Jeff Walker for Denver City Council-at-Large

First things first:

Why I’m Running

The short story is I love this city. I want to be part of it as it grows and changes. 

The longer version is I’ve spent thousands of hours since 2004 on various boards and committees while balancing a family and full-time job – thanks to my friends. I think I finally have enough experience in developing land use, transportation and public safety policy to make a meaningful contribution. There’s still a lot to learn. Every person has a different experience in Denver, whether it’s on a long weekend, a recent transplant or my friends who are lifelong residents and remember when only ranches were south of Hampden.

I grew up in a two-union household in Akron, Ohio. Both of my parents were deeply involved in campaigns for city, county and state offices, as well as local efforts for U.S. House and Senate candidates. I remember the dining room table being covered with campaign literature and walking lists from August through the first Tuesday in November. I started stuffing envelopes for candidates and leaving door hangers when I was ten years old. I was raised watching my parents serve. I was taught to serve. I can’t imagine my life without it.

I moved to Denver from Cincinnati in 1999 to attend law school at the University of Denver. The employment and social opportunities also drew me – and several hundred thousand other people. I have strong ideas on how I want this city to operate. However, I believe the at-large seat belongs to the people. It’s the councilmember’s job to listen to everyone. That means sometimes I’ll have to vote against my personal wishes. Sometimes I’ll have to find a compromise between differing opinions. And sometimes I’ll have to vote for what’s in the best interest of the city, even if the reason is not immediately clear to everyone.

Priorities

My Civic Involvement

Task Force to Re-Imagine Policing and Public Safety, September 2020-Present

Regional Transportation District Board of Directors, District D, 2011-2020

American Public Transportation Association, Board of Directors; Finance Committee; 2018-2020; Nominating Committee, 2015, 2017; Leadership APTA Committee, 2016-2020

Blueprint Denver Task Force, 2016-2019

Rosedale/Harvard Gulch Neighborhood Association, President, 2018

Better Denver, Transportation and Mobility Subcommittee, 2017

Colorado Resiliency Framework, Peer Reviewer, 2015

Denver Architectural Foundation, Board of Directors, 2010-2012

American Planning Association Colorado Chapter, Executive Committee, 2008-2010

Denver Planning Board, 2004-2010

Infrastructure Priority Task Force, 2007

Saint Anthony Hospital Redevelopment Task Force, 2005

West University Community Association, Board of Directors, 2004

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