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Endorsements

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Our campaign wouldn't be possible without the support from these Denver community leaders:

Erik J Clarke
Community & Business Leader

We're excited to announce the endorsement of Erik J. Clarke, a symbol of the next wave of city leadership in Denver. Recognized for his thoughtfulness, compassion, and unwavering commitment to the community, Erik is not just a fierce advocate but also an avid Tattered Cover Book Store enthusiast. We're honored to have his backing in our Denver Public Schools campaign and proudly welcome him to our krew!

"I proudly Endorse Kwame Spearman for the Denver School Board. With a background in management consulting and managing the turnaround of Tatter Covered, he possesses the strategic acumen and leadership needed to improve our schools. Vote for Kwame Spearman to bring positive change to Denver's education system."

Erik J Clarke
Mental Health

""Kwame is the perfect mix of an insider and an outsider - which is exactly what we need right now. He's the son of a teacher and went to DPS. Yet, he's had a career outside of education - learning how to run businesses. He'll bring a unique ability to solve the numerous issues in front of us. I'm thrilled to support Kwame".

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Patricia Lepiani
President, The Idea Marketing

As the proud owner of Tattered Cover Book Store, it fills me with immense pride to receive the endorsement of fellow community business leaders in my run for Denver Public Schools Board. Today, we spotlight Patricia Lepiani, the dynamo behind The Idea Marketing Inc. – one of Colorado's leading marketing agencies. Patricia, a BIPOC, female entrepreneur, is shattering barriers both within our state and nationally. We're deeply honored to count her as a part of our krew.

Talented Educators

Coach Rudy Carey
East High School Men's Basketball Coach; Winningest Basketball Coach in Colorado State History

We're excited to announce the endorsement of Erik J. Clarke, a symbol of the next wave of city leadership in Denver. Recognized for his thoughtfulness, compassion, and unwavering commitment to the community, Erik is not just a fierce advocate but also an avid Tattered Cover Book Store enthusiast. We're honored to have his backing in our Denver Public Schools campaign and proudly welcome him to our krew!

"I've coached a lot of great players and teams during my career". Winning is about determination, hard work and vision. I believe Kwame has all of these traits. He went to school with my kids at Montclair Elementary and was at East when we won a state championship. He is a member of our community. We need black representatives like him. I'm excited to endorse Kwame."

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"My kids are who they are because of DPS. It was a stellar experience for them. I'm supporting Kwame because he received the same excellent education. We need a leader who can ensure students from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds can have a similar experience at DPS. Kwame can help us get there ."

Maria Garcia Berry
Founder, CRL Associates Inc.

Maria Garcia Berry stands as one of Denver's most pivotal figures, having shattered barriers and guided our city towards numerous successes. Her endorsement for my campaign to serve on DPS' School Board not only instills confidence but is also a testament to our shared vision for Denver's future. It's an immense honor to have Maria's support and to welcome her to our krew.

Civic Parterships
Patricia Lepiani

Jose Betata
Co-founder, Raíces;

Board President, Cultura

Kwame's Krew continues to grow! Denver is home to Raíces, an award-winning multicultural hub that celebrates the richness of our Latinx community, a vision brought to life by Jose D. Beteta. From his beginnings as an entrepreneurial immigrant in tech, through his significant roles in the Boulder Human Rights Commission, Minority Business Advisory Council, and more, Jose has always championed the underserved. It's with immense pride that we announce the endorsement of Jose D. Beteta, co-founder of Raíces. We're thrilled to welcome him to our krew.

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Family Partnership
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"I've known Kwame since he attended High School in Denver. His passion for education is deeply rooted in his family and inspired by his mother's dedication as a Black educator. A graduate of Denver Public Schools himself, Kwame knows firsthand the needs and aspirations of our students and educators. His goal will always be to educate the next generation for our future. It's time for the people of Denver to embrace his strategic and thoughtful leadership on the Denver Board of Education. Our Denver community will greatly benefit from his insight and commitment to public service"

Hon. Elbra Wedgeworth
Community Leader; Denver Public Schools Graduate

As we unveil our endorsements for the Denver Public Schools Board race, we're proud to introduce 'Kwame's Krew. Leading our announcements is one of Denver's esteemed community pillars, the Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth. Her support holds immense significance, and I'm deeply honored to have her on our side.

John Barry
Former Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools; Retired Air Force General

We're proud to announce the endorsement of John, a retired Major General from the United States Air Force. Following his distinguished military career, John took the helm as Superintendent of the Aurora Public Schools and later joined the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. His vast experience and unwavering commitment to service make his mentorship invaluable. We're honored and excited to have his endorsement.

"As the former superintendent  of Aurora Public Schools, I've had to lead in difficult times. DPS needs a  new generation of leaders who can help us solve our complex problems with positive energy and zeal. In my role with Aurora Public Schools, I used my unique background coming from the Air Force to lead change. I see a similar opportunity with Kwame - whose business acumen and strategy skills are exactly what DPS needs to support our teachers and students. I'm happy to endorse his candidacy."

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SUPPORT OUR FUTURE

Your voice and donations will help now more than ever. If we’re going to start focusing on our students and take politics out of our schools, we’ll need your support. There are no contribution limits. Anything you can provide helps us so much. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to academic excellence for our students.  

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