Mar 14, 2023
As this is an episode that’s a little bit different from our other episodes (I don’t think to date we’ve interviewed a person who’s currently running for office), we’d like to make sure we are very clear about the following: We are NOT endorsing any candidates in this episode. We are grateful that Trinidad Rodriguez, who is running for Mayor of Denver, was willing to connect with us to give us an inside look at what it’s like running for office, to expand on our civics engagement series. Again, we are NOT endorsing any candidates in this episode.
This episode was also unique in that we got an inside look into what a political campaign looks like, marrying the personal “why” (why we care about certain issues, for example, due to lived experience) with our own individual and collective abilities to make change in the world.
It was also very humanizing about a process that we previously thought was elevated above us, inaccessibly locked away in a black box. That’s not true. Any one of us, with enough experience, support, drive, internal strength, and vision, can run for office. And as you listen, we hope you find your own takeaway - not only about running for civic office but about the power you DO have to make change and shape your own communities on a daily basis.
What to listen for:
Trini’s thoughts on what it takes to actually run for office, and what / who you need to surround yourself with
The importance of breaking out of our silos, and asking those affected what they think will be most helpful to them
Advice on what we can all do to be more engaged – that is, follow up on our votes. Know the outcomes of what you voted on, and hold leaders and politicians accountable to implement the policies that were decided upon by the citizens, with integrity.
Trinidad Rodriguez is bringing a new approach to moving Denver forward. Growing up with a single mom in West Denver, his family had to overcome some challenges like housing insecurity, mental health and addiction issues, and violent crime. The city and its services supported them through the hard times, and that inspired Trinidad to pay it forward and continue to fight for Denver.
Trinidad has spent the last 23 years working in finance and volunteering with various local civic
and nonprofit organizations like the Downtown Denver Partnership, Denver Housing Authority,
Blueprint Denver, Rose Community Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Foundation, and Urban Peak. He is a public finance expert who knows how to leverage and build public and private networks to create public-serving infrastructure. He has financed schools, affordable housing communities, and health clinics that have served tens of thousands of Denverites. This sets him apart from the other candidates.
Now he’s running for mayor to make sure that Denver is a city where every Denverite can achieve their version of success, regardless of the neighborhood they’re in. He is a proven leader with bold plans to address Denver’s biggest issues. Trini understands that we can’t expect different results if we continue to try the same approaches.
More details about his background and experience can be found here.