Dear Denver Democrats,

I want to express my deepest gratitude to all the volunteers who made calls, spoke to neighbors, canvassed for candidates, delivered literature, and in so many other ways worked hard during this election.

A sincere thank you to all who voted.  A bright spot last night was seeing Colorado stand proudly blue in the sea of red.  And that is in large measure because Denver Democrats turned out!  While the Denver Elections Division is still processing ballots, at last count the ballots for 161,184 registered Democrats in Denver County had been processed.  There are 202,090 active registered Democrats in Denver County, which means at least 80% of us voted.  I expect that number to rise by the time all results are in.

Last night was rough.  And if you’re like me, you’re still processing what this means for our country and how we move forward from here.

But let’s take a moment to celebrate what we achieved.  We elected our first female District Attorney in Denver’s history.  Congratulations to Representative Beth McCann for breaking that glass ceiling!  We’re returning Senator Michael Bennet and Congresswoman Diana DeGette to DC to fight for us.  We elected Jack Kroll to the CU Board of Regents and Kate Williams, Jeffrey Allen Walker and Claudia Folska to the RTD Board.  We elected 8 Democrats to our 8 House District Seats in Denver County, and we’re sending two Democratic women to the State Senate.  Congratulations to:

Rep. Susan Lontine, HD1
Rep. Alec Garnett, HD2
Rep. Dan Pabon, HD4
Rep. and soon to be Speaker of the House, Crisanta Duran, HD5
Rep.-Elect Chris Hansen, HD6
Rep.-Elect James Coleman, HD7
Rep.-Elect Leslie Herod, HD8
Rep. Paul Rosenthal, HD9
Senator-Elect Lois Court, SD31
Senator-Elect Angela Williams, SD33

We have much work ahead of us to protect those whose rights are threatened, to preserve our environment, to provide educational and economic opportunities for all, and to promote the progressive ideals we cherish.

Be kind to a stranger.  Love one another.  Listen with intent to understand, not merely intent to reply.  Remember that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, and the majority of America does not support the hate that Trump promoted. 

As Hillary Clinton said,  “This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it.”

Best,

Anne Murdaugh

Chair, Democratic Party of Denver