With a successful caucus and assembly season completed, Douglas County Democrats are readying themselves for a fight in November.
After well attended state and congressional assemblies, Democrats found themselves with an embarrassment of riches in qualified candidates. Incumbents, Governor John Hickenlooper and Senator Mark Udall won their spots on the ballot uncontested owing to their stellar leadership and accomplishments in their first terms. Vic Meyers, from Congressional District 4 is a much needed voice of reason in a race with a crowded Republican primary. Former Douglas County resident, Joe Neguse promises to bring back integrity to the Secretary of State’s office. Don Quick and Betsy Markey will continue their commitment to public service with honor once elected to the offices of Attorney General and Treasurer, respectively.
Douglas County is also fortunate to have a group of fabulous candidates vying to represent us locally and at the capitol. Former County Commissioner, Dr. Clark Huff, is on the ballot for House District 39 wanting to give back to our community. Dr. Henry Barlow is running an aggressive campaign for House District 43. Douglas Democrats nominated Karen Smith for State House District 44 and Brandon Wicks for House District 45. The eminently qualified Bill Buntrock, who is running a second campaign for surveyor, promises to bring his passion and experience to the Douglas County Surveyor office. These wonderful candidates will get special notice in this column in the coming months.
Not a day goes by that there is not some doom and gloom forecast for the fortunes of Democrats in November. Although most of these polls show that voters tend to agree with Democrats on issues and policies, 6 years of Republican opposition has finally taken its toll on the electorate, and instead of rightfully punishing Republicans, voters seem poised to take the need for change out on the party of the President. Because of this, voters may push us over the cliff into the hands of the party that rather do what is best for them politically than what is best for the country.
However, this desire for change should be used to help elect candidates who are more representative of the voters. Our best chance to bring some sanity to Douglas County is in the two offices encompassing Congressional District 6. Although CD6 is only partially in Douglas County, this area tends to lean slightly more Democratic than the rest of Douglas County.
Former Speaker of the Colorado House, Andrew Romanoff, is mounting a serious challenge to Tea Party Republican candidate, Mike Coffman. With years of sensible leadership experience representing all Coloradans, Romanoff promises to bring common sense and Colorado values to Congress as the representative from CD6
Naquetta Ricks knows the value of education as a “path to opportunity” and is the Democratic Party's first real chance to take control of the University Of Colorado Board of Regents in a long time. Ricks is a stark contrast to Douglas County’s own privatizing former School Board President, John Carson. Carson’s record of destruction of our once premier district speaks for itself, and one shudders to think what plans he has in store for CU.
All this apocalyptic noise about Democrats' chances in 2014 should have one affect on Douglas Democrats. It is time to put on your boots and get ready to fight. Our wonderful candidates deserve nothing less.