Contact: Amanda Sawyer
SAWYER GAINS ENDORSEMENT FROM REPLIN
Second Candidate in 30 years to Garner More Votes Than Incumbent
Denver, CO – MONDAY, MAY 13– Amanda Sawyer, an active mother of three, small business strategist, and neighborhood activist in East Denver, garnered 40.69% of the vote in a four-way race against an unpopular incumbent in last week’s election for Denver City Council District 5. In recent Denver history, the only other council race where an incumbent lost was in 2015, when Rafael Espinoza defeated Susan Shepherd with 68% of the vote.
Steve Replin, who also ran for Denver City Council District 5 this spring, has officially thrown his support behind Amanda. “More than 64% of voters did not cast a vote for the incumbent, who has been in office for eight years. She has accepted over $64,000 from big developers and lobbyists, and the election results show that the residents of East Denver are tired of insiders calling the shots,” Replin said.
Amanda, a Democrat, has obtained endorsements from neighborhood leaders across the district, as well as the Southwest Regional Carpenters, the Amalgamated Transit Union, the Colorado BlueFlower Fund, and Run for Something, an organization that trains and supports young Democrats on how to run for office. Sawyer is also an Emerge America boot camp alum and received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood.
“I’m not a politician,” Amanda said. “I never planned to run for office. But I’m doing it because it’s too important not to. We need a city that works for everyone, not just big developers and well-connected politicians.”
Replin agrees. “The vast majority of neighbors opposed the Green Flats Project on Holly and Cedar. Yet the incumbent voted for it. Susman showed she isn’t representing the voices of the people who live in our neighborhoods anymore.” While Amanda recognized the project had value for the community, she stood with the neighbors in opposition because of the traffic and safety issues that would had been created.
Voters viewed the 2019 Municipal Election as a referendum on Denver’s explosive growth, and the June run-off will pose the same questions. According to data from the Denver Elections Campaign Finance website, incumbent politician Mary Beth Susman has accepted over $64,000 in contributions from big developers. That amount of money would pay tuition for two students to go through Metro State University and graduate in four years. Amanda Sawyer’s campaign has pledged not to take contributions from big developers.