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Denver's Newly Elected Mayor Has Big Plans For The City

Matt Lillywhite

Mike Johnston was recently elected to be the next mayor of Denver...

Former Colorado state senator Mike Johnston claimed victory last night to become Denver's next mayor. "We have the drive to dream something different, which is to believe we can build a city that is big enough to keep all of us safe, to house all of us, to support all of us," said Johnston during a victory speech. "That is our dream of Denver!"

Outlining his mayoral agenda, Johnston stated that his vision for Denver includes a city that allows anyone to achieve the American dream. "Denver has always been a city that dreamed that we can find a way when nobody else believed that we could," he said.

Mike Johnston Has Big Plans For The City Of Denver.

Mike Johnston intends to construct supportive housing with mental health, addiction, and job training programs. He also wants to assist the homeless in rebuilding their lives and getting back on their feet, while also ensuring the safety and cleanliness of Denver's neighborhoods, parks, and sidewalks.

Mike Johnston has big plans to improve the education system in Denver. "We want young people to be able to access the programs that inspire them and prepare them for their future," he said in a campaign promise. "That could be arts, athletics, music, science, math, robotics, or mental health support. Our program will help provide resources that families can access to support the after school programming that best fits their child’s needs and interests."

The newly-elected mayor is also aware of the high cost of living in Colorado. "More than 50% of Denver voters can’t afford to live in Denver today," he said. "Families who have been here for generations are being pushed out, as well as the teachers, nurses, and first responders who serve our city. Nearly 50,000 households pay over half their income to rent. We need sweeping, ambitious change to put Denver back on track."

Finally, Mike wants to help renters become homeowners by making Denver the first city in the country to establish a city-wide renter wealth-building program. "This will put money back in the pockets of Denverites," he said, "not out-of-town investors."

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