Press Release

The Collective PAC Endorses State Representative Leslie Herod For Mayor in Denver, Colorado

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, The Collective PAC  — the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation, and power across all levels of government — endorsed State Representative Leslie Herod for mayor in  Denver, Colorado. 

State Representative Leslie Herod is running for mayor of Denver, Colorado. Seven years ago, she made history by becoming the first LGBTQ+ Black woman elected to the Colorado state legislature. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado, and while in college, she co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s leading organization specializing in youth civic engagement. Since 2016, State Rep. Herod has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to pass over 150 bills and has passionately advocated for mental health initiatives, such as an alternative policing program that deploys trained mental health professionals and paramedics for 911 calls that have mental health crises and substance misuse involvement. Currently, State Rep. Herod serves as Chair of the Appropriations Committee and successfully delivered a $36 billion balanced budget for the state of Colorado.

Founders of The Collective PAC, Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement:

“The Collective PAC is excited to endorse State Representative Leslie Herod in her bid to become the first Black woman mayor of Denver, Colorado. Her devotion to public service and expertise in cultivating ideas, as she serves in the state legislature, has led to tackling issues that plague many communities throughout Colorado. Now she is ready to bring the same results to the City of Denver, as she remains devoted to putting people before politics. If elected, State Rep. Herod will advocate for every voice in the city to be heard and push for legislation that will propel Denver into a safer, healthier, more inclusive,  and more prosperous city. The Collective PAC is proud to support Leslie Herod in becoming Denver’s first Black woman mayor.” 



The Collective PAC is working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. The Collective PAC is strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state, and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward. Over the past five years, The Collective PAC has successfully helped 424 Black candidates win elections across the United States.