Victory Fund Pledges to Elect First Openly Gay Man
DENVER – March 5, 2019 – Tony Smith, a candidate for Denver City Council District 10, has been a community champion in Denver for 18 years serving on numerous boards and city commissions and working for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Smith has been endorsed by the Victory Fund — a national LGBTQ organization fighting to elect the first openly gay man to Denver City Council.
“Never in the history of Denver, has there been an openly gay man elected to Denver City Council. It’s 2019, and it’s time for that to change, and we stand behind Tony and his campaign” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund.
The LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ officials at all levels of government.
Smith is running in District 10, which includes the area of Capitol Hill, a neighborhood known for its diversity due in part to the influx over time of LGBTQ people. Smith strongly believes that all people need to feel represented and have a connection to local government – something currently missing in District 10.
John Krotchko, MD, an active member of the LGBTQ community and longtime resident in the district said, “I have known Tony Smith for 15 years. He’s a collaborator, he brings people together, and he will always stand up for our local neighborhoods. We need him on Denver City Council. To think that a forward-thinking city like Denver has yet to elect a gay man to city council is a shame. That’s going to change in 2019.”
“I am honored to be endorsed by the Victory Fund and have our city in the national spotlight for LGBTQ representation,” Smith said.
Asked about how he’d be different than his opponents, Smith replied, “My life is about bringing people together and building collaborations. Growing up as a gay kid in the 1980s, I know how to stand up and fight for progressive values. I will vigorously champion for our neighborhoods, just as I have done for various organizations and people my entire life.”
Smith’s message includes putting neighbors first and building coalitions. He aims to continue his work of bringing people together to tackle the big issues facing the city – from affordable housing, to living wages, to bringing strategic approaches to the city’s infrastructure problems. He will also work to make central Denver a model for civic engagement – not just in Denver, but throughout the whole country.
Contact: Max Blumenstein, Campaign Manager
Ph: (720) 984-1964