressing transit issues facing our city.”

DIRECTOR KATE WILLIAMS

RTD Board of Directors – District A

“Travis Leiker is committed to ensuring young Denverites have the community support and services they need to achieve their fullest potential. He understands the job of council and its role in funding critical city programs—early childhood education, workforce development, and safe, stable housing to name a few. I am excited to endorse him for Denver City Council At-Large in 2023.”

HON. ELAINE GANTZ BERMAN

Former Board President and Director – Denver Public Schools
Former Board Member – Colorado State Board of Education (CD1)

“Denver’s prominence on the global stage has risen over the past two decades, and the city must maintain this momentum. It’s important to elect leaders who understand Denver’s role and opportunity to be a model international city. That’s why I support Travis Leiker.  “

HON. JOE RICE

Iraq War Veteran, National Security Leader, and
Former Colorado State Representative – District 38

“When I was elected to City Council, Denver faced a number of challenges–building the new international airport, addressing gun violence in neighborhoods, and investing in safety net programs to support the homeless. Some 25 years later, we face similar issues. Travis Leiker brings the energy and job readiness we need to solve issues and to get big things done in Denver. I am excited to endorse him for Denver City Council At-Large and encourage others to do the same.”

HON. JOYCE FOSTER

Former Denver City Council President
Denver City Councilwoman – District 4 (1993-2003)
Former State Senator – District 35 (2009-2013)

“Regional partnerships will be critical to Denver’s future and the long-term successes of the surrounding region. That is why I am endorsing Travis Leiker for Denver City Council At-Large in 2023. From public health strategies to improving air quality, Travis will hit the ground running with the solid understanding that regional solutions are the best way to take on common challenges.”

HON. LINDA OLSON, PhD

Former Mayor, City of Englewood
Civic Leadership and Municipal Policy Expert

“Travis Leiker is a nuanced thinker and has a track record of bringing divided parties together. He wants to invest in more neighborhood transit options and will work to build community wealth. That is why I proudly endorse Travis Leiker for Denver City Council At-Large in 2023. From supporting local workforce needs to cutting red tape, Travis is ready and he is the community leader Denver needs now.”

DIRECTOR ANGIE RIVERA-MALPIEDE

RTD Board of Directors – District C

 

Community Leaders

“Denver faces a number of vexing issues. We need city leaders who have the capacity to see through these complexities, the tenacity to work through bureaucratic silos, and the drive to implement a better, more effective city government. As Denver elects its next city council, Travis Leiker will bring both competence and job readiness to City Council on day one.”

MIKE DINO

Community Leader, Policy Advisor, and
Campaign Manager/Senior Advisor to
former Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb

“More than a decade ago, Travis Leiker and I met at a political training program focused on recruiting, training, and supporting women who want to run for public office. As an at-large member of Denver City Council, I know Travis will champion policies that promote equity at the city level. He will ensure that Denver’s women and girls have a voice in shaping the future of the city.”

BIANKA EMERSON

Former Colorado Constituency Director, Biden-Harris Campaign
President of Colorado Black Women for Political Action

“As a mother of young children, I care deeply about the future of our city. It is important to elect a Denver City Council that will support a diverse, thriving economy where all Denverites can excel and achieve their fullest potential. Travis Leiker understands our future workforce needs, and he will be a dynamic at-large member of City Council.”

ALEXIS MENOCAL HARRIGAN

Parent, Nonprofit Executive, and Latino Community Leader

 

“Through sound judgment and steady leadership, Travis Leiker has turned around organizations that were once on the brink of bankruptcy. He will bring big picture thinking and an entrepreneurial tenacity to Denver City Council. It’s time for a new day in the Mile High City, and Travis will deliver.”

REGINA JACKSON

Community Leader, Nonprofit Advocate
Managing Real Estate Broker

“Denver faces an unprecedented housing crisis, and it disproportionately affects veterans. As a neighborhood champion, Travis Leiker continues to push leaders to fully implement the Built for Zero strategy to end homelessness. It has been a nationwide model for homeless vets and will be critical to supporting other unhoused Denverites.
Travis has what it takes to get our city back on track.”

SEAN CAMACHO

Veteran, Father, Lawyer, Community Advocate

“Travis earned my endorsement and support because he has what it takes to get Denver back on track. His experience working with community organizations and nationally recognized public policy groups gives Travis the know-how to get things done. Our great city will be made better by having his leadership on Denver City Council.”

STEVEN PALETZ

Lawyer and Community Advocate

“My family has been involved in Denver politics for nearly 150 years, and the 2023 municipal elections will be another opportunity to make our voices heard. I am excited to support Travis Leiker for Denver City Council At-Large. He is passionate about Denver’s history and brings a fresh, entrepreneurial outlook to the job.”

