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 9/8/21 meeting):
We heard from Littleton Mayor Pro Tem Scott Melin on ballot item 3A on Littleton's sales tax increase of $0.75 for every $100. Littleton hasn't increased its sales tax in 50 years. The sales tax increase would provide for residential road work, sustainability for the library and museum, environmental sustainability, and other initiatives.
We also received updates from Arapahoe County Commissioner Carrie Warren-Gully who discussed the County's sales tax reauthorization to support open space (click here for more info), efforts to address homelessness, the County's budget cycle, and recent developments regarding the Tri-County Health Department. HD38's own Rep. David Ortiz encouraged attendees to support local candidates and help on campaigns, and noted that he will soon restart his own campaigning and fundraising.
Lastly, we had the great privilege of quickly hearing from the following local candidates. Please visit their websites to give gifts of volunteer time and financial support!
HD38 Book Club
Thanks to those who attended our June and September book club discussions. Please join us for our next virtual book club discussion on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 6:30 PM on "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" by Heather McGhee. Click here to register. Thanks!
We welcome book suggestions for our reading list. Please email a list of your favorites to HD38@arapahoedems.org.