District 4 City Council race: Who’s running and what you need to know

It’s a rare head to head race without incumbents.
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Sunrise over southeast Denver, seen from atop Ruby Hill. Feb. 3, 2021.
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District 4 represents Southeast Denver, including Kennedy, Hampden, Hampden South, Southmoor Park, Goldsmith, University Hills and Wellshire. It's the only council district that stayed exactly the same after last year's redistricting, if you wanted a bit of Denver trivia.

City Council District 4.
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Who's Running?

With Councilmember Kendra Black choosing not to run for reelection, the campaign for District 4 is a rare head-to-head race without an incumbent. Here's who's running, in the order you'll see them on the ballot:

Tony Pigford

Tony Pigford grew up in Southeast Denver. He got his start in business startups before working at Denver Public Schools and founding a short-lived all boy's charter school. He's worked on three successful ballot measures, creating the Fair Elections Fund, requiring voter approval to host the Olympics and requiring voter approval to lift conservation easements (like Park Hill Golf Course). Pigford unsuccessfully ran at-large in 2019. This time around, he's focusing on growing mixed-income housing and transportation access around the "15-minute neighborhood concept," where everyone can quickly access amenities in their community within a matter of minutes.

"I come from a long line of educators, entrepreneurs and social justice champions," Pigford said. "I'm a product of Southeast Denver, a very proud product of Southeast Denver."

Diana Romero Campbell

Diana Romero Campbell also grew up in Southeast Denver, and has spent her career in the nonprofit world, most recently running Scholars United, which works on youth literacy. With Black not seeking another term, Campbell wants to focus on continuing projects in the works in the district, such as the building of a skatepark. She also has visions to bring another rec center and additional housing around rail lines.

"Everybody gets caught up in Denver and downtown, and these are important things that need to be addressed," Romero Campbell said. "Southeast Denver, we often get overlooked and forgotten."

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What's going on in the district?

In most recent news, the Carvana machine in Goldsmith near Evans and Interstate 25 finally opened in February, after sitting empty for months. You can now get your car from a vending machine.

Both Pigford and Romero Campbell expressed concerns about Denver Deserves Sidewalks, the ballot initiative voters passed last fall that will raise fees on homeowners for the city to build and repair sidewalks. The fee rate depends on how much a given property faces a street, which could lead to higher costs in more suburban-like Southeast Denver.

There's also been a range of planned developments in the district, plus a permanent skate park in the works, proposed by seventh graders.

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