"We can do better for all of our citizens, for the rich and poor, for all. Working with leaders within this City to truly make Aurora a City for All"
- Tiffany Grays
Together We Can
Who is Tiffany Grays?
I'm an Aurora, Colorado Native, an African-American single mother of two daughters, who graduated college with honors, with a bachelor’s degree in Information Security Systems. As such, I have experienced oppression at every turn, I was denied advancement in my career, denied the ability to participate in my children’s education and witnessed many other citizens in Aurora have their Rights denied. I was unaware as to the depth of the oppression in Colorado, until the past couple of years. Between March and July 2018, multiple people attacked me, pushing me to stand up and speak out; pushing me to where I am today.
Why are you running for Mayor?
Between March and July 2018, multiple outside forces attacked me, pushing me to fight back; pushing me to where I am today. After seeking assistance from many organizations and people in positions of power and trust, and receiving no assistance, I realized we need people who are willing to stand and advocate for everyday people in the City. Now I am actively speaking out against the unconstitutional deprivation of Rights, I like so many other Aurorans have faced. I can no longer remain silent or sleep. I want to change Aurora for the better, for all.
What are your Values?
Some of my values include: Sustainable Economic Development, Equity and Equality for All, and Ensuring Health and Welfare for our Children.
What are the Issues facing the citizens of Aurora and what are your plans to fix those issues?
Sustainable Economic Development includes financial Independence for all Aurora Citizens; development which centralizes Aurora, is inclusive of all citizens, and does not segment the City; creating programs which encourage our children to go into public service positions, and capitalizes upon voter approved measures.
Aurora has experienced tremendous growth, yet many areas and any citizens have not been able to grow with the city, as myself. Many have been pushed out due to expensive rents, development of communities in which the rent is 4 times the median income in Aurora; pushing more and more of us out. Our children are being taught to be the workforce of the future, continuing the cycle of our financial dependence upon the people in positions of power. All the while the city is failing to capitalize on the marijuana industry, which as of this year is over 1 billion dollars. By capitalizing upon the industry, we can fund programs to subsidize more housing for our struggling citizens, sustaining our communities; establish programs which foster children in our community into careers in public service within our community, and increase wages of those public service workers.
Aurora has many good things to offer its citizens and the community at-large, but has not fully recognized we are no longer the little city we used to be. We need to advance our social options for our children and to all our citizens and visitors. Aurora is missing a central place, Aurora needs a downtown. Downtown is where you can have fun, where you can handle all your business, where you can have fun after work, where you can get help. Downtown Aurora is where it’s people make good money to live comfortably and financially independent. Downtown will offer programs to the children in its community to fill public service positions where representation is low. By encouraging sustainable growth in established areas, creating a downtown that can meet present needs of all residents without compromising the ability for our children to meet their own needs in the future.isting communities, economically grow the city, and provide a centralized location all citizens can enjoy; helping to increase revenue for existing businesses.
Equity and Equality for All
The City attempts to ensure the fair and equal treatment of its citizens by its employees, and to help children with whom it may come into contact, yet there are many citizens or visitors whom have not received fair and equal treatment, whom have not been protected or helped. There are many children suffering through a broken City system. This system which is failing not only the child involved, but the Aurora community at-large, as we are all impacted by crimes. This same system which denies representation guaranteed by the United States Constitution to people everyday. We need a system which helps our children and families. It is the responsibility of the City Council and the Mayor to ensure the safe and fair treatment of its citizens, both young and old. We can do better for all of our citizens, for the rich and poor, for all; as Mayor I would stand with our residents to ensure fairness and equality; working with leaders and everyday people within this City, to truly make Aurora a City for All.
As Mayor, I would implement programs to increase minorities within the public service sector, as mentioned above. This will also decrease negative interactions between public service workers and the public, as these workers would have come from the metro area; increasing the equity and equality in the treatment of our residents. Increasing the pay for these positions will increase the retention rate, which will increase the equitable treatment of residents as these workers will be known in the community; invested in the community, increasing resident satisfaction.
Ensuring Health and Welfare for our Children
Our children live in a world of uncertainty, in times of mass shootings, drug overdose epidemics, and new unknown diseases caused by vaping. It is imperative our children have someone looking out for their best interests. Our children need more social options which are not an app on their cell phones. Creating a downtown, offering entertainment options, learning options, and social options in a centralized locations, will establish a community which will inspire our children to greatness. A downtown which offers services to our children in need, helps the whole child.
A downtown funded through marijuana and hemp revenues, investors who align with our community values, and businesses who will pay and treat our residents appropriately; all encourage our children to be great. These funds would also be used to identify opportunities to improve the safety of our children while in our schools, including but not limited to, preventing mass shootings, reducing the school to prison pipeline, and training for public service workers. Our children are our future and must be prioritized.
- Tiffany Grays