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Will’s father was an immigrant, his mother a refugee. Both came to the U.S. with dreams of a better life – a life filled with opportunities, a life where hard work can be rewarded, a life where aspirations can be realized.

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ROOTED IN DENVER

When my parents came to the U.S. over 40 years ago, they went from nothing to building a rewarding life through hard work. Helping my parents navigate systems of business, education, and social capital, and seeing them go through the intricacies of the immigration experience taught me that none of us makes it on our own, that it takes a caring community to succeed. From the resource workers to the neighbors to the unbreakable bonds forged in resettlement camps, we have crossed paths with so many people and some are still part of our lives today. It is through this sense of community and a strong cultural identity in my Chinese-American background that I have understood that family is more than just blood – it is the people who care and support us, and who we care and support in return. 

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This core value of community paired with first-hand knowledge of what it is to live at the intersection of cultures has informed my education, my career, and my civic engagement. After graduating from George Washington High School and Colgate University for undergrad, one of my first jobs was organizing for the hotel workers in Puerto Rico. Here was where I saw the power in bargaining power, for community to come together to fight for their needs. It was frustrating to see employees fighting still in a modern era for equal pay, benefits, safety, and paid leave. 

When my father passed, I returned and worked at the Denver Public Library leading the New Americans Project, and with the City and County of Denver developing programs that support the economic mobility of our most vulnerable residents in the most marginalized neighborhoods have been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career. But throughout my career, there's still more to be done and more people still struggling in their everyday lives. It should not be so hard to live, work, and play in Denver. We can be better. But we are best when we come together. 

DENVER'S GROWTH

Denver is at a tipping point in terms of identity and growth. We have the potential to retain the small town charm, yet tackle big city problems in a way that can benefit all our residents equitably. We want our city to grow in such a way that people will stay and build something special for their families and communities, like my parents did. We need to meet our residents where they are; we need to get City Council out of the City and County Building and into neighborhoods. We need to do our best to understand our residents' most urgent needs, but also engage them in the task of helping us build efficient and sustainable services. 

I know how it feels to be invisible and unheard. I often hear stories of families struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof above their heads, the frustration of not being able to access public systems designed to support them. But I also know that when we come together, we can drive big change. I will never stop fighting to ensure that our systems work for all of us. I want to put my lived experiences, my skills, and my love for this city to work for my fellow Denverites. I want to continue to be your public servant. 

I know what is possible when we work and fight together for what we deserve. A Denver where we are all seen, heard, and treasured is a Denver that is for everyone. Together, we can march into Denver’s promise of a better future. Join me!