Hi, I'm Steve Douglas
WHERE I COME FROM
I come from a background that lacks privilege; my parents divorced when I was 10 years old. My mom juggled a full-time job, a part-time job, and the responsibility of raising four kids on her own. Yet, I am who I am today due to the nurturing environment of a loving family.
WHERE I'M TODAY
I was born in Oklahoma and have lived in Colorado for over 61 years, as a former Council At-Large 2011-2019 for the city of Commerce City. I'm honored to be the newest United Power Board East District Director, and as such has also become the first African American to serve on the board bringing my own unique experience and perspective. Resident of Commerce City for nearly 20 years, married with five kids and five grandchildren. And Active 46 year Union UFCW Member, 46 years with King Soopers.
2011-2019 NLC Federal Advocacy Committee for Transportation and Infrastructure Services / Federal Advocacy for Energy, Environment, and Nature Resources Committee / Commerce City Legislative Committee / Northeast Transportation Connection / CML Policy Committee / Regional Air Quality Council / E-470 Board Member and Treasurer / Northeast Transportation Connection
Achievements & Accomplishments
Appointed by the Governor to the Regional Air Quality Council;
Initiated installation of charging stations at the Commerce City Bison Recreation Center; Involved in passing State Legislation through lobbying activity and testifying at hearings; Tower to Pena Ramp: pursued and obtained $1,000,000 in project gap finance; Initiated Commerce City Mow Down Lawn Mower program to electric mowers;Leadership awards received from LOGIC, King Soopers, & PVHS School of Business; Electric trucking industry advocate; Also the ability to assess political situations and develop appropriate electrification
Equality Meets Opportunity
I am deeply honored to serve as the future Mayor of Commerce City, and I want to express my gratitude to all of you who have supported me along this journey, whether through my work at King Soopers on 104th & Chamber or during my candidacy as the new United Power East District Director. Your ongoing support means the world to me.
Commerce City is not just a place on a map; it's a community that holds immense personal importance for me. My path in local politics has been marked by perseverance, from early defeats to successful terms on the Commerce City Council and a commendable second-place finish in the mayoral race in 2019.
I carry a profound responsibility for the future of our city, and I firmly believe that we need forward-thinking leadership that prioritizes our community's well-being over any other interests. We cannot afford to maintain the status quo or allow leaders who may prioritize the highest bidder over our city's welfare.
Even in the face of challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the complexities of development agreements, I have remained engaged, attending City Council meetings diligently. I commend the unity and dedication shown by our community during those trying times.
The issue of gentrification and the redevelopment of Mile High Greyhound Park is of great concern to me. We must support growth but do so mindfully, avoiding the risk of pricing our residents out of their homes. Equally important is ensuring equity in planning, especially concerning Urban Renewal Authority sites.
We also face roadblocks in the form of heavy industrial traffic and a lack of transparency in urban renewal authority plans for low-income housing ownership options. Growth is essential, but it must be balanced. Attracting primary employers is vital to secure our city's future as a model for others to emulate.
Our promise of a quality community for a lifetime can only be realized through collaborative effort. I am dedicated to leading that charge, working hand in hand with you all to make Commerce City the best it can be.
Thank you for your trust, and let's build a brighter future together.