SALLY SHAFROTH

Community Leader, US Senate Campaign Staffer
and Former Congressional Aide

“A successful downtown and vibrant neighborhoods are important to Denver’s future. When building a city that works for everyone, we need smart, decisive leaders who look at problems as opportunities and not roadblocks. In 1983, Denver voters imagined a great city and voted for bold, new leadership. I’m supporting Travis Leiker, because 40 years later, we need to get important things accomplished.”

SUSAN POWERS

President, Urban Ventures, LLC

“Travis Leiker has the lived experiences and a career devoted to understanding the needs of individuals, building community, and seeing the brightest possibilities during a person’s most vulnerable times. As a seasoned capacity builder at CU, Travis has impacted thousands of lives through his understanding of collaboration and his deliberate work in building public-private partnerships. His compassion for community and commitment to collaboration have proven to be critical in his 5+ years as the president of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods. In that role, there are clear examples of where he has worked to make our city stronger. Right now, the city needs Travis Leiker’s leadership and his understanding of how citizens and the city can work in true partnership to address the complex societal, economic, and overall challenges we face as Denver continues to grow and change.”

MORRIS W. PRICE, JR.

Denver Resident, Foundation Executive
and Foundation Board Member

“With all of Travis Leiker’s great experience, he will be a great addition to Denver City Council.”

Lydia Peña, SL

Educator, Author, Artist, Historian, and Community Leader

“Communities of faith have provided aid and support to our neighbors in the greatest need, and we have relied on at-large members of Denver City Council to do this important work. That is why I am endorsing Travis Leiker for Denver City Council in 2023. Whether it is addressing climate change or expanding affordable housing options, we can count on him to take a values-based approach to leadership and to do what is right.”

REV. BONITA BOCK, ELCA

Faith Leader; Educator; Climate Advocate

“I cannot think of a better fit for Denver City Council than Travis Leiker. Travis has been deeply engaged in all communities in Denver and will bring a pragmatic, practical and thoughtful approach to legislating on our city’s most important issues. Travis not only stands up for what’s right for our community, but he is also a strong advocate for small and medium-sized business growth throughout Denver while encouraging entrepreneurs and business owners to take the risks necessary to make Denver a more vibrant economy for all. I can’t wait to work with Travis in 2023 and beyond!”

ANDREW FEINSTEIN

CEO & Managing Partner | EXDO Group Companies

“As an urban planning consultant, I’m supporting Travis Leiker because he cares deeply about Denver, he understands city government, and he has proven to be a very hard working, effective leader during his years as President and Executive Director of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN)”

DONALD L. ELLIOT

Urban and Regional Planning Policy Advisor, University Lecturer, and Past member of the Denver Planning Board

Organizations

“Denver Pipefitters Local Union 208 is pleased to announce our support of Travis Leiker for Denver City Council At-Large…At a time of significant challenges in Denver, the next city council will have a unique opportunity to impact the lives of hard working Denverites. We need thoughtful leaders who will include the voices of working men and women in the decision making process. We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with Travis Leiker over the next 10 months to help him get elected, and then we will partner with him in the following years to shape the future of the Mile High City.”

Pipefitters Local #208

“The 2023 Denver Municipal Elections are an inflection point for the Mile High City. The challenges we face demand creative problem-solvers like Travis Leiker. As president of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, he is a pragmatic leader and promotes facts-based decision making. At the University of Colorado, Travis has worked across silos to bring millions of dollars to various workforce development initiatives. These qualities will be vital to smart growth policies, affordable housing development, and infrastructure investments. It has been about 35 years since Denver faced so many challenges…and been presented with so many opportunities. It is time for Denver to turn the page. We are pleased to support Travis Leiker’s campaign for Denver City Council At-Large because he’ll be a solutions-oriented leader in a time when we should expect no-less.”

Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association

“Denver Fire Fighters are on the front lines serving the citizens and visitors of Denver 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. When we endorse a City Council candidate, we ensure that they are going to provide excellent public safety for you, your families, and your dedicated fire fighters. That’s why, Denver Fire Fighters Local 858 is proud to announce that we have endorsed Travis Leiker to be the next At-Large City Council Representative for Denver. Travis Leiker has already been working to ensure that Denver is on the path to be an excellent city both for its citizens and businesses that choose to make Denver home. Travis has spent 5 years as the president of the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, turning an almost bankrupt non-profit to one of the most effective neighborhood associations and fostered many public–private relationships during his time working for the University of Colorado as the Senior Director of Development. Please join your Fire Fighters of Denver and support Travis Leiker for Denver City Council At-Large.”

Denver Fire Fighters Local 858

“Travis Leiker is a leader we can trust to get things done for hardworking Denverites. He will tackle our housing shortage, rebuild our middle class, and fight to make Denver the small business capital of the country. We enthusiastically endorse his campaign for Denver City Council At-Large.”

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