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April 2011

Mar 12, 2016



Who Will Lead Denver into the Future?; Political Visionary Elvin Caldwell, Sr.; Remembering Councilwoman Carla Madison; The Power of Public, Private Partnerships; Webb Endorses Hancock for Mayor; Sisters in the House; Nate Easley Recall Petition and more

  • Happenings in and around Historic 5 PointsApril 2011







    2WHo Will leAd denver into tHe future?

    5 POINTS NEWS recently covered the Colorado Black Roundtable mayoral candidates forum held at New Hope Baptist Church. Six of the ten candidates vying to become the next mayor of Denver presented compelling personal sto-ries, past acheivements and their plans to close the citys one $100 million dollar deficit.

    As the May 3 all-mail election fast approaches, candidates Michael B. Hancock, Doug Linkhart, Chris Romer, James Mejia, Jeff Peckman, Theresa Spahn, Danny F. Lopez and Kenneth R. Simpson are making the final push to capture vot-ers in an off-year spring election.

    Recent poll show the top three front-runners are Hancock, Romer, Mejia, with Romer edging opponents by 22 percent, with 40 percent of voters remaining undecided, making the race for mayor wide open. With the exception of at-large city council, in which the top two are elected, a runoff is held in all races with three or more candidates in which the top vote-getter fails to get more than 50 percent plus 1 vote.

    There are many opportunities to learn more about these candidates what they have in common and what sets them apart. 5 POINTS NEWS encourages you to visit the candidates websites, attend forums, and even contact their campaign offices. Whomever you choose, here are some important dates: April 15: Ballots mailed to voters; May 3: Election Day; May 20: Ballots mailed for runoff, June 7 (unofficial date) Runoff election if necessary.

    Political visionary elvin Caldwell, Sr.Five Points native Elvin Caldwell, Sr. was born April 11, 1919. He served three terms in the Colorado

    House of Representatives. In 1955, he was elected to the Denver City Council, served seven terms (twenty eight years), and is noted as the first African American to serve on a city council west of the Mississippi River. This political visionary played a key role in passing bond proposals that provided funding for the downtown Skyline Urban Renewal Project and the Denver General Hospital facility.

    He fought for an end to discrimination against minoritites at the Colorado State Home for Dependent Children, Clayton College, Park Hill Golf Course, the Denver Fire Department and the Denver Police Department.

    Caldwell helped establish the Eastside Neighborhood Health Center and Five Points Community Cen-ter. He served on many boards including the Urban League and Five Points Business Association. He was one of the founders of the Equity Savings and Loan Association, the International Opportunity Life Insur-ance Company and the Black Municipal League. Caldwell passed April 30, 2004 at the age of 85.

  • 2 8 5 Points news

    Nita Henry is the Communitys CandidateReturn your mail-in your ballot today!

    Paid for by Write In Nita Henry for District 8 | 303.900.7077

    Moving forwardwith community for communityThe Big names dont believe Nita Henry will become the next District 8 City Councilwoman. The Big names chose Goliath over David. The Big names chose Sonny Liston over Muhammad Ali. The Big names were wrong!

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    5 Points news Monthly Publication - April 2011

    Publisherbrother jeff

    editorlisa lawrence

    layout & designCynthia r. Martin

    PhotograPhylens of Ansarbrother jeff

    Writersterrance Big t Hughes

    Kenneth drewlakisha rankin

    Brooklyn dorseybrother jeff

    Cynthia Martintowanna Henderson

    5 Points news is a publication of brother jeffs Cultural Center.

    2836 Welton Streetdenver, Co 80205

    the Power of Public, Private Partnerships

    5 POINTS NEWS along with the City of Denver are saddened by the loss of Council-woman Carla Madison. Carla was a gentle, kind and spirited public servant. She provided great constituent service to her district and the city. Always available to help solve prob-lems, navigate bureaucracy and build bridges, her commitment to community was demon-strated daily. Carlas leadership, courage, tenacity and artistic flair will be greatly missed.

    Roughly 21 candidates are seeking to fill the vacant District 8 City Council seat. In my opinion the best candidate is Nita Henry. I support Nita 100 percent. She is the com-munitys candidate. As Denver decides who will be the new mayor, clerk and recorder, auditor, council members and more, it is clear we need to make sure these new leaders do not forget or overlook Historic Five Points. You should have your mail-in ballot now. Fill it out and mail it in. Let your voice be heard!

