Candi is a fifth-generation native of northeast Denver, Colorado. Raised by a single mother and grandparents on public assistance, Candi understands the importance of tight-knit communities and stepping up for neighbors in need. Moving her family and community forward meant going to work at ten years old and focusing on academics. Candi was the first and youngest dual-degree graduate from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She is accomplished in policy development, federal policy compliance, organizational development, investigation, monitoring, training, motivating and leading diverse groups of people to share a mutual vision and achieve common goals. She is the Executive Director of Project VOYCE, a youth development and civic engagement organization Candi co-founded at 18 years old. Candi is a fearless leader, prominent voice, and community champion in Denver on social justice issues spanning the range of nonprofit, k-12 education, higher education, housing, transportation, campaign finance reform, community wealth building, and environment. If elected, Candi would be Denver’s first LGBTQ Latina to ever represent Denver on council.