A Mayor For
All People


Hi, I'm Kayvan

About Me

I am driven by a desire to make life better for all people, and by the values I still see very prevalent in Denver - equity, creativity, diversity, and community. I’ve been fortunate that the sacrifices I’ve made, and the hard work I’ve put into entrepreneurship and philanthropy have paid off. Sadly, those opportunities are becoming increasingly unavailable for many in our city.

What motivates me is advocating for the people of Denver and ensuring they have a strong ally in their corner. Without the city’s help, our community is doing great work to lift people up and out of homelessness, out of cycles of poverty and drug addiction, and through vast disparities in education and economic opportunity. We need more from our elected officials to support those efforts.

Denver has a long way to go to become the city our people imagine - a city that serves them, that is equitable and fair.

What We're Fighting For


Development and growth are inevitable, but displacement and cultural erasure don't need to be. We must do better to retain the diverse and tenured communities that make Denver unique. This includes investing in attainable housing options to ensure every Denver resident has a roof over their head, and make certain those who already rent or own homes can stay in them. I plan to achieve this by increasing funding in affordable housing and supportive services without raising taxes by implementing harm reduction principles that divert non-violent offenders away from our criminal justice system and into supportive programming and workforce development. I will work with our residents in establishing community land trusts, move tax incentives away from large corporations so they can be invested in inclusive neighborhood ecosystems, institute a Renter’s Bill of Rights, and revise our archaic zoning and occupancy codes to be considerate of how people are living today in our thriving city. I have and will continue to be a champion for these forward-thinking housing options.


Communities are sustained through their connectivity. We must work together to establish a multi-modal transportation system that isn’t just appropriate for our needs today, but keeps us connected for the decades of growth to come. We currently lead the nation in automobile dependence while taxpayer investments continue to fuel the widening of roads, neglecting forward-thinking transit solutions. I will prioritize efforts to increase ridership on existing rail lines, increase bus rapid transit routes, install miles of protected bike lanes, and reinstate Denver’s robust streetcar network. When we are ready to ditch the 1950’s mindset that is driving the disastrous I-70 expansion, we will have the money to fund these advancements. What we need is the will.

Public Health

Equity in health for all Denver residents is non-negotiable. Currently, leadership is failing our most vulnerable residents. We are home to the most polluted zip code in America, our life expectancy varies by up to a decade depending on the neighborhood you live in, and opiate overdoses are spiraling out of control. To improve this, we must view public health decisions made in this city through a lens of harm reduction, including immediately ceasing the criminalization of poverty, homelessness and mental illness. We must increase investment in mental health and substance abuse services, and divert non-violent offenders away from our prison pipeline. My life’s focus has been on developing and implementing these equitable practices, and I’m ready to continue this work in the city I love.


We must create real economic empowerment opportunities for all Denver residents. Unfortunately, stagnant wages, tax breaks to wealthy developers, exploitation of workers, and the prioritization of multinational corporations over local entrepreneurs by our elected officials has created a gap in equity that grows larger each day. We must return to investing in education, small businesses, and a local economy that thrives in partnership with our workforce. I plan to charter a public bank, increase small business loan funding, simplify licensing and permitting processes for startups and pressure our state legislature to increase the minimum wage. Opportunity is created by investing in the people, companies and issues important to us here, in Denver. This is what I do, and have done for over a decade in this city. I know we can do much better.

Why I'm Running

The Time Is Now

I am running for Mayor of Denver because I’m concerned about the future of our city and our people. As the rate of growth in Denver has increased, our willingness to collaborate and seek equitable, practical solutions to our most pressing problems has dwindled.

We’re losing a battle in the creation of attainable housing and public transportation that keeps pace with demand while wages remain stagnant. We’re selling functions of our government to private, multinational corporations while rampant development is bulldozing some of our most tenured communities with no acknowledgement of their rich history. We’re failing our students and teachers with an educational system that is more segregated than it’s been in decades while our approaches to criminal justice and mental health lag behind many others across the world in approach and investment.

Like most folks I speak to in Denver every day, I know we can do better.

Where We Should Be

My Vision For Denver

The people of Denver make this city special, and it’s to make sure the people of Denver have the city and the leadership they deserve that spurred me to run for Mayor of Denver.

The people of Denver deserve a city that helps them achieve their dreams, that helps them thrive. Through a synthesis of art, community, education, entrepreneurship, and government, we can move Denver into a prosperous future. Together, we can ensure Denver is the forward-thinking, unique, inclusive, and equitable city we all know it can be.

I believe we can do this without asking for more from our taxpayers by more wisely utilizing the resources we’re already generously afforded by Denver’s booming popularity. Denver’s growth should be a catalyst for compassion, innovation, and forward-thinking that cements our identity as an ethical and civic leader for our state and country in this new and uncertain world.


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Contact Info

General Information

E-mail: info@kayvanfordenver.com

Press Contact

E-mail: jessica@kayvanfordenver.com

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