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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 7, 20172min5550

Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran is putting on a town hall Tuesday night to chat with the experts and community members about the challenges of the state’s population growth.

The state Demographer’s Office said Colorado’s population was about 5 million in 2010 and could reach 8 million by 2040.

The town hall is from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. at the Girls Athletic Leadership School at 750 Galapago St. in Denver

Duran’s panel includes:

  • Will Toor, director of transportation programs for  the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
  • Laura Brudzynski from the Denver Office of Economic Development.
  • Rick Padilla, director of housing development for the city and county of Denver.
  • Carol Hedges, director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute.
  • Jerilynn Martinez, director of marketing and community relations for the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.
  • Jack Tone, a board member of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association.
  • Dre Chiriboga-Flor, transit organizer for 9to5.

“While growth has led to many benefits, such as low unemployment and good jobs for Coloradans, we need to take on the challenges that come with this growth,” Duran said. “Whether it is skyrocketing housing costs, dealing with the high cost of living or being stuck on the highway for hours during rush hour, we can and must to more to address these issues.”

Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country and already is far behind in funding roads and schools. Lawmakers such as Duran and state Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, and Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, have taken a lead on programs that help people plan for retirement and assess pubic services.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 14, 20175min3700

Two Lakewood Republicans are considering whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter's bid for a seventh term in the 7th Congressional District, Colorado Politics has learned. Jerry Natividad, who mounted a brief campaign last year for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, and Mark Barrington, who has run for legislative and city council seats, both said they're thinking about running for the seat — particularly after Perlmutter said in April he was running for governor and wouldn't seek reelection, then dropped from the gubernatorial field in July and then declared in August he was back in the congressional race.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 29, 20174min780

Give Lakewood Democratic state Rep. Brittany Pettersen extra points for showing grace amid disappointment. No, it won’t win her the 7th CD seat for which she briefly was a candidate (alongside some others); it looks like that will remain Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s, now that he has decided to jump back into the race and seek re-election. At least, for 2018.

But expressing gratitude to the supporters of her short-lived congressional bid — by throwing them a party, which she announces in a press release today — is sure to win friends. For life, perhaps — if you’ll pardon our momentary lapse into rank sentimentality — as well as for any political aspirations down the road.

Here’s Pettersen’s e-invitation:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for believing in me and supporting my campaign for Congress. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for each and every one of you who stepped up to volunteer, donate, or lend your incredible talents to this unforgettable experience.

As you probably already know, I ended my campaign when Ed Perlmutter decided he was going to seek reelection. While I am disappointed I won’t have the opportunity to serve our community in Congress, I am so proud of the campaign we built together in such a short time. I never could have done any of this without you.

I hope you can join my campaign to celebrate our many accomplishments, and the amazing people who made it happen…

…I am inspired every day to continue to serve and increase opportunities for people who want a shot at making a better life for themselves. I am only where I am today because my community invested in me, and I will never stop fighting to give others that same chance.

I will always remember your support.

Sincerely,
Brittany

Enough to leave you misty-eyed. (Yes, really.) Here are the particulars and a link to RSVP:

When: Sunday, September 10th
4:30 to 6:30pm

Where: WestFax Brewing Company
6733 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214

RSVP


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Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 21, 20176min2670

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter announced Monday morning he’s back in the race for his old seat in Congress from the 7th Congressional District. The Democrat from Arvada said in April he would run for governor but in June he said had lost the competitive fire and dropped out of that race.

The Colorado Pols website first reported Monday morning that Perlmutter would officially seek re-election, and The Denver Post first reported Perlmutter’s statement on his decision.

Colorado Politics was the first to report Perlmutter was reconsidering his earlier decision and would likely run for his seat in Congress again, and that other candidates were reconsidering, as a result.

State Sen. Dominick Moreno and state Rep. Brittany Pettersen announced Monday they are suspending their campaigns, leaving state Sen. Andy Kerr and Dan Baer in the Democratic primary. No Republicans have yet announced.

“Over the last few weeks a lot has happened, both for me and in the world. I’ve taken some time to regroup and recharge, and in so doing I’ve had many meaningful conversations with friends, neighbors, supporters and family who have encouraged me to run again,” Perlmutter said in a statement Monday morning. “I have appreciated each and every conversation. It has made me take time to reflect on the future. And I’ve come to the conclusion to run again for re-election. To ask the hardworking people of the 7th district to once again put their trust in me to be their voice in Washington. I care deeply for our state, and I love my home which is here in the 7th district.

“I’ve talked to Andy, Brittany (and) Dominick and corresponded with Dan about my decision. They are all wonderful people and I know for them and some others my decision is not convenient or well timed, for which I’m sorry. But I know I have more to do and more to give to the people of the 7th district. I understand this is not an ideal situation — I really do — but I know we can all work together to fight for our Colorado way of life.”

Moreno announced Monday morning he is dropping out of the Democratic primary and will instead back Perlmutter.

“We continue to be in great hands with Congressman Perlmutter,” Moreno said in a statement. “Thank you to the many people who supported me along this journey. My time serving our community does not end with our campaign suspending, and I remain committed to standing up for our values in the state Senate.”

Pettersen made a similar announcement Monday afternoon.

“While I’m disappointed I will not have the opportunity to serve our community in Congress, I know that the people of the 7th district will continue to be well represented by Ed Perlmutter,” Pettersen said in a statement. “I am so proud and humbled by the support of the people across Colorado who believed in me and stepped up to contribute, volunteer and support my campaign. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of this great state.”

Kerr said through a spokeswoman Monday he will be discussing the development with friends, family and supporters before making a decision “in the next day or two.”

“Ed’s been a friend, a mentor and a great public servant for the people of CD7 — including my own family,” Kerr told Colorado Politics. “I respect his decision and the wishes of the people he works so hard for.”

A campaign spokeswoman for Baer said the candidate was out of town when the news broke and didn’t have an immediate response.

“Dan jumped into this race because he believes this is a pivotal moment, when we need energetic, fresh leadership and a positive vision,” Baer spokeswoman Laura Shunk told Colorado Politics. “Dan is away for his grandmother’s 90th birthday. Given the number of twists and turns in this race so far, we don’t have any immediate response.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated with comments from Sen. Andy Kerr, Rep. Brittany Pettersen and former ambassador Dan Baer.

— Colorado Politics reporter Ernest Luning contributed to this report.