• Xochitl "Sochi" Gaytan

  • Small business owner Xochitl ‘Sochi’ Gaytan has been a Southwest Denver resident since childhood, and her two sons are current and former DPS students. She was a president of the Harvey Park Community Organization, and is a current co-chair of the Colorado Latina Forum. Sochi was born in Mexico, and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, but growing up she changed public schools seven times as her parents relocated in search of more affordable housing. This experience has framed Sochi’s priorities as a DPS board candidate, and she is particularly focused on better supporting the Black, Hispanic, Latino, Mexicano, and Chicano families who are underserved in the district. Sochi aims to focus on re-allocating funding to classrooms, smaller class sizes, more access to arts, music and sports programs; supporting students who are learning English as a second language; and improving accountability and transparency.

    Small business owner Xochitl ‘Sochi’ Gaytan has been a Southwest Denver resident since childhood, and her two sons are current and former DPS students. She was a president of the Harvey Park Community Organization, and is a current co-chair of the Colorado Latina Forum. Sochi was born in Mexico, and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, but growing up she changed public schools seven times as her parents relocated in search of more affordable housing. This experience has framed Sochi’s priorities as a DPS board candidate, and she is particularly focused on better supporting the Black, Hispanic, Latino, Mexicano, and Chicano families who are underserved in the district. Sochi aims to focus on re-allocating funding to classrooms, smaller class sizes, more access to arts, music and sports programs; supporting students who are learning English as a second language; and improving accountability and transparency.

    Xochitl "Sochi" Gaytan

    Small business owner Xochitl ‘Sochi’ Gaytan has been a Southwest Denver resident since childhood, and her two sons are current and former DPS students. She was a president of the Harvey Park Community Organization, and is a current co-chair of the Colorado Latina Forum. Sochi was born in Mexico, and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, but growing up she changed public schools seven times as her parents relocated in search of more affordable housing. This experience has framed Sochi’s priorities as a DPS board candidate, and she is particularly focused on better supporting the Black, Hispanic, Latino, Mexicano, and Chicano families who are underserved in the district. Sochi aims to focus on re-allocating funding to classrooms, smaller class sizes, more access to arts, music and sports programs; supporting students who are learning English as a second language; and improving accountability and transparency.

  • VOTO NO

    We recommend voting NO.

  • The Legislative Authority for Spending State Money would mandate that all state spending from “outside funds” — such as federal money or private donations — would need to be determined and approved by the Colorado Legislature. At a time when Colorado is still rebounding from several disasters, this amendment would effectively paralyze our state in times of future emergencies, when our government needs more flexibility and responsiveness, not less. It also risks over-politicization of ongoing state activities and reduces the influence of technical experts. When our budgeting system fails to produce evidence-based, timely solutions, the most marginalized Coloradans suffer and we miss opportunities to make critical long-term investments in public infrastructure. We must find more nuanced solutions that promote both transparency and effective budgeting.

    The Legislative Authority for Spending State Money would mandate that all state spending from “outside funds” — such as federal money or private donations — would need to be determined and approved by the Colorado Legislature. At a time when Colorado is still rebounding from several disasters, this amendment would effectively paralyze our state in times of future emergencies, when our government needs more flexibility and responsiveness, not less. It also risks over-politicization of ongoing state activities and reduces the influence of technical experts. When our budgeting system fails to produce evidence-based, timely solutions, the most marginalized Coloradans suffer and we miss opportunities to make critical long-term investments in public infrastructure. We must find more nuanced solutions that promote both transparency and effective budgeting.

  • No Position

    We are neutral on Proposition 119.

  • The Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program would raise sales tax on marijuana purchases from 15% to 20% over three years to fund out-of-school educational programs for children ages 5-17, with a priority for providing programs for low-income households. It is estimated that this would raise an estimated $137 million per year. Though the outcome of this taxation is of course laudable, continuing to fund needed education and enrichment programs through “sin taxes,” is an unsustainable model and circumvents the necessary major systemic funding issues we need to address as a state.

    The Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program would raise sales tax on marijuana purchases from 15% to 20% over three years to fund out-of-school educational programs for children ages 5-17, with a priority for providing programs for low-income households. It is estimated that this would raise an estimated $137 million per year. Though the outcome of this taxation is of course laudable, continuing to fund needed education and enrichment programs through “sin taxes,” is an unsustainable model and circumvents the necessary major systemic funding issues we need to address as a state.

  • Apoyadas Por: The Bell Policy Center
  • VOTO NO

    We recommend voting NO.

  • The Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction Proposition would: lower the property tax assessment rate for non-residential property from 29% to 26.4%, and lower the property tax assessment rate for residential property from 7.1% to 6.5%.


    This reduction would cut needed public funding -- an estimated $45 million in its first year -- for local government services that all Coloradans rely on, such as schools, fire departments, and police departments. In sum, this proposition would have the effect of primarily benefitting wealthy property owners while robbing funding from crucial public investments like education and infrastructure. When public programs such as these are continually underfunded, the most marginalized in our communities are consistently disproportionally harmed.

    The Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction Proposition would: lower the property tax assessment rate for non-residential property from 29% to 26.4%, and lower the property tax assessment rate for residential property from 7.1% to 6.5%.


    This reduction would cut needed public funding -- an estimated $45 million in its first year -- for local government services that all Coloradans rely on, such as schools, fire departments, and police departments. In sum, this proposition would have the effect of primarily benefitting wealthy property owners while robbing funding from crucial public investments like education and infrastructure. When public programs such as these are continually underfunded, the most marginalized in our communities are consistently disproportionally harmed.

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