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House District 9

Welcome to House District 9 !! We meet on the fourth Saturday of each month - from 9:15 AM (Social) / 9:30 AM (Meeting Starts) - 11:00AM at Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard Avenue - northeast corner of Monaco and Hampden. Social Time / Refreshments at 9:15 am. Come early to visit your HD9 friends and neighbors.

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Upcoming HD9 Events

HD9 Democrats - January 26

WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Calvary Baptist Church - 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver, CO 80222 (NE Corner S. Monaco Parkway @ E. Hampden Ave.)

9:00AM Doors Open / 9:15AM Social / 9:30AM Meeting Starts
Come Early - Bring A Friend / Neighbor!  Visit with HD9 Officers, PCPs, Elected Officials, Other Grassroots Activists, Candidates - And Your Neighbors... And If You’d Like… Bring A Snack to Share!
  • What Is The Upcoming February 9, 2019 DPOD ReOrganization All About? 
        Electing County Officers / Electing HD, SD and Sub-District Officers, LOTS of OPPORTUNITIES to PARTICIPATE - Platform / Public Policy / Rules /
        Credentials / Tech / Get-Out-The-Vote / Diversity and Outreach / MORE 
  • Our Elected Representatives - Rep. Emily Sirota / Sen. Robert Rodriguez / Sen. Lois Court - WITH The Latest from the Capitol
  • DENVER CITY COUNCIL-AT-LARGE Candidates - Debbie Ortega / Robin Kniech / Tony Pigford
  • Open Mike – Your Views and Opinions as We Look to 2019 (and 2020)!!

HD9 State Representative

Emily Sirota

Emily Sirota is a social worker and proud progressive Democrat with years of experience working in government and in the southeast Denver community.She represents HD9 and serves on the Energy and Environment Committee and the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Commitee. She was elected in 2018 succeeding Paul Rosenthal.

Term(s) in office: 2019-2010 Phone: 303-866-2910 Website:

HD9 Officers

Chair: Chadd Hird
Vice-Chair: Vacant
Secretary: Kristen Seidel

House Sub-District 9A

Captain: Lydia Guzman

Co-Captain: Juliette Hidahl

Finance Chair: Geoff Withers
House Sub-District 9B

Captain: Jamie Sarche

Co-Captain: Jean Richards

Finance Chair: Jan Tyler

HD9 News

HD9 MultiCounty Assembly Selects State Representative Primary Ballot Candidates

Delegates to the April 7 House District 9 MultiCounty Assembly Select State Representative Primary Ballot Candidates!! 

Here are the vote counts and % from the HD9 State Representative Multi-County Assembly... and post-assembly comments from each candidate. To qualify for a position on the June 26 Primary Election ballot, 30% was required. (HD9 Includes Primarily SE Denver County Precincts - as well as a handful of Arapahoe County Precincts - Including Glendale.) 

Ashley Wheeland - 32 / 39.5%
Emily Sirota - 29 / 35.8%
Paul Rosenthal - 20 / 24.7%

As with EVERY election... EVERY VOTE COUNTS!!



From Paul Rosenthal:

Well, we had a good run for reelection, and our campaign was based on the issues. We kept it clean, were thoughtful, discussed my successful six years as a member of the House. Unfortunately we didn't cross the finish line and weren't put on the ballot at the Democratic assembly. I will continue to work hard for the community, and will keep you updated. In the meantime I have a lot to do as a legislator through the end of the year for the people of House District 9. Thanks to all my supporters but especially my campaign manager Meredith Small and aide Deborhah Dreith Calloway.

From Ashley Wheeland:

We are so honored and proud to have not only officially made the ballot, but will be placed on the top! Come celebrate with us as we kick this campaign off to the next phase and all the way to the legislature.
Ashley Wheeland has been working in advocacy and policy for women and the undeserved her whole career. She has cultivated relationships with grassroots leaders and legislators which will put her in a unique position to be ready to get work done from day one.

As a true Grassroots campaign, fueled by the people of Colorado, we are asking you to join our movement! Join our kick-off party and see how you can help the campaign's momentum continue.

From Emily Sirota:

BREAKING NEWS: I have officially made the Democratic primary ballot, after our strong showing at the House District 9 Multi-County Assembly this morning! Our support was so strong that incumbent Rep. Paul Rosenthal did not receive enough votes to make the ballot.

After years of hard work in government, early childhood education and community organizing, I am SO GRATEFUL to receive so much support from House District 9 Democrats. In this election, hundreds of volunteers and grassroots donors are joining our campaign for progressive change because they know the status quo is unacceptable.

I am not a professional politician or political insider -- I am a working mom who rejects corporate PAC money and who has a proven record fighting for this community. Together, this people-powered campaign is going to win this election and bring this fight for our progressive values to the state legislature.

You can watch the speech I gave at this morning’s assembly. We have a lot of work to do for the June 26th primary -- join our campaign at

We thank Representative Paul Rosenthal for his 6 years of service - including through the balance of the current session and the remainder of his term - and look forward to a robust and informative primary election campaign!  



Another Well Attended 2018 Candidate Forum!

Nearly 100 Attend HD9's 3rd Candidate Forum In Preparation for the Upcoming Caucus and the 2018 Mid-Term Election! A Full House Listened Attentively to Presentations and Q & A from Attorney General Candidates Brad Levin, Amy Padden, Joe Salazar and Phil Weiser, Treasurer Candidates Bernard Douthit, Charles Schiebe and Dave Young, Secretary of State Candidates Jena Griswold and Phillip Villard - AND HD9 State Representative Candidates Paul Rosenthal, Emily Sirota and Ashley Wheeland.

Great Questions from HD9 and the Audience - And Moderated Very Well by HD9B Retiring Co-Captain Shawn Smith and HD9 Chair Chadd Hird.
HD9B PCP's Elected Jamie Sarche to Fill the Shoes of Retiring Captain Shawn Smith - who is Relocating to Northwest Denver - and HD4. Best to Shawn and to Jamie!

Nearly 100 Attend Governor Candidate Forum!

An OVERFLOW crowd attended the HD9 Democratic Governor Candidate Forum on January 28. The candidates made brief introductory comments, then responded to a wide range of questions from the audience - and an interesting series of "lightning round" questions - where only Yes / No answers were allowed. Up next: Our candidate forum on February 24 - featuring the candidates for Attorney General, Secretary of State and Treasurer.  

Caucus Turn-Out - BIG NUMBERS!!

Here are the very unofficial turn-out numbers for the HD9 Caucus events - as measured by preference poll tallies only - and does not include campaign representatives, visitors, observers, interested folks and others:

HD9A at Hamilton Middle School - Precincts 901 - 918:  1,294

HD9B at Thomas Jefferson High School - Precincts 919 - 938: 1,067 

So... if you thought it was a little crowded, and busy!! You were right!!


Memorial Service for Carolyn Stoffel

We are sad to report that the Denver Democratic Party has lost a tireless advocate in Carolyn Stoffel. She passed away on April 28th . She and her husband John helped to build a strong base for the Democratic Party in southeast Denver and she will be missed greatly by all who were fortunate enough to know and love her.

Sincerest heartfelt condolences to the Stoffel Family.

 Please join her husband John Stoffel for a Memorial Service at the Three Fountains Condominium Clubhouse, 3286 S. Oneida Way, Denver, CO 80224, May 7 2015 at 7pm.

John has requested no flowers or food, please just attend the service.