Councilman Espinoza wants to rebuild how Denver builds
Author: Ramsey Scott - July 27, 2016 - Updated: July 27, 2016
Councilman Rafael Espinoza won his spot as District 1’s representative during the 2015 election, running as a foil to the expansion and controversial growth in the area. That message enabled him to ride a wave of disenchantment with the area’s incumbent councilwoman. Espinoza's victory over Susan Shepherd was a rarity in Denver politics: a sitting council member losing to a challenger. The last time it had happened was in 1987. What’s even more strange about the win is Espinoza said he had no real political aspirations before he threw his hat in the ring in 2014.