House District Profile

House District 2

HD2 Democrats now meet the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Friends Meetings House, 2280 S. Columbine, near DU.  Join us early, at 8:30 for coffee, sweets and social time!

Click here to sign up for our HD2 Email Updates.

Live in the District?  Click here to join our HD2 Facebook group!

 

State Representative: 

Mark Ferrandino

State Representative
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Email Address: 
mark.ferrandino.house@state.co.us

Representative Ferrandino was elected by vacancy committee in 2007, and quickly earned successive leadership positions including Minority Leader in 2011.  On November 8, 2012, he was nominated by his Democratic peers as Colorado Speaker of the House.  Visit his website here, and keep up with Colo.



District Calendar

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The West Denver Democratic Coalition visits House District 2

Denver Democrats, organized as the West Denver Democratic Coalition, banded together to attack trash and graffiti in the Westwood neighborhood. The WDDC is formed from members of House Districts 1, 2 and 4.

Watch our slide show and get to know our members!

 


House District Updates / Blog Posts


Annual HD2 Holiday Potluck

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
The Historic Grant Ave. Community Center 216 S. Grant St.


   Hannakah    Christmas    Kwanza

Please join the House District 2 Democrats for our

Annual Holiday Potluck
with food, friends, and spirits

Thursday, December 12
5:30-8:30 p.m.
(come at 5:00 and/or stay 'til 8:00 to help set-up and/or clean-up)

At the Historic Grant Ave. Community Center
216 S. Grant St., Denver 80210

Please bring a dish -- salad, side, appetizer, main course, desert, drinks, etc --
or consider a $10 contribution to benefit the House District 2 Democrats.
Help us celebrate the season --
-- and gear up for a big year in the district and in Colorado!

RSVP to owenperk@aol.com
to let us know what you're bringing.
 
If you don't get a chance to RSVP, please just show up!

Dish List:
Senator Irene Aguilar -- Tom's Salsa
Sarah Bradley -- Mystery Main Dish
John Ferguson -- Beans Sautéed with Balsamic
Eliot Lewis -- Turtle Brownies
Tom Parson -- White Wine and Red Velvet Cookies
Owen Perkins -- Grandma's Cheesecake and Owen's Apple Pie
Alan Schlessman -- Home-Baked Bread
Rita Schweitz -- Refreshments
Sky Seaman -- Roasted Chicken
Rita Simas -- Mushroom and Herb Lasagna
Katy Strascina -- Chips and Guacamole
Danielle Wilkerson -- Wine
your name here -- your dish here

The party will take the place of our regular December meeting --
--
no meeting Saturday, December 14th.

 


HD2 Monthly Meeting Minutes - November 2013

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DPS District 3 School Board Candidate Forum, Hosted by House District 2 Democrats, 9.21.13

Thanks to Meg Schomp, Mike Johnson, and all the great attendees and participants at Saturday's Denver Public School Board District 3 Candidate Forum, hosted by the House District 2 Democrats.  For all the action, check the videos below, and scroll down for an update from Councilman Chris Nevitt.  Note: At-large candidates Michael Kiley and Barbara O'Brien will participate in a similar forum Saturday, October 19th at HD2's monthly meeting.

Mike Johnson's opening statement:

Meg Schomp's opening statement (below):

Audience Q&A (below):

Meg Schomp closing statement (below):

Mike Johnson closing statement (below):

Councilman Chris Nevitt (below):

 

 


Dinner and a Movie Event this Sunday - "The Butler" and Discussion: Racism in America

The Butler

We'll be attending a screening of "The Butler," the story of a White House butler who served seven presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan. The all-star cast is led by Forest Whitaker in the title role, along with Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, and many more.

The film will be showing at the Colorado Center in HD2 (Colorado Blvd.... and I-25), and we'll have dinner and discussion across the street at the Perkins restaurant after the movie, so please plan to attend with us for what promises to be an enjoyable evening and a spirited discussion.

The suggested donation is $20 (includes the movie and appetizers), and HD2 "cine-scholarships" are available for anyone who would like to attend.

Sign up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/370420466394529/?ref=3 and please contact Walker Knight at walkerlknight@gmail.com or (720) 837-0500 to reserve your ticket and get updated details.


The Butler -- HD2 Dinner and a Movie Outing

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 3:45pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Colorado Center Theater and Perkins Restaurant I-25 and Colorado Blvd in House District 2

Please join us for a House District 2 dinner-and-a-movie event this Sunday, August 25th.

We'll be attending a screening of "The Butler," the story of a White House butler who served seven presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan. The all-star cast is led by Forest Whitaker in the title role, along with Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, and many more.

