KAYVAN FOR DENVER: A BOLD NEW FUTURE FOR THE MILE HIGH CITY
It was the night of April 12th, 2007, and then-mayor, current-governor John Hickenlooper was holding a community forum. Greeting attendees was a man holding a sign posing the question ‘What’s so scary about marijuana?’—with the goal of challenging Hickenlooper’s hypocritical stances on cannabis.
Denverites pointed and giggled at the man, but they didn’t mock his ideals. You see, this man was Kayvan Khalatbari, and he was dressed head-to-toe in a chicken costume.
Now, that same man who once wore a chicken costume in public is running for mayor. His steadfast political work and business savvy, have prepared him for this challenge.
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Khalatbari was the child of an Iranian immigrant and a partial-Cherokee Native. “We grew up pretty poor,” he said. “Not because of what they did, but because of my dad’s gambling addiction; that put us in bankruptcy twice before I was ten years old.”
Khalatbari moved in with his mom at a young age after his parents’ divorce and saw her work ethic firsthand. Her indomitable spirit would inspire Khalatbari later on.
After being transferred to Denver by the engineering firm he’d been working for, he realized that a traditional “sterile, interior grey cubicle” kind of job wasn’t for him. Following his decision to leave the firm, he sank his savings, cash, and credit into buying a failing pizzeria in Capitol Hill.
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