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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

By Michael Neil

The results of this past Tuesday’s municipal election in Denver were, I think, a grave sadness to most of us believe in.  In many ways, fear and the status quo defeated human rights, money defeated compassion about poverty, and misinformation triumphed overall. But, even with all of that said, many races are going to runoffs, and many of those races pit candidates of the status quo against people who believe in human rights, in greater accessibility in our city, in criminal justice reform, and so many more issues that I believe are our issues nearly as much as Medicaid, LTSS, and CDASS are.  So, as the great folk song and spiritual says:

Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Freedom’s name is mighty sweet
And soon we’re gonna meet
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

We are not done. For those of us who live in northwestern Denver, north-central Denver, including downtown, Five Points, Elyria-Swansea, and beyond, a stretch of central Denver from eastern Capitol Hill to north Cherry Creek, and even in east-central Denver, we are not done and we must keep our eyes on the prize with these runoff elections. I know we want to slow down after the legislative session and the first round of balloting in the municipal election, whether in weariness or frustration, or both.  But we can’t do that just yet. Our city deserves better and our community does too.

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