The film will be showing at the Colorado Center in HD2 (Colorado Blvd.... and I-25), and we'll have dinner and discussion across the street at the Perkins restaurant after the movie, so please plan to attend with us for what promises to be an enjoyable evening and a spirited discussion.

The suggested donation is $20 (includes the movie and appetizers), and HD2 "cine-scholarships" are available for anyone who would like to attend.

Sign up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/370420466394529/?ref=3 and please contact Walker Knight at walkerlknight@gmail.com or (720) 837-0500 to reserve your ticket and get updated details.


Funding Public Schools Forum with Senator Mike Johnston, Speaker Mark Ferrandino, and more

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thanks to Speaker Mark Ferrandino, DPS Board Member Arturo Jimenez, Great Education Colorado's Sue Catterall, and Will Gohl from Senator Johnston's office for a fantastic forum. Special thanks to the audience, who cam with intelligent questions, a thirst for knowledge, divergent views, and a civil tone.

Video of the event will be posted here shortly.

Sue Catterall (below)

Speaker Mark Ferrandino (below)

Speaker Mark Ferrandino and Will Gohl(below)

Will Gohl (below)

DPS Board Member Arturo Jimenez (below, five minutes missing)

Audience Q&A (below, 15 minutes missing)

Please join Senator Mike Johnston, Speaker Mark Ferrandino, Sue Caterall (Gread Education Colorado) and The House District 2 Democrats for an educational forum on Proposed Initiative 22 -- Funding Public Schools.

We will meet at the Decker Public Library, 1501 S. Logan, on Tuesday, August 6th at 6p.m.

This forum is targeted at HD2 activists, but is open to all those interested in supporting the restoration of vital funds for Colorado's public schools. The goal is to help educate individuals and mobilze our ground game as we prepare to help spread the word door-to-door about the benefits of Proposed Initiative 22, Funding Public Schools.

The initiative seeks to restore nearly $1 billion to Colorado's education budget through a two-tiered income tax. The initiative supports the School Finance Act, which passed through the Senate and House in the most recent legislative session. Without the voter-approved tax increase, however, The School Finance Act will be moot.

Senator Johnston has been a leading voice championing education bills in the Colorado Senate, and he will be joined by other panelists to help explain the iniative, the School Finance Act,and our plan for winning at the polls this November.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to owenperk@aol.com.


House District 2 Monthly Meeting, July 20, 2013

Here is some video from our July HD2 Dems Meeting. Please join us Saturday, August 17th at 9 a.m. for our next meeting at the Friends Meeting House, 2280 S. Columbine near DU.

House District 2 Democrats Monthly Meeting
Tentative Agenda
9:00 Welcome, review of agenda – Barry Sarver
9:05 Updates from elected officials –
? Senator Irene Aguilar (confirmed)
? Others (TBD)

Senator Irene Aguilar (below):

9:20 Updates on Recall Campaigns – Eliot Lewis
9:30 HD2 Activist Recruitment/PCP Vacancies – Rita Simas

Rita Simas on Precinct Committee Person Recruitment (Below):

9:50 Funds for Public Schools/Proposed Initiative 22 Forum and Day of Action – Owen Perkins
? Signature gathering – all month
? Forum – Tuesday, August 6th
? Day of Action – Saturday, August 10th

Owen Perkins on the Funding Public Schools Forum (below):

10:00 New HD2 Monthly Phone Bank – Danielle Wilkerson

Daniel Wilkerson on HD2 Phone Banking (below):

10:10 Social Media in HD2 – Mary Rudolph

Mary Rudolph on HD2 Social Media (below):

10:20 Finance Chairs’ Report – Walker Knight and Barry Sarver
10:25 Announcements
• OFA Phone Bank on Gun Violence, Saturday at 2 p.m., 10483 W. Arkansas Dr., Lakewood
• Denver Days, August 3rd -11th
• Canvassing with Andrew Romanoff, Saturday 1 - 4 p.m., Sunday 2 - 5 p.m., 10730 E. Bethany Drive, Suite 280, Aurora, CO 80014
• Saturday, 3:00pm - 5:00pm Denver Young Democrats BBQ, City Park @ Thatcher Fountain
• Other
10:30 Adjourn

SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, August 4 - Denver Dems Annual Picnic from 1-4 p.m. at Ruby Hill Park, 1505 W. Jewell, $10
Tuesday, August 6 – Proposed Initiative 22/Funds for Public Schools Educational Forum with Senator Mike Johnston and others, Decker Public Library, 1501 S. Logan St.


Speaker Ferrandino's Legislative Summary with the Denver Young Dems, 5.21.13

The Denver Young Dems and the DU Dems hosted a great event on May 21st at the Crimson and Gold, near the DU campus in House District 2.

