Amanda Sandoval joins District 1 City Council race after her former boss, Councilman Rafael Espinoza, drops out

The northwest Denver seat has five suitors.

Denver City Council District 1 candidate Amanda Sandoval. (Courtesy Amanda Sandoval)

Denver City Council District 1 candidate Amanda Sandoval. (Courtesy Amanda Sandoval)

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The race to represent northwest Denver on the Denver City Council got a little less crowded when would-be incumbent Rafael Espinoza dropped out a little over a week ago. It got crowded again Thursday when Amanda Sandoval, his former staffer, joined the fray.

“Today, I officially filed to run for Denver City Council, District 1,” Sandoval tweeted. “My family and I want to thank you for all the support in making this decision. We are truly blessed to be a part of the NW Denver community.”

Sandoval, who is a program manager with the Denver Fire Department, could not speak to Denverite because she is sick, the candidate said via text message.

In an interview earlier this month, Councilman Espinoza expressed hope that Sandoval would run for his seat. Representing the District 1 is a desire “she’s never hidden,” he said.

“She loves this district,” Espinoza said. “She’s been learning a lot about the job. There’s a passion there, it’s just a matter of whether it makes sense for her.”

Sandoval joins a five-legged race alongside social worker Victoria Aguilar, educator Raven Porteus, political veteran David Sabados and Denver Fire Department Lieutenant Michael Somma.

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