Candi CdeBaca

Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca



Candi is a proud fifth-generation native of northeast Denver, Colorado. She lives in the same home in the Swansea neighborhood that her great-grandmother lived in nearly 80 years ago. Raised by a single mother and grandparents, Candi understands the importance of tight-knit communities and stepping up for neighbors in need.

Candi is also the first LGBTQ Latina and first Democratic Socialist to serve on Denver City Council. She has proven that candidates whose “radical” politics are rooted in their lived experience can still fight for and win a seat at the table, even when a corrupt political system stacks the odds against them.

As a member of City Council, Candi successfully led the charge to force the city of Denver to divest from halfway houses run by private prison companies that terrorize and brutalize immigrants across the country. She co-sponsored the Eviction Defense Right to Counsel ordinance, which provides a free lawyer for income-qualified tenants facing eviction proceedings. And she co-sponsored Charter Amendment 2E, which brings more balance between the branches of Denver's government when it comes to mayoral appointments.

Additionally, in 2020, Candi began convening a Food Desert Solutions stakeholder group that has since developed into the East Denver Food Sovereignty Initiative, whose mission is to increase healthy food access, uplift micro-entreprises, increase workers' rights, support workforce development, build community health and wealth, and enhance resident participation. EDSFI is currently launching the first community-owned co-op grocery store within District 9. 

Candi has continued to be a fierce advocate against the criminalization of poverty, environmental racism, and the displacement of Denver’s Black and Brown communities. Looking forward, she will continue to fight for community every day, and infuse city government with  policy expertise, a lens for justice, and ancestral wisdom.

District 9 Neighborhoods include: 
Auraria, Central Business District, City Park, City Park West, Clayton, Cole, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Whittier, Skyland, and Union Station

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