Kayvan Khalatbari announcement -- Ended race for Denver's Mayor

October 03, 2018

Sadly Kayvan Khalatbari announcement ending his candidacy as Denver's next Mayor. We wish the best for him and his family as he continues to stand along side other Denver citizens advocating!


Letter from Kayvan

This morning I issued the following statement regarding my campaign:

"It is with tremendous sadness that I am ending my campaign for Mayor of Denver, effective today. For the past 18 months, I have poured everything of myself into this campaign, as have countless supporters, all of us in the pursuit of a fair and equitable Denver. However, for personal reasons, I must remove myself from this process to focus on my family and my personal health and wellness. I can not thank enough all the people who have been participants in building this movement, including those who have helped educate and inform me on Denver’s vast and vibrant communities and the many pressing issues we are facing.

I know we created a spark and motivated others to get involved in this crucial time for our city. It is my hope that current elected officials, candidates and the residents of Denver will continue to listen to each other, to find common ground, and to work together, because we can’t resolve these issues divided. Denver has an exciting opportunity to engage in some very important conversations leading up to next May’s election. Even though I will not be continuing in my role as a candidate, I look forward to being a part of this dialogue, fighting beside you for the Denver that we love."

To those who made financial contributions to this campaign: I can’t tell you how much your support means to me and how much I appreciate you investing in this campaign. I want to make this right, which is why I am offering to return your contributions upon request. If you would like to take us up on this offer, please reply to this email with the best address to mail you a check.

After we take care of campaign obligations, I have decided to reinvest all funds left over from the campaign to three Denver initiatives that I care deeply about so we can try and pass those ballot efforts this November and next May. If you choose to let us keep the funds you have contributed, we will split the remaining campaign balance amongst the following initiatives:

  • Caring 4 Denver would raise $45 million per year through a sales tax increase to fund mental health, harm reduction and addiction services for children and adults.
  • Democracy for the People would reform and modernize campaign finance laws by lowering contribution limits, prohibiting corporate contributions, increasing transparency and instituting a small dollar public fund matching program to ensure all Denverites has a voice in local elections.
  • Right to Survive would effectively decriminalize homelessness in Denver and ensure all those living on our streets are treated with dignity until they get back on their feet.

Please let us know by the end of the day Sunday, October 7th if you would like us to refund your contributions to date or a portion of them. If we do not hear from you by this time, all remaining campaign funds will be split evenly amongst the campaigns listed above.

To those who have given their time and energy to this campaign: Your time and efforts are just as valuable as dollars and your support made this campaign the success it was. Thank you for investing in yourself in this movement.

There is so much work left to do. While I won't be a candidate - I'll be working with you to support initiative and candidate campaigns. The three initiative campaigns I mentioned above can use your help as well as municipal candidates running for city council in Denver. Please look into who is running in your area. You can see a full list of everyone who has filed to run in Denver HERE.

As a final note: Thank you for respecting my decision and giving me time to shift gears and focus on family and health. Any formal inquiries should be directed to Jessica Campbell-Swanson, my campaign manager, at jessica@kayvanfordenver.com .

Thank you,

Kayvan Khalatbari


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