Amanda Sandoval, Candidate for Denver City Council District 1
Which office are you running for and where?
Denver City Council District 1
When is your election day?
May 7, but vote-by-mail ballots start hitting mailboxes the week of April 15 (starting that Monday).
Why did you decide to run for public office? Did someone encourage or inspire you? If so, who?
I was raised by two parents who believed in advocacy and that well thought out community-based policy truly impacts people’s lives. I found my personal calling, however, when I started working for Denver Councilwoman Judy Montero. I feel in love with how impactful a city councilperson can be – they are a resident’s first line of defense relative to local public policy.
What did you do before you decided to run? Where did you go to school? Tell us a little about your resume.
My Northwest Denver roots run deep. Not only am I a Denver native and lifelong resident of Northwest Denver, but in 1975 my parents opened a well-known area restaurant, La Casa de Tamales in the Berkeley neighborhood, now called La Casita and located in Highland. My love and dedication for Northwest Denver is rooted the relationships forged from life living and serving others in the family restaurant, which remains a community meeting place where discussions turn into action, and those actions improve the lives of Denver residents and businesses.
I graduated from North High School, and following attended Metro State University where I earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Minor in Chicano Studies. During my studies, I was awarded a George Washington University Fellowship, which took me to Washington D.C. where I learned the foundations of national policy development balanced with advocacy for local interest. Following graduation, I served as a field volunteer on several political campaigns, including as a canvasser and volunteer for Ken Salazar for U.S. Senator (2005), as canvasser coordinator for the Latina Initiative (2008), as an intern for Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate (2010), and as a research participant for Latinas Represent (2013).
What are your top 3 key initiatives/policies?
Land-use and character – use of residential overlays
Transit oriented development incentives
Ensuring District 1 constituents have a seat at the decision-making table
My vision is one of reflective representation and creating an environment where the community area’s unique character and creating attainable housing options.
Tell us about a day in the life of your campaign or tell us your favorite story from the campaign trail.
My favorite story from the campaign was the afternoon I was able to spend with Nettie Moore’s - a 94-year-old constituent - who shared her life story and history. It is so important we learn from our elders and continue their legacies.
I work full-time, am a mother and candidate, so my days are very busy. Having the opportunity to talk about the neighborhood I love with all my heart, keeps me engerized and hopeful.
What is the biggest challenge you face as a candidate? Are there challenges you face that are unique to you as a woman candidate?
The biggest challenge I have as a candidate is talking about my vision and knowledge. Time management is also a very big hurdle. I am the only candidate that is a mother, wife and still working a fulltime job, this is a unique to me a woman candidate.
What can women do to help you?
Start with supporting my campaign – spread the word, add your name to my growing endorsement list
Donating – while money doesn’t win races, it is critical to funding our efforts
Share a fun fact or two with us!
I am the youngest of 4, and my father, Paul, chose my middle name – Pauline. When I was in trouble as a child, my father would utilize my full name to emphasize his point, and when he said Pauline, he would always smile no matter how made he was.
I have spent my whole life living in 82011 zip code (Council District 1).
Any additional thoughts?
I want to hear from you. The best and most effective leaders are listeners first.