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    William Henry McNichols Jr. , Bertram A. Bruton, Leonard Chadwick, George L. Brown, Elvin Caldwell, Sr.

    Community supporters standing with District 8 write in candidate Nita Henry

    The Founding Principal of Bertram A. Bruton and Associates, Architects, estab-lished in 1961, Mr. Bruton has over 52 years of experience in Design and Management on a variety of project types in both the public and private sectors. Brutons relationship with Elavin Caldwell, Sr. exemplifies the power of public private partnerships. I knew Elvin real well, we worked together on a lot of things I got involved in when he was on City Council. He was an outstanding council person and a lot of things that happened, happened because of him. A lot of people had success in what they were doing because of his abilities, says Bruton. Caldwell, Sr. was instumental in many community proj-ects. Most notably, The Five Points Community Center, where a concrete statue stands in honor of his involvement. The center was one the first federally funded projects in the country.

    Denver City Council lost one of their most vibrant members as District 8 Councilwoman Carla Madison lost her battle with cancer late Tuesday. Madison was elected in June 2007 and known for her bold style and outlook on life. She was passionate about neighborhoods and strengthening the community spirit of her East-Denver district. An ardent environmentalist, Carla was often seen riding around town on her cruiser bike or jetting to Council meetings on her or-ange scooter, sporting a colorful hat and a warm smile.

    In her work as a Councilwoman, she carried on the District 8 community traditions of the Hiawatha Davis Senior Luncheon and the King Trimble Tea. She started her own tradition, hosting an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social in City

    A CelebrAtion in MeMory of CounCilwoMAn CArlA MAdisonPark each summer, complete with historic costumes and activities. Adoption of the Citys new zoning code in 2010 was due in large part to her efforts to shepherd the massive overhaul through the political process, while being attuned to the needs of Denvers business and neighborhood organizations.

    Madison, a physical therapist prior to becoming an elected official, was a gradu-ate of Marycrest High School, obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in cartography, and a Masters of Physical Therapy from Boston Univer-sity. Madison is survived by her husband Paul Weiss. The couple was well-known for their creative holiday greeting cards and love of their dogs.

    In celebration of the life and ac-complishments of Councilwoman Carla Madison a special gathering will be held on April 23 by her husband, Paul Weiss, starting at 4 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Those who would like to ride their bicycles to the museum are invited to meet at Carla and Pauls home at 2025 York St. Saturday at 3 p.m. En lieu of flowers her family asks that a gift be made in Carlas name to District 8 Senior Events (2713 Welton St., Denver, CO 80205) so the free Ice Cream Social Festival she organized and loved can con-tinue in her memory.

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  • 4 8 5 Points news

    Webb Endorses Hancock for Mayor

    It was a moment two decades in the making.

    Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb knew from the first moment he met bright-eyed, yet serious young Michael Hancock during an event at Manuel High School in the late 1980s that he would emerge as political force in his own right.

    More than 20 years later on a fate-ful March day, Wellington Webb and his wife, former state Rep. Wilma Webb, en-dorsed Hancock for Mayor in the May 3 municipal election, effectively passing the leadership torch to Hancock who once announced at the tender age of 14 that he wanted to be mayor of Denver.

    Over the years, Webb has watched Hancock grow from a student leader at Manuel High School to a City Council-member, emerging as a strong leader

    one who Webb believes is ready to propel Denver forward and fill his large shoes as Denvers first African-American mayor.

    These are tough economic times that will require difficult decisions and hard choices, Webb said. Moving Den-ver forward together will require a strong leader with a clear vision. Michael is a natural leader who will unite Denver and make our great city even greater. He will bring people together, inspiring us to en-vision a better future and giving every Denver resident a reason to fight for our city.

    Landing Webbs coveted endorse-ment was no easy feat. Webb says his de-cision to endorse Hancock was not made lightly because of his close personal and working relationships with many of the 10 candidates vying for mayor.

    Webbs legacy lives on in the next generation of leadership

    When Webb backs a candidate, he brings his full political clout and winning spirit to the fray. Webb emerged as a na-tional political powerhouse following his histori