Housing attorney Javier Mabrey announces run for state House

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    The Colorado Capitol seen from the east on the morning of April 12, 2021. (Quentin Young/Colorado Newsline)

    Javier Mabrey, a housing attorney who assumed a prominent advocacy role as part of his work with the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, announced the launch of his campaign Tuesday to run for the Colorado House in the 1st District.

    The district, which straddles U.S. 285 in southwest Denver, is currently represented by Democrat Susan Lontine, who is term-limited after 2022.

    Javier Mabrey (Courtesy photo)

    Mabrey, who identifies himself as a liberal Democrat, is running on a platform of affordable housing, a living wage, and racial justice. He also emphasizes tenants’ rights, quality and affordable health care, immigration reform and climate action. He was a co-founder of Denver-based COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, which was cited in national news outlets as evictions became an urgent topic during pandemic-related economic turmoil.

    “Too many Coloradans struggle to get by,” Mabrey said in a statement. “Colorado families deserve better — they deserve someone who will fight for them. Everyone should have access to good paying jobs, affordable housing and healthcare. That’s why I am running for Colorado State House.” 

    Mabrey has pointed to his own biography as a driver of his political endeavors — he says he was raised by a single mother whose income was limited to her disability check, and his family at one point experienced homelessness after getting evicted. He eventually earned his GED and graduated from Berkeley Law School.

    He touts support or endorsements from several prominent Colorado political figures, including former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, Denver Council member Candi CdeBaca, state Sen. Julie Gonzales, and state Reps. Tom Sullivan, Dylan Roberts, Edie Hooton, Lindsey Daugherty and Yadira Caraveo.

    Mabrey has published guest commentaries in Newsline.