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Know Your Candidates! Vote June 26!

The Democratic and Republican primaries are Tuesday, June 26. Do you know who your candidates are? So far this year in Colorado the race to replace John Hickenlooper as governor has gotten much of the attention, but several other races are also in play on the statewide ballot.

On Thursday, June 7, the Democratic HD8 Forum is hosting a forum, called “Here’s the Ticket,” to highlight candidates running for Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and CU Regent. The forum is at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 2201 Dexter St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Former Colorado First Lady Dottie Lamm will moderate. Candidates and/or their representatives will be on hand, as will several Democratic candidates who are vying to be the party’s candidate for governor.

There is no charge to attend, and the public is welcome to learn more about the candidates.

Democratic candidates for Colorado Attorney General include Phil Weiser (website philforcolorado.com) and Joe Salazar (salazarforcoag.com). The attorney general is the state’s top law enforcement official, responsible for ensuring that Colorado’s laws are being obeyed. The attorney general has wide latitude to pick and choose which legal actions are pursued. The winner of the June primary will face Republican George Brauchler in the November General election.

Democratic candidates for Colorado State Treasurer include Dave Young (website daveyoungforcolorado.com) and Bernard Douthit (website douthitforcolorado.com). The state treasurer is responsible for managing the state’s coffers and making investment decisions in the state’s bank account. The primary winner will face one of three Republicans who are also currently running.

The sole Democratic candidate running for Secretary of State is Jena Griswold (website jenaforcolorado.com). The secretary of state manages Colorado’s elections, including overseeing voter registration, administering campaign finance laws, registering political lobbyists and corporations, and overseeing charitable giving. Griswold will face the incumbent, Republican Wayne Williams, in the November general election.

We PHNEE’d to Talk

Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE) is hosting a series of discussions about improving equity in schools, including diversity, equity, and inclusion in education. The first two community conversations have been scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at the Pauline Robinson Branch Library, at 33rd and Holly Street beginning at 10 a.m. The second community conversation will be Wednesday, July 18 at the Park Hill Branch Library, at 6:30 p.m. The title for the series is Equity in Schools: We PHNEE’d to Talk. The discussions are free and everyone is welcome.

Late To The Garden?

Have you had a busy spring and not gotten a chance to plant? Did your first plants fail? Are you just now deciding you want to garden? Not to worry. Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. has got you covered. On Wednesday, June 20, GPHC is hosting a workshop, Late to the Party: What You Can Still Grow in Your Garden. The free workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. at the GPHC office at 2823 Fairfax St. and includes information and seedlings you can take home to plant in your garden. For more information, check out the Facebook event page at facebook.com/events/1989692374692967/

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

Wednesday, June 27 is Bike to Work Day, so get geared up to join thousands of other Denverites to cycle to work. Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. and the Denver Public Library are partnering on two stations at the Park Hill Library (Montview and Dexter Street) and the Pauline Robinson Library (33rd and Holly Street). Find out more at https://biketoworkday.us, or just stop by and visit on your way to work.

As you ponder opportunities to ride your bike more than once to work this summer, remember to avoid being the victim of bicycle theft. The following are a few related crime stats to chew on (as of May 17). The stats are regularly updated at crime.denverpost.com/crime/theft-bicycle/.

• Denver has had 405 bicycle thefts reported so far this year, an average of 90.5 per month / 3 per day.

• In 2017, Denver averaged 112.8 per month, and the year before that (2016) Denver averaged 136 per month.

• The most bicycle thefts any neighborhood in Denver has had this year is Five Points, with 33.

• The average number of bicycle thefts per neighborhood this year is 5.19.

Bike thieves don’t only look on the street, but will go into parking garages of hotels and residences to find targets of opportunity. If you see a person who seems out of place or is walking around with a bicycle front tire, they might be looking for a bicycle to steal. Report suspicious individuals to building security immediately.

Here’s to staying on two wheels this summer!


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