The dominance of west Denver Democratic legislators in the State Capitol will be over at the end of the 2018 session. In the House chamber, Speaker Crisanta Duran, HD-05, and Rep. Dan Pabon, HD-04, are both term limited.
Over the last several years, a massive influx of funding from individuals and groups outside of Colorado has transformed the school board, restricting parents and teachers from having a reasonable say in which direction the Denver Public Schools board goes. Oftentimes, these organizations prioritize advancing a national “reform” ideology over the needs of Denver’s students. All of this has resulted in a deterioration of our public schools in favor of semi-private options which are not financially feasible for the general populace.
Denver Democrat Gabriel Thorn, a retired Army major with two Bronze Stars, is jumping in the crowded primary for the House district represented by Speaker Crisanta Duran, who faces term limits after next year's election.