Colorado experienced a record Democratic turnout during a “build year” election, surpassing previous turnouts in 2021 and 2019. Notably, the Democratic turnout exceeded the Republican turnout, thanks to the collective efforts of those who voted, made calls, donated or engaged in discussions about the importance of voting. This outcome reflects the dedicated groundwork laid throughout the year, and we extend our gratitude to everyone involved in making this election a success.
Denver Public Schools Board of Education Results
In Denver, voters elected three new board members. Former East High School Principal John Youngquist secured victory in the citywide at-large race, defeating Kwame Spearman.
Two incumbents, Scott Baldermann and Charmaine Lindsay, were unseated. Kimberlee Sia, former CEO of KIPP charter school network, won over Baldermann for the board seat representing southeast Denver’s District 1, while Marlene De La Rosa, a longtime DPS volunteer and Latina advocate, defeated Lindsay in northwest Denver’s District 5.
Ballot Measures Results
State Proposition HH (Not Passed)
This proposition aimed to reduce property taxes for homes and businesses, including expanding property tax relief for seniors and using a portion of the state surplus to fund school districts.
State Proposition II (Passed)
This proposition retains and allocates revenues from taxes on cigarettes, tobacco and nicotine products to invest in Colorado's preschool program. The initiative is geared toward supporting low-income or at-risk kids and discouraging the use of such products.
Denver Referred Question 2P (Passed)
Specific to Denver County, this question relates to the Denver Preschool Program, seeking to extend the current sales tax to permanently fund the program without raising taxes.
Positive Results Across Colorado
School Board Victories: Democrats secured victories in school board races across various counties. Progressive candidates clinched wins in Douglas County, Adams 12, Gunnison County, Prowers County, Mancos, Jefferson County, Loveland Cherry Creek, Greeley and more.
City Council and Mayoral Elections: We saw successful elections for city councilors and mayors in multiple cities, including Las Animas, Arvada, Lakewood, Broomfield, Thornton, Westminster and Loveland, signaling the start of transformative changes.
As we celebrate these election victories, we know we can’t get complacent. In 2024, our mission is crystal clear: it's one of the most pivotal election years, and our steadfast commitment will be to mobilize, educate and champion progressive, democratic candidates and policies through active voter engagement.