2017 Council Candidate - Ward 1

  Tracy L. Crespin

    Occupation: Homemaker

    Previous Elected Offices: 0

    Other Leadership Positions and Community Involvement: I spent many years volunteering in programs in Denver
     and Mexico.  As a sign language teacher for the deaf in Cuernavaca, I fell in love with working with children.  After graduating
     from Metro State University in Denver, I worked with minority parents at Padres y Jovenes Unidos, teaching parents to advocate for their children to receive equal education in the Denver Public Schools.  I have volunteered at NEWSED since I was a very young kid, a Non-Profit that has bettered the community and revitalized the Art District on Santa Fe Dr.  I believe in after school programs for children and young adults, as well as bringing non-profits and revitalization into Ward I in specific and Thornton in general.

Why are you the most qualified person for this office?

They say home is where the heart is. My heart is here in Thornton. I was raised here and graduated from Thornton High School. I am now raising my own family here. My life's work is in serving my community, in uniting people, and growing us into a city we can be proud of.

What is the most important issue facing Thornton and how would you propose addressing it?

Thornton has always been a suburb of Denver, with all the issues that can entail.  However, I foresee Thornton growing into a Big City, and our population growth will be a major issue.  With the population growth, more programs are needed that serve our community.  Our community needs access to local programs such as after school programs that are low cost or free for working classes families. I plan on working with our City Council on infrastructure issues and using the opportunity that Light Rail provides to revitalize Old Thornton.

What do you think the city does well and where do you see room for improvement?

I think the City does a great job on keeping our community safe and clean. Our City Council members try very hard to listen and address citizens concerns.  The number one complaint I receive from my community is speeding, schools, and the long term direction of our City.  

What is your favorite thing about living in Thornton?

My favorite thing about Thornton is the history and how many people have called Thornton their home since the 50’s.  I love how we are as a community and how we take care of each other. My neighbors are more than just friends they are a part of my family.