Rafael has earned district-wide support from a diverse section of our community. Rafael's supporters include:
Here’s what people have to say about Rafael Espinoza:
“Rafael has the skills and experience needed to ensure we see balanced growth and constructive development that benefits the whole community. A vote for Rafael is a vote for the best possible future for our neighborhoods and local businesses.”
- Marie Benedix
"I know and respect Rafael Espinoza, and I think he would make an excellent council representative for District 1. He's smart. He listens. Rafael has a practical and comprehensive understanding of community development, affordable housing and neighborhood conservation--which is exactly what Northwest Denver needs now. Plus he has skills in planning, budgeting and getting things done, which would be a terrific asset to the City as a whole."
- Ed Mickens
“As a Board Member of Jefferson Park United Neighbors, I have known Rafael to be a strong advocate for community issues. Rafael possesses an in-depth knowledge of building and zoning codes, like no one else on Denver City Council. Denver needs his intellect and leadership as the city experiences explosive growth. A Vote for Rafael is a Vote for Denver's future!”
- Jerry Olson
"It's time for a change. We need a representative who knows, listens to and understands our neighborhoods and the people who live here."
- Anne Hughes
“Having lived in Highland since '97 I've witnessed many changes/advances in our neighborhood which will hopefully continue though we desperately need an educated leader to help us maintain the fabric we moved here for and develop us into the 'New Northwest Denver' still desirable to all, Rafael Espinoza is that educated leader!”
- David York
"Rafael stands out to me as a candidate who really listens to his neighbors and constituents. He is thoughtful and measured in his response and has a balanced approach in how he navigates the needs of our community when it comes to planning and development. He’s a businessman, so he gets it."
- Ally Dodge
"I am a local cellist, buffalo weaver and longtime community activist who supports Rafael based on his commitment to preserving the character and quality of life in Northwest Denver. Rafael listens and believes that he represents everyone for betterment of the community."
“Gail and I are glad to support you. Thank you for running.”
- Richard Montoya
"I support Rafael for many reasons. I know he will truly represent the people and the best interests of the neighborhoods."
- Jude Aiello
"Ready for change."
- D. Grover
"I worked in the CD 1 Office as an aide to Garcia and Sandoval when Rafael Espinoza was head of the JPUN Zoning committee, worked tirelessly with other residents of Jefferson Park to encourage the developments that have taken place there respecting the Historic River Drive Homes and their Jefferson Park neighborhood. Rafael also put on his work boots during the Better Block project at 25th Ave and Eliot Street coordinating the planting and improvements in the ROW strips and garden center. He knows how to be proactive and work for the betterment of our NW District 1 in the future. Rafael has a great vision of the future of NW Denver!"
- Pat Defa
"Rafael will help save our neighborhood from high density development. Our incumbent councilperson only represents the developers."
- Richard and Elizabeth Bauman
"I'm just a neighbor and a voter but I support Rafael!"
- Eric Lane
"I speak for many residents of District 1 when I state -- as loudly and clearly as possible -- that we are eager to elect an intelligent city council representative who has a grip on reality, logic and fairness!"
- Roseanne Jelacic
"We are behind you 100%!"
- John Hill
"I've lived near Fairview Place and Grove Street for 16 years, and have concerns about poorly planned density and quality of architecture/construction in our neighborhood. I endorse Rafael to help preserve the aesthetics and quality of life in West Highlands."
- Marjorie Alexander
"As an active citizen, I know how important it is for our city's future to have council people who listen to their constituents. Great cities are made up of great neighborhoods, and great neighborhoods are made up of people who care about where they live. Rafael has a track record of being an active citizen, advocating for his neighborhood. I know he will listen to his constituents, and work with them to help keep what's great, and improve what needs improving, in his district and beyond."
- Liz O'Sullivan
"Supported Sal Carpio, Debbie and Judy! Lived in North Denver for 63 years and my Farther before me! Seen the it grow in the last 15. Worked for Denver Recreation for 35 years (Ashland, North Denver Rec., Aztlan, Asst Supervisor Outdoor Recreation, Globeville, St Charles and Rude!!) Great years."
- Ronnie Picaso
"I've owned my house in Lower Highland for 40 years and have put a lot of effort and money into preserving my 115 year old house in the tradition of the neighborhood. It dismays me to see some fine old houses like mine being scrapped and "Highland Boxes" going up in their place. I'm also concerned about the density of housing in our neighborhood with a commensurate loss of "community". Raphael Espinoza's vision for the neighborhoods of District One is the same as mine and for this reason I endorse him."
- Bernard Seward
"I agree that development ion this area has gone too far. Jefferson park is being leveled. All that anyone is building are luxury town homes or apartments. If this continues the entire area will be too expensive for the majority of people. The neighborhood looks sterile as if no one even lives in these places. Thanks for running."
- Rick Levy