Jun 22, 2022 - News

1-minute voter guide: Dems debate progressive policies in Denver's House District 6

From left: Katie March and Elisabeth Epps. Photos: Courtesy of the candidates.

You've probably seen yard signs for Democrats Elisabeth Epps and Katie March if you live in the east Denver district that they both want to represent.

State of play: Both women call themselves progressives — a tag that essentially means candidates who are more left-of-center than traditional Democrats.

  • They are battling over who better embodies the label.

By the numbers: When all's said and done, this could be one of this year's most expensive statehouse races, the Denver Post suggests.

On the map: House District 6 includes the neighborhoods of Capital Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, Hale, Lowry and Windsor.

Meet the candidates:

Epps is known locally for her criminal justice advocacy.

  • She told Axios Denver that her priorities include addressing the state's affordable housing crisis, improving public safety by removing things she calls ineffective (including cash bail) and passing "common sense" gun reform.
  • Climate change is another issue she wants to tackle, through greenhouse gas regulations.
  • She's an abolitionist, saying she believes in "using policy to give people the opportunities and resources to be healthy, safe and free." She explained that this is accomplished by funding public education and changing the criminal justice system.

March is a former Democratic caucus staffer.

  • She told Axios Denver that her priorities include housing, gun violence prevention and worker protections. She's interested in an assault weapons ban and creating waiting periods for gun purchases.
  • March has a housing-first approach, meaning she wants policies that provide homes for people experiencing homelessness, followed by other wraparound services like job placement.
  • She worked as an aide when Colorado lawmakers passed the red-flag law in 2019, and said her past work in the state legislature has made her confident that she can find ways to make an impact.

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