One-Minute Election Guide: Denver House District 6 Pits Democrats Over Progressive Policy Debate

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From left to right: Katie March and Elisabeth Epps. Photos: Courtesy of the contestants.

You’ve probably seen street signs for Democrats Elisabeth Epps and Katie March if you live in the Denver East District they both want to represent.

State of play: Both women call themselves progressives, a label that essentially means candidates who are further left of center than mainstream Democrats.

  • But they are fighting over who won the title.

By the numbers: It could be one of the most expensive Statehouse runs once it’s said and done, the Denver Post suggests.

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

Meet the candidates:

Eps is locally known for its defense of criminal justice.

  • She told Axios Denver that her priorities are: tackling the state’s affordable housing crisis; improve public safety by removing things she calls ineffective, including cash bail, and enacting “gun common sense” reform.
  • Climate change is another issue it wants to tackle by adopting greenhouse gas regulations.
  • She is an abolitionist, a term which she says means “using politics to give people the opportunities and resources to be healthy, safe and free”, which she says is accomplished by funding the 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 protection. She is interested in a ban on assault weapons and the creation of waiting periods for the purchase of weapons.
  • March has a Housing First approach, meaning policies that provide housing for people who are homeless, followed by other wraparound services like placement.
  • She worked as an aide when Colorado lawmakers passed the Red Flag Act in 2019 and said her past work in the state legislature made her believe she could find ways to to have an impact.

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