Colorado 50-50 is partnering again with Vote Run Lead to bring the Run As You Are training to Colorado. The full-day campaign training for women will be held on Saturday, May 18, at the WeWork location in downtown Denver.
This year’s training is especially exciting because it is part of Vote Run Lead’s National Day of Training being held in 18 cities around the country. As the United States’s largest and most diverse national women’s training organization, Vote Run Lead is uniquely positioned to train women to run as they are.
Joining the Denver team are State Senator Faith Winter, State Representative Dominique Jackson and Community Organizer Erin Hottenstein.
Are you wondering if you should attend? Yes – if you have ever been curious about running for office. Yes – if you know you are going to run in 2019, 2020, or the next five years. Yes – if you are volunteering for a woman candidate and you want to know more about campaigns. Yes – if you would like to learn campaign nuts and bolts and then find a woman candidate to help.
#RunAsYouAre2019 will not only be inspiring and uplifting, but chock-full of practical information and steps you can take to run a successful campaign. You will also spend the day with a room full of incredible and dynamic women.
About 75 people attended the April 30 Colorado premiere of Councilwoman, a new documentary about a Dominican-American hotel housekeeper who runs for office in Providence, Rhode Island. After watching the film, the audience participated in both small- and large-group discussions.
Learn more about our May 18 Run As You Are training! We’ll be holding a casual information session in Colorado Springs on Friday, April 26. We’ll be gathering at 12 PM at the Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N Tejon St. Come a few minutes early if you want to grab yourself some lunch.
Colorado 50-50 and VoteRunLead are partnering to bring Run As You Are to Denver. It is a daylong workshop for women who want to run for office and support other women who want to run. VoteRunLead’s signature “How to Run for Office” trainings will be in 18+ cities across the country, led by VoteRunLead’s national certified trainers.
Join us to learn more about the training. Feel free to bring anyone you think may be interested in such a great opportunity! We hope to see you there!
Total Running Time: 56:53 – Spanish/English with English subtitles
Film synopsis: Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, grandmothers, union members and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changes that when she wins a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo is a Dominican City Councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms, as she takes on her new role in politics. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.
Tiempo total del documental: 56:53 – en español / inglés con subtítulos en inglés
Sinopsis de la película: los políticos no suelen ser camareras de hotel, abuelas, miembros del sindicato e inmigrantes que trabajan a tiempo completo en el sector del trabajo. Pero Carmen Castillo cambia eso cuando gana un asiento en el Concejo Municipal en Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo es una concejala Dominicana que mantiene su trabajo de limpieza de habitaciones de hotel, mientras asume su nuevo papel en la política. Se enfrenta a escépticos que dicen que no tiene la educación para gobernar, el poder de los intereses corporativos que se oponen a su lucha por un salario de $15 por hora en la ciudad y una reelección difícil contra dos contendientes: todo esto a la vez que se equilibran los desafíos de administrar un trabajo a tiempo completo limpiando habitaciones de hotel y una relación personal. Es un viaje tras bambalinas de la política después de la victoria.
A big thank you to everyone who came out for our Spring Social at Lady Justice Brewing in Denver! It was great meeting women elected officials, candidates, surrogates for candidates, and the folks who want to see more women in leadership. Our gratitude goes out to our special guests: State Senator Julie Gonzales, former Colorado Speaker of the House and U.S. Congress candidate Crisanta Duran, Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech, U.S. Senate candidate Danielle Kombo, U.S. Senate candidate Lorena Garcia, U.S. Senate candidate Trish Zornio, Denver mayoral candidate Kalyn Heffernan and Denver City Council candidate Christine Alonzo.
Please join us for a casual networking event with women elected officials and candidates. Our special guests include former Speaker of the Colorado House and current Congressional candidate Crisanta Duran, State Representative Yadira Caraveo, current U.S. Senate candidate Lorena Garcia, current U.S. Senate candidate Danielle Kombo, and State Senator Julie Gonzales.
The event is free! You buy your own brew. Donations supporting the work of Colorado 50-50 will be gladly accepted. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 28, 6-8 PM, at Lady Justice Brewing, 3845 Lipan St., in Denver.
To RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/371918456873033/
Please join us for a casual networking event with women elected officials and candidates. It’s free and you can buy your own brew. Donations supporting the work of Colorado 50-50 will be gladly accepted. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 28, 6 PM, at Lady Justice Brewing, 3845 Lipan St., in Denver.
To RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/371918456873033/
Colorado 50-50 was happy to present our third Winning With Women – this time in Greeley on November 29, 2018. It was a great turnout with about 50 attendees, plus our fabulous panelists. Stacy Suniga (Greeley City Council), Carly Koppes (Weld Clerk and Recorder) and Rochelle Galindo (formerly on Greeley City Council and recently elected State Representative) shared their journeys. We were grateful to hear their stories and advice about getting on a path to leadership.
For the first time, there will be gender parity at the Colorado State House. What’s more, if a woman wins in one more close race, women will be the majority in that chamber.
Colorado 50-50, a group encouraging women to run for office in Colorado, has been tracking the number of women candidates running in 2018. In state house races, there were 142 candidates, including 62 women candidates, meaning 43.7% of candidates were female.
Currently, it appears that 33 women have won house seats. The race in House District 27 is very close, but since it is a woman vs. woman race, a woman will take the seat. The race in House District 47 is also close and is male vs. female. Ballots are still being counted and elections are yet to be certified, so things could change, but the results are promising.
“For the first time in Colorado’s history, women may be in the majority in the state house,” says Erin Hottenstein, founder of Colorado 50-50. “We got close to gender parity in 2015 and 2016, when there were 30 women serving, but now it looks like Colorado has finally achieved it.”
“We are thrilled that the hard work of these women candidates is paying off,” Hottenstein says. “Voters of all walks of life have responded positively to seeing candidates that mirror their community.”
The state senate is a slightly different story. Even with quite a few new women candidates winning their races, it appears that 12 women will serve in that chamber. The record, according to tallies kept by the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University, was 17 women in 2011 and 2012.