What's Up in 2018: State House Edition
As mentioned in our first What's Up in 2018 post, all 65 seats in the State House are up for election in 2018. The Colorado Resistance has prioritized nine house districts for volunteer action and funding. We are not affiliated with Colorado Resistance, but they appear to be on track in terms of identifying close races. Obviously, close races are close no matter which side you're on!
Keep in mind: The Colorado State Senate is currently Republican-controlled by only one seat, which means a number of 2018 state senate races are likely to be brutal in an effort to flip or maintain control. The Colorado State House is controlled by a margin of nine democratic seats - six more than when the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee identified the Colorado house as an offensive target for 2016.
That's probably why Colorado Resistance identified nine seats to watch, and only one is a target for flipping. Six of the seats are Democratic incumbent candidates who won by relatively small margins, one is a Republican incumbent, and only two of these seats have an open race in 2018 (meaning no incumbents are running). Those two seats are:
- District 28 (Ken Caryl/Lakewood area, 36% D, 32% R, 31% Unaffiliated) Active candidates at the time of this writing are: Kim Netherton (D), Shakti (her full legal name since birth) (D), and no Republican candidates, but for current information search here.
- District 50 (Greeley/Evans area, 31% D, 32% R, 36% Unaffiliated) Active candidates at the time of this writing are: Rochelle Golindo (D), Jim Riesberg (D), and no Republican candidates, but for current information search here.
So, find out which house district you are in. If you're in a district with a race that is likely to be close, reach out to a candidate or party you like and ask how to help. If you aren't, pick a race to watch in addition to your own. These representatives make decisions that effect all Coloradans, so you have every right (responsibility, even) to seek out elections that interest you around the state.