Albus Brooks Announces Re-Election Bid
Councilman Albus Brooks has filed for re-election, asking the voters to partner with him for a third term on Denver’s City Council. The two-term incumbent, who also served two terms as the Denver City Council President, is seeking his third term to represent the residents of Denver’s 9th City Council District. Councilman Brooks’ political career started in 2011 with a write-in campaign against 38 challengers, where his message of “Connecting Diverse Communities” resonated from the grassroots to grass tops. Since taking office, Councilman Brooks has pursued policies that reflect his heart for Denver’s marginalized youth, and help build housing & economic opportunity for all.
Serving as co-chairs of the campaign are former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and former Colorado State Representative Hon. Wilma Webb. Serving with them are philanthropists and local business leaders, Matthew and Priya Burkett.
“District 9 deserves a leader with political experience and a heart for the community. Albus knows what the community needs and how to get it done,” noted Hon. Wilma Webb. “I’ve seen Albus in action, and have been impressed with what he has been able to accomplish serving the cityoncouncil. As a leader of Denver and as a District 9 constituent, I strongly urge my neighbors to support his campaign and give him a third term in office,” added Hon. Wellington Webb.
In a joint statement, the Burkett’s shared their support for Brooks. “We appreciate the way Councilman Brooks continues to invest in the lives of the families and supports education in our community. His work on Denver’s first affordable housing fund and the bill he sponsored to create a sustainable funding for Denver’s Preschool Program are examples of why District 9 needs him. He is close enough to us to understand our current needs and far enough ahead of us to guide us into the future.” The former Chief of Staff for State Representative James Coleman and Constituent Advocate & Community Liaison for US Senator Michael Bennet, Kwon Atlas, has been named the Campaign Manager.
Jena Griswold ElectedColora-do