The featured guest was Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who gave a stirring summary of the legislative session and took questions from an attentive crowd.

Here is a video of Speaker Ferrnadino's comments at the Crimson and Gold:


House District 2 May Meeting Video Highlights

Here are some highlights from our May monthly meeting, including a great legislative wrap-up from Senator Pat Steadman and some highlights from Councilman Chris Nevitt.

Senator Steadman's Legislative Summary (Part 1, below)

Senator Steadman's Legislative Summary (Part 2, below)

Senator Steadman's Legislative Summary (Part 3, below)

Councilman Nevitt's Remarks (below)

Finance Chair Walker Knight's Report and Baker Bonanza Preview(below)


HOUSE DISTRICT 2 - Day at the Capitol

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 8:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 
Old Supreme Court Chambers from 8-9

We're excited to host an event at the Colorado State Capitol next Friday, April 26th, and we'd love to have you and your friends join us.

The House District 2 Day at the Capitol is hosted by the HD2 Democrats, but it's a non-partisan event open to everyone from any district and any affiliation. It should be an excellent chance to get an intimate glimpse of a day at the Capitol, with a chance to meet our legislators and see them in action on a busy day near the end of the session. Due to the incredibly busy schedule in the final weeks of the legislative session, we can't guarantee that last-minute schedule changes might not take away some of our legislators, but we know they'll try their best to stop by as their schedule permits.

We're going to start off with a light breakfast -- coffee, fruit, bagles, sweets, etc. -- outside the Old Supreme Court Chambers from 8-9. We'll be welcomed by the House District 2 Officers and Lou Irwin, Denver Dems Captain-at-Large for Public Policy, and we expect several legislators to drop by and talk to us briefly about their work this session, including our own representative, Speaker of the House Mark FerrandinoSenator Irene Aguilar, who represents much of our district, and Representative Beth McCann, from House District 8 in Denver. We have invited another 10 or 12 legislators, and it promises to be an informative and informal briefing from our elected officials. Lou Irwin will also offer tours of the Capitol for those interested.

At 9:00, our group will head to the House and Senate chambers to observe the debate on the floor as a flurry of bills are expected to be up for discussion. Debate may continue into the afternoon, and there will be some committee hearings in the afternoon. If you'd like an update on bills to be heard in committee next week, please reply to this e-mail or contact Lou Irwin at lnirwin@gmail.com to be added to his Public Policy e-mail list.

One item we anticipate being heard Friday afternoon is Senator Aguilar's joint resolution, SJR13-021, which calls for the "creation of an interim committee to study ways to create a comprehensive health care system for all Coloradans." The Legislative Council Committee should be reviewing proposed interim committees that Friday, so those interested in Health Care Reform may take special interest in that hearing.

If you think you can make the House District 2 Day at the Capitol, please RSVP to owenperk@aol.com to help us get a rough count. If you can't RSVP, please join us anyway, but it would help to know you are coming. And please feel free to extend this invitation to any friends you think would be interested in attending.

We'll have more information at our monthly meeting this Saturday, April 20th at the Friends Meeting House, 2280 S. Columbine from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Come early for social time, coffee, and sweets at 8:30, and stay late for Voter Registration Training at 10:30 as we prepare to reegister high school students turning 18 in the following week.

Thanks for your interest, and we hope to see you soon,

The House District 2 Officers

Danielle WilkersonCaptain HD2A (precincts 201-228) dwilker@gmail.com (202) 246-3729 
Rita SimasCo-Captain HD2A rsimas3@gmail.com (720) 296-5303 
Barry SarverFinance Chair HD2A barrysarver99@hotmail.com (303) 777-9497

Owen PerkinsCaptain HD2B (precincts 229-250) owenperk@aol.com (303) 722-1655
Eliot LewisCo-Captain HD2B erlewis@mindspring.com (720) 570-1570
Walker KnightFinance Chair HD2B walkerlknight@gmail.com (303) 692-1922

Additional Contacts

• Democratic Party of Denver: 574 S. Broadway, Denver 80209 303-830-8242 www.denverdemocrats.net

 

• Colorado Democratic Party: 777 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204 303-623-4762 www.coloradodems.org

• HD2 Representative Mark Ferrandino: (303) 866-2911 (Office) • (720) 837-6320 (Cell) • mferrandino@yahoo.com www.markferrandino.com

• SD31 (includes precincts 204-211) Senator Pat Steadmanwww.patsteadman.com

• SD32 (includes precincts 212-250) Senator Irene Aguilarireneaguilar.md@gmail.com • www.aguilarfor32.com