Mar 12, 2023 - Politics

Meet Debbie Ortega: Get to know the Denver mayor candidate

Debbie Ortega at a forum Feb. 23. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Denver mayor's race features a crowded field of 17 candidates. All agree on the top issues at stake in the race, and in many cases, they agree on the solutions.

Yes, but: No two candidates are alike.

  • We asked each a series of fun questions to learn more about them as a person as part of our Spotlight profile series. (Edited for style and brevity.)

Meet the candidate: Here's what Deborah "Debbie" Ortega, a city council member, told us.

πŸ“² First tap in the morning: Google Calendar

πŸ“ Favorite spot in Denver: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

🍳 Favorite places to eat and drink: La Casita, Steam Espresso Bar, Tenn Street Coffee and Books and El Noa Noa

πŸ‘€ Fun fact: I have my own top-secret salsa recipe.

πŸ˜„ Hobbies: Gardening, walking Denver’s Sloan Lake park, and making jewelry for friends, family, and colleagues

πŸ“Ί On demand: "Yellowstone"

πŸ“• Reading list: City council packets

🎧 Podcast queue: "The Daily" from the New York Times and City Cast Denver

🎡 On rotation: Estas Tome, an acoustical guitarist

☝ First action as mayor: Convene a meeting with regional stakeholders to discuss how to move people to self-sufficiency who are currently struggling on our streets

🚩 What sets you apart as a candidate: My 40 years of multitasking to serve the people of Denver.

πŸ† Proudest personal achievement: Graduating from West High School and watching my daughter and grandchildren graduate from Denver Public Schools

πŸŽ‰ Top career accomplishment: Passing the city’s first LGBTQ equal protection ordinance on as a council member


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