Potrepreneur Scott Durrah joins a crowded race to rep northwest Denver on city council

He’s a Marine veteran and a chef, too.
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(Courtesy Scott Durrah)

Scott Durrah entered an increasingly competitive, now eight-legged race to replace City Councilman Rafael Espinoza in northwest Denver's District 1 on Tuesday.

Durrah, a Marine veteran, chef and marijuana dispensary owner, wants Denver to capitalize on Colorado's new marijuana-friendly governor by expanding the local cannabis industry and the tax base it provides. He would use that money to fund "attainable" housing, education and "community-driven development," he said in an interview.

A program that turns renters into homeowners is central to Durrah's platform.

"Do we have a path for renters to get into ownership?" he said. "Rent-to-own programs for long-term renters in something I want to see happen at the community level."

File that idea under his campaign theme of building bridges -- the metaphorical kind, not the structural kind.

Like pretty much every candidate, Durrah favors neighborhood development that gives neighbors more say. Asked about the people who don't want more development in a city with a housing shortage, Durrah said he would -- yes! -- build a bridge.

"A lot of people are feeling left out with all the new development," he said. "I want to bring community and developers together -- have better communication between the developer and the community."

The candidate said he would force builders to hold monthly meetings for neighbors to ward off "surprises" like closed sidewalks, he said.

If Durrah is elected, it would be the next step in a varied life, according to a press release from his campaign:

Durrah is one of eight candidates running in District 1. The others are Victoria Aguilar, Raven Porteous, David Sabados, Michael Somma, Amanda Sandoval, Sabrina D'Agosta and Prajwal Kulkarni.

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