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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 4/14/21 meeting):
Attorney General Phil Weiser noted that the foundation of our nation is the rule of law. AG Weiser discussed pending actions related to the Affordable Care Act, the immigrant question on the census, and other important matters. AG Weiser took questions related to reproductive choice, the interplay of state and federal gun safety measures (e.g., red flag laws, gun storage), new territory on Covid-related liability and workplace safety laws, and police brutality (particularly against Black men). AG Weiser noted that democracy is a team sport and encouraged all to get engaged, informed, and active.
Rep. David Ortiz gave a state legislative update and summarized the status of bills he has sponsored. Rep. Ortiz also thanked volunteers to who helped at his pop-up vaccination clinic. Rep. Ortiz asked that interested constituents contact his office to join policy committees.
Arapahoe County Commissioner Carrie Warren-Gully noted that about 42% of the County has at least one vaccine. She discussed the Governor's decision to move decision-making to local health departments, i.e., Tri-County Health for Arapahoe County. Commissioner Warren-Gully noted that everyone in the Denver metro area will move to level blue, which will stay in effect through May 15, 2021. This level retains the indoor mask requirement (we currently have no outdoor mask requirement unless you cannot socially distance). This level does not restrict outdoor events as long as there is social distancing. Restaurants can function at 100% capacity as long as there is 6’ distance.
The HD38 1st and 2nd Vice Chairs presented their two-phased outreach plans for 2021. Phase 1 includes "adopt-a-precinct" efforts to build our volunteer base as many hands make light work. Phase 2 will focus on votes with changed registrations.
HD38 plans to start a book club!
Our first book is "Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America" by Stacey Abrams. Check back for the date and time of our first book club discussion (tentatively planned for late May).
We welcome book suggestions for our reading list. Please email a list of your favorites to HD38@arapahoedems.org.