Having broken barriers by becoming the first LGBTQ+ Black woman elected to the Colorado legislature, Leslie set out with one goal in mind: Bringing people together to get real results that improve the lives of people in the community.
Working with both community members and law enforcement, Leslie championed a successful alternative policing program that deploys trained mental health workers and paramedics to respond to 911 calls involving mental health crises and substance misuse. The program continues today and is strongly supported by the Denver community.
After bringing mental health professionals and city officials to the table, Leslie developed and successfully championed the Caring for Denver ballot initiative, which has raised $83 million for organizations for mental health and substance misuse treatment in Denver. A national model, these funds are now reaching over 188 organizations across Denver and are getting people the help they desperately need.
Leslie currently serves as the Chair of the Appropriations Committee and on the powerful Joint Budget Committee where she has delivered a $36B balanced budget for Colorado. Having worked with Democrats and Republicans alike, Leslie passed over 150 pieces of legislation in her tenure directly delivering results to Colorado.
Now Leslie is ready to bring that same approach of putting results over politics to the Denver Mayor’s office. As Mayor, she’ll focus on addressing the day-to-day issues impacting our lives: affordable housing, safer streets for our families, and addressing the homelessness crisis. As she has throughout her life, she will bring people together to get things done, meet the moment, and create real change for Denver.