Mar 12, 2023 - Politics

Meet Leslie Herod: Get to know the Denver mayor candidate

Leslie Herod at a campaign event Jan. 27. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post

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 Leslie Herod, a state representative, told us.

πŸ“² First tap in the morning: If I’m being honest, the snooze button. Then, my calendar.

πŸ“ Favorite spot in Denver: The Museum of Contemporary Art

🍳 Favorite places to eat and drink: I love anything my friend Kelly Whitaker does, but especially Bruto. Also, Block Distilling and Honey Hill.

πŸ‘€ Fun fact: I’m more introverted than many assume.

πŸ˜„ Hobbies: Being immersed in the arts, be it a concert or museum

πŸ“Ί On demand: "The Last of Us" on HBO

πŸ“• Reading list: Re-reading "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein, and "The Fight to Save the Town" by Michelle Wilde Anderson is next

🎧 Podcast queue: "The Daily" from the New York Times and "Radiolab"

🎡 On rotation: Alanis Morissette, Nathaniel Rateliff, H.E.R.

☝ First action as mayor: Declare a state of emergency on housing

🚩 What sets you apart as a candidate: My ability to deliver real results.

πŸ† Proudest personal achievement: Creating the Caring for Denver Foundation, which helps people struggling with mental health or addiction challenges

πŸŽ‰ Top career accomplishment: Leading the charge on our bipartisan police accountability measure at the Legislature


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