Candidate Profile

What Sets Travis Apart: Travis Leiker’s decades of experience have prepared him to tackle the critical issues facing Denver and City Council. But it is Travis’ approach to leadership, problem solving, and teamwork that set him apart. Travis follows data, makes decisions based on facts, and is a strong manager who can make the city run effectively for its residents. Travis is a coalition builder who can bring people together to build a better Denver; when tough calls need to be made, Travis delivers. He doesn’t let division, ideology, red tape, ego, or grandstanding get in the way of good ideas. He is focused on outcomes and doing what is best.

Travis’s Priorities: Travis has a data-driven plan to tackle our city’s most pressing issues: addressing homelessness through more services and strengthened accountability, building more market rate and affordable housing to stabilize costs, and implementing smart, actionable strategies to assure greater neighborhood safety including recruiting and training a highly skilled, diversified police and public safety workforce. He brings real ideas to the table in his full 8 point roadmap to improving Denver’s future.

A Track Record of Getting the Work Done: As President of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods for six years, Travis helped transform a nearly bankrupt nonprofit into one of the most effective neighborhood advocacy organizations in the city. And through leadership posts at NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and Conservation Colorado, Travis has fought to enact common-sense progressive policies that protect a woman’s right to choose and our environment. As a senior official at the University of Colorado, Travis has developed public, private, and philanthropic partnerships that resulted in improved public health, diversified CU’s student population, and created better operations in a complex institution. When elected, Travis will become the first openly gay man elected to citywide office in Denver’s history.


In the News

Travis Leiker is running for City Council At-Large with thoughts on housing, public safety — and term limits


Leiker says he’s got eight top priorities, from housing and homelessness to civic engagement and government reform.

February 24, 2023

Here’s the order candidates for mayor and city council will appear on your ballot


Denver Elections did a draw Tuesday night to determine the order the 17 mayor hopefuls and other candidates will appear on the ballot for the April election.

February 8, 2023

LGBTQ Victory Fund Endorses 16 More LGBTQ Candidates

Victory Fund

Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office,…

November 24, 2022

CU official, attorney lead in fundraising in at-large council race


Incumbents Robin Kniech and Debbie Ortega can’t run for reelection due to term limits, but Ortega is running for mayor.

October 20, 2022

Denver’s Fair Elections Fund has pushed some 2023 candidates into high fundraising gear early


The city set aside $8 million to match small donations made by Denver residents. Council could vote to add more to that pot, should it run dry, …

October 19, 2022

Denver’s Fair Election Fund starts disbursing money to candidates

The Denver Channel

City council candidate Travis Leiker is one of the first candidates to receive money from the Fair Election Funds. He’s also receiving the highest …

August 17, 2022

Focused on balancing the candidate field, Denver’s Fair Election Fund starts disbursing money to candidates


On Monday, the City of Denver began disbursing taxpayer money to candidates running for office in the 2023 election….

August 16, 2022

Denver City Council will have new faces in 2023. So let’s check in on who’s running.


Denver City Council at-large candidate Travis Leiker. (Courtesy photo). John Bosley Photography. Leiker is the senior director of development at …

April 11, 2022

Statements and Releases

Statement on Buffalo and Uvalde Shootings

“Ten days after a horrific, hate-fueled shooting in Buffalo, NY, another community, this time in Uvalde, TX, has been devastated by an act of senseless gun violence. It is time for leaders at every level of government to step up and take action. Denver can, and must, lead on sensible measures to ensure safety in all communities. Together, we can be a model for other cities in the US.”

-Travis Leiker

Denver Post Candidate Questionnaire

Denver City Council At-Large candidate questionnaire for Travis Leiker.

March 1, 2023

Denver City Council At-Large Candidate Travis Leiker Releases First Advertisement “2023 Vision”

Leiker is the first 2023 municipal candidate to launch advertising campaign.

February 6, 2023

Denver City Council At-Large Candidate Travis Leiker Endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund

National LGBTQ+ organization endorses Leiker because he will be a strong voice for equality when elected; Leiker would be first out gay man elected to Denver City Council.

November 29, 2022

Denver City Council At-Large Candidate Travis Leiker Announces First Policy Priority

Investing in historically marginalized neighborhoods and their infrastructure remains top of mind and are foundational for candidate’s vision for city

November 17, 2022

Travis Leiker for Denver City Council At-Large Announces Roadmap to get Denver Back on Track

Candidate completes 8 months on campaign trail; announces 8-point action plan.

October 17, 2022

Travis Leiker Campaign for City Council Announces First Quarter Fundraising Haul

Frontrunner for At-Large seat raises more than $42,000 in just 28 days.

April 5, 2022

Travis Leiker Launches Campaign for Denver City Council At-Large

Sets tone for Denver’s 2023 Municipal Elections with a diverse coalition of supporters; brings a track record of turning around organizations and will bring the same expertise to City.

March 3, 2022