Since the November elections I’ve learned about a great leader in this country: Danica Roem. She’s the transgender woman who won a state Delegate race in Virginia against a vehemently anti-trans incumbent and she’s become a hero of mine. Not because she ran as a trans woman against a horrible bigot, or that her inspirational story will inspire others to be who they are, though those are great accomplishments that are going to change lives. No, what makes her a hero to me is that she ran a campaign on neighborhood issues that mattered to local voters despite the temptation to run an identity-based, highly charged campaign.
Even when her opponent attacked her gender identity, she remained focused on the things that mattered to her community: traffic congestion, water pipes, infrastructure. Things that matter to everyone matter regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual preference. These are neighborhood issues and Danica ran on neighborhood power. Her campaign organized over 70,000 doors knocked with hundreds of volunteers. They got out and talked about issues that everyone cared about.
That’s what we’re doing. We are talking about our roads, we’re talking about the affordability of housing, we’re talking about a living wage, we’re talking about healthcare and reproductive rights and education and we’re doing it door to door on the porches around Denver. We love this city and we want it to be a place that everyone can afford to live in. That’s what people care about and that’s what this campaign is about. Neighborhood power.