Municipalities divide the electorate into precincts to conduct elections. Groups of precincts comprise districts for both the State Senate and the State House of Representatives.
Colorado's House District 38 is located around the City of Littleton.
House District 38 Democrats provides important leadership for the Democratic Party. We foster participation in civic activities and work to elect candidates that reflect our shared ideals.
We usually meet monthly at the Prince of Peace Church at 7000 South Windermere Street, Littleton, CO 80120. To ensure everyone's safety during the pandemic, currently all meetings are virtual. Meetings are the second Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Each meeting provides updates on the party's latest initiatives, guest speakers on topics of local, state, and national interest, and a great opportunity to connect to candidates and local leaders within our community.
Register here for monthly meetings, and see below for quick updates from last month's meeting.
For more information, please contact us at Colorado.email@example.com.
What are House Districts?
House Districts are created by the State of Colorado to divide the state for representation in the House of Representatives for the Colorado General Assembly.
The 65 House Districts are then further divided into precincts for election management. House District 38 is made up of 67 precincts in Arapahoe County.
By law, the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is responsible for updating the countywide precinct map to ensure that no precinct exceeds 1,500 active voters, or up to 2,000 active voters with Board of County Commissioner approval. The number of active voters comes from Colorado Secretary of State’s voter registration database. Each precinct must fall entirely within the boundaries of legislative districts and follow natural and artificial boundaries.
HD38 Map and Precincts
Precincts and Political Parties
Political parties organize around precincts to run caucuses and primaries, organize voting efforts, and manage elections.
A Precinct Organizer, or PO, is the representative of the Democratic Party in your neighborhood. (These positions were previously called PCP, or a Precinct Committee Person.) POs are elected at the precinct caucus and serve a two-year term. POs can also be appointed by the Chair with the advice of the Sub-District Captain and Co-Captain to fill a vacancy. Learn more here.
House District 38 works to ensure that we have a PO for each district. HD38 also appoints Group Captains that coordinate 10 precincts. Group Captains help POs in their group with community outreach and election management.
HD38's PO list can be found here.
What About Senate Districts?
Similar to House District divisions, the state is also divided into 35 Senate Districts that provide representation in the Colorado Senate. HD38 is served by two -- Senate District 26 (Jeff Bridges-D) and Senate District 27 (Chris Kolker-D). Since House Districts and their precincts represent the smallest areas, political parties organize at that level for leadership instead of at the Senate District level. However, POs are very important to Senate Districts. In our party, POs serve on vacancy committees and help organize election efforts for Senate candidates.
HD38 Monthly Meeting Highlights (from 6/9/21 meeting):
Katherine Grainger, Esq., a Partner with Civitas Public Affairs Group, provided some national background on the LGBTQ political landscape, with specific emphasis on the anti-trans movement happening in state legislatures across the country. She noted that 2021 was the worst year in 15 years for state LGBT legislative attacks, particularly for trans people and trans kids. There have been over 250 anti-LGBTQ bills. Ms. Grainger noted that some anti-trans youth sports bills don’t even have examples of perceived hardships in their states. Ms. Grainger added that conservative groups are using statements like “save our children” and “protect our women” to justify these bills.
HD38's own Rep. David Ortiz was joined by Rep. Leslie Herod to share a wrap-up on legislative efforts. Rep. Ortiz noted that worked on 23 bills, passing 22 of them. Q&A with Reps. Ortiz and Herod focused on voting rights, education funding, and sensible gun safety reforms. Reps. Ortiz and Herod acknowledged June Pride Month and proud service on the LGBTQ Caucus.
Arapahoe County Commissioner Carrie Warren-Gully described the County's plans for American Rescue Plan funding over the next few years. She also discussed the County's efforts on workforce training, diversity and inclusion, and open space funding. Additionally, she discussed the County's plan for a hybrid work environment and noted that County buildings are no longer open-carry for firearms.
The HD38 Chair gave an update on HD38's 2021 outreach plans and touted the upcoming book club discussion on June 16.
HD38 Book Club
Thanks to those who joined our June book club discussion on "Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America" by Stacey Abrams. Our next discussion, on Elizabeth Warren's book "Persist," will take place on Thursday, September 9, at 6:30 PM. Watch for details on how to register.
We welcome book suggestions for our reading list. Please email a list of your favorites to HD38@arapahoedems.org.