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Loretto Heights administrative building. Photo courtesy of Sea Turtle / Flickr via Creative Commons

Denver’s 2019 City Council Race: District 2

A primer on the issues and candidates in District 2, ahead of the 2019 municipal election. (You can vote by mail or in-person on May 7.)

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The Neighborhoods in District 2: The southwest corner of Denver, including Fort Logan, Bear Valley, Harvey Park, Harvey Park South, Mar Lee, and Marston

Who Lives There: With an average age of 39 and an average individual income of $57,187, the majority of residents (74 percent) are white, while only one in three identify as Hispanic. Most residents live in single-family homes.

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About the District: One of the city’s southernmost districts (and the closest to the foothills), District 2 is home to historic monuments including the Molly Brown Summer House, the Loretto Heights Campus, and Fort Logan National Cemetery. It’s also known for the midcentury architecture of its homes and the communities who want to see that culture preserved. But because the district is farther from Denver’s city center, it has been isolated from some of the rapid growth taking place downtown. When Councilman Kevin Flynn ran for office in 2015, he did so with a focus on economic development in order to ensure the district keeps pace with other parts of Denver.

You Might Remember When…In October 2018, a controversy emerged surrounding the redevelopment of the Loretto Heights campus, which is marked by a red 19th century building that formerly housed a Catholic elementary and secondary school. Community groups expressed concern about what the process would look like, and when it was revealed that Councilman Flynn had received campaign contributions from the developers who bought the property, the Loretto Heights Community Initiative demanded he return $4,000 to the company.

Who’s Running

Kevin Flynn, the current representative to District 2 and longtime journalist who spent nearly three decades at the Rocky Mountain News, is running unopposed. He spent most of his career as a city reporter, covering mayoral administrations and the inner workings of city government. After the Rocky closed its doors, he worked for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) as a communications project manager. Flynn was elected to his first term on City Council in 2015.

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