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Preserving Denver’s Neighborhoods

I have worked in Denver’s Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District for 18 years, and I’ve lived in Central Denver’s Congress Park for 15 of those years. In that time, I’ve seen tremendous growth in our neighborhoods.

Preserving the diverse and unique neighborhoods that make our city unique is of the utmost importance to me. I want to enable and encourage neighborhoods to discuss the options, benefits and implications of conservation overlays and landmark historic districts.  Another way to preserve neighborhood character while building more homes and businesses is adaptive reuse.

I will give a voice to residents, connecting individuals and neighborhood organizations with city-wide agencies so they may work together toward smart, responsible growth. I will always put our neighbors ahead of anything else.

GREAT CITIES are built one neighbor, one neighborhood at a time – the more we know each other, the less we fear. I will elevate ways neighbors can grow closer, including the “Denver Days” program. I encourage all to learn about the Denveright Comprehensive 2040 plan and the Elevate Denver Bond Program: New bike lanes, pedestrian enhancements and transit options are rolling out across the city, as are the first set of neighborhood repairs and improvements funded by this program.

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Tony Smith for Denver City Council District 10


National LGBTQ Organization Endorses Tony Smith in Denver City Council Election

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.

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Find your District

Endorsement: Anna Jones

Tony is a breath of fresh air – his policies regarding housing and transit are progressive and smart. He is energetic, passionate and the best candidate for City Council! He has my unequivocal support.

Anna Jones, Community Advocate

Endorsement: Sonya Jaquez-Lewis: Colorado State House Rep-Elect House District 12

“For the last 18 years Tony has served Denver’s diverse communities of District 10 admirably through the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and multiple city commissions and boards of directors. I have known Tony for 10 years and have worked with him very closely on civic, state and national projects. I endorse him in the highest manner. Tony Smith is one of the most passionate and diligent people I know. His service to the community and ability to work on win-win partnerships will benefit the city culturally and economically. I urge everyone to support Tony Smith for City Council District 10.”

-Sonya Jaquez-Lewis
Colorado State House Rep-Elect
House District 12

Endorsement: Mark Ferrandino, Former Colorado Speaker of the House

“We live in consequential times which is why we need elected officials who can genuinely connect to constituents and advocate for them at the local level, and develop solutions to pressing issues. I can’t think of anyone else who could do this job better than Tony. He’s a self-less, proven leader who wakes up every day with relentless passion to connect, engage and serve.”

– Mark Ferrandino, former Colorado Speaker of the House


Tony Smith, City Arts and Civic Leader, Announces Bid for Denver City Council District 10

Denver, CO – After 18 years as both a District 10 resident and employee of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and extensive discussions with constituents from across the district, Tony Smith stands with supporters, neighborhood residents and business-owners, to announce his candidacy to represent District 10 on Denver City Council.

“Building community and consensus among the diverse voices of District 10 has been my life’s work and passion for nearly two decades,” said Tony. “I want to bring that experience and passion to city government – and now more than ever, we need to connect to and feel represented by our local government officials. Together, we will find innovative solutions to creating affordable housing, strengthening neighborhoods through smart growth, safety, historic preservation, health, wellness, support of our vulnerable populations and elevating businesses with intentional strategies to help them thrive.”

For the past 18 years, Smith has worked for District 10 nonprofit CherryArts as the Marketing and Operations Director. During his tenure, Smith was instrumental in the fiscal, cultural and economic impact success of the organization’s flagship event, the Cherry Creek Arts festival. The organization’s mission provides access to arts experiences and supports art education year- round to 350,000 annual festival attendees and more than 20,000 students throughout the year. Smith is proud of how the CherryArts mission enables the exploration of imaginations and celebration of community while simultaneously being a vital cultural and economic engine for the city. He has also been a tireless advocate for District 10 as an appointee to the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Denver Commission on Aging, Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and service on Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Board of Directors.

“We live in consequential times which is why we need elected officials who can genuinely connect to constituents and advocate for them at the local level, and develop solutions to pressing issues,” said Mark Ferrandino, former Colorado Speaker of the House. “I can’t think of anyone else who could do this job better than Tony. He’s a self-less, proven leader who wakes up every day with relentless passion to connect, engage and serve.”

Tony is bringing a new energy to District 10 and is dedicated to spending his campaign directly engaging with and learning from district constituents, business owners, city agencies and leaders of cultural institutions. He will knock on any and all doors necessary, meet with constituents in organized roundtable and social events, or in line at the grocery store or at any one of Denver’s incredible social establishments.

This campaign is about being the sparkplug to reconnect all of Denver’s diverse neighbors and businesses to the city, elevating voices and working together to proactively and responsibly support Denver’s growth.

Learn more about his candidacy at and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @tonyfordenver.

You’ve got to meet Tony at his campaign kickoff event on Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Goods, 2550 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver: RSVP: