Colorado State House District 25
Colorado State House District 25 encompasses much of unincorporated Jefferson County, located west of Denver.
HD 25 includes Morrison, Fairmount, Evergreen, Idledale, Kittredge, Genesee, Aspen Park, Indian Hills, Coal Creek and parts of Littleton and Golden. There are nearly 80,000 people and 31,000 households in the district.
Our community is composed of a high percentage of families and school-aged children.
Residents of HD 25 are willing to deal with fire risk and long commutes to enjoy the beauty that surrounds them, including Red Rocks Amphitheater, Evergreen Lake and a myriad of trails, parks and open spaces.
Why Voting Matters
Participate in local politics and create real change
People have come to think of politics as a dirty word. But it you care about the world you live in, then government – and particularly local government – is important. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with all of the political noise and want to mentally check out. But do not ignore local elections. Failing to vote for your local representatives is a sure way to dilute your voice and lose on the things that matter to you.
Despite the very loud national conversation about our government (and the freedom we have to engage in this conversation), the United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among industrialized nations. According to the Census Bureau, only about 65 percent of the U.S. voting-age population was registered in 2012. That number is 91 percent in Canada and the UK, 96 percent in Sweden and nearly 99 percent in Japan. In the United States, our local elections frequently experience less than 25 percent voter participation.
Close to home, there were only 86,000, or a little more than 33 percent of voters, turning out in the Jefferson County school board election in 2013. The board members elected were famously recalled in 2015 after a contentious two years in office. By learning more about the candidates up front, and then voting in the election, perhaps this costly recall could have been avoided.
Local elected officials have a tremendous impact on our lives. Protected open spaces, public school curriculum and zoning regulations are all local issues. And news media no longer has the resources to cover every school board or city council meeting, so it is up to us to educate ourselves on the issues that impact our communities.
One way to do this is to get your news through a variety of sources. If a piece of news feeds into your bias too perfectly, or if it seems suspicious, do a search to see if similar stories appear in a variety of other (well rounded) sources. And don’t be afraid to talk to friends, family and neighbors to stay informed about local issues and candidates. We may not always change our minds, but understanding the perspectives and motivations of others in our circle can broaden our understanding and help us arrive at more informed conclusions. We can have disagreement without disrespect.
Lastly, getting to know your local candidates and elected officials is an easy way to stay informed about the issues of your community, and even to help create and drive solutions to these issues. Most people involved in local government are eager to engage with the people they represent – or hope to represent -- and learn about what issues are important to them. Responsive and responsible governance is the way to create healthy communities that truly reflect the wishes of their citizens. Thus, when you participate in the process and hold public servants accountable, you can help create real change in your community.
To register to vote, or learn more about the candidates up for election in your city, county or state , visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/electionInfo.html?menuheaders=5
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~Socrates