Democrats are just one seat behind in the Colorado State Senate — we must defend this seat in order to take back control. The State Senators elected in 2018 will be responsible for redistricting in 2020, which makes winning this race crucial to protecting our state from Republican gerrymandering.
SENATE DISTRICT 20
Why it matters
This seat is currently held by Sen. Cheri Jahn, who is term-limited. Democrat Jessie Danielson, who currently serves as a progressive member of the Colorado House, will face Republican Christine Jensen in November.
Races for SD-20 tend to be very competitive — Sen. Jahn won her last election by just 400 votes. This race will be targeted by well-funded Republican attacks in 2018. A well-organized campaign with strong support from grassroots volunteers and donors will be crucial to help progressives defend this seat.
Democrat: 38,819 | Republican: 38,035 | Unaffiliated: 46,954
Lakewood, Arvada, Ken Caryl, Dakota Ridge, Wheat Ridge. Working class core in Wheat Ridge area, which is the central part of the district. More affluent suburbs are south in the Ken Caryl area and the developing parts of Arvada in the north.
Red Rocks Community College, Denver Federal Center, Colorado Mills, Jeffco Fairgrounds, St. Anthony Hospital
District map (click to view interactive)
What's at stake
Despite a notable lack of media coverage, many of the policies that most directly affect people’s lives are actually made at the state level. With a fully progressive state government, we can go beyond merely resisting Trump’s destructive agenda and begin advancing policies that actually improve people’s lives.
To truly understand what’s at stake in state politics, just look at what each party in Colorado has prioritized (but not always being successful at) in recent years:
Creating free all-day kindergarten for families throughout the state
Easing TABOR restrictions to end the unnecessary, self-imposed funding crisis facing our schools, roads, and hospitals
Making Colorado a leader in renewable energy by requiring at least 30% of energy from renewables by 2020
Making it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Joining the National Popular Vote Compact to end the Electoral College as we know it
Fighting to defend women’s rights and reproductive freedoms — especially the constitutionally protected right to choose
Reducing funding for k-12 education and higher education by thousands of dollars per student
Supporting and defending TABOR, the most restrictive conservative tax policy in the country — making it effectively impossible for the state to build a surplus or fund basic services
Blocking efforts to ban oil and gas drilling withing 1000ft of schools and neighborhoods
Blocking efforts ban the tortourous, cruel practice of “gay conversion therapy” from being performed on minors
Defunding the Colorado health care exchange and cutting rural hospital funding for medicaid patients
Making all forms of abortion illegal, even in cases of rape or incest, by criminalizing abortion as a class 1 felony — the same category as first-degree murder and actual treason
How to help
Volunteer! Nothing helps candidates more than grassroots volunteers. Knocking doors, making calls, and helping staff with competitive campaigns is one of the biggest ways you can make a difference.
Donate! The only way to beat the Republican fundraising machine is with an army of small donors. Your donations help campaigns hire staff, organize volunteers, and get out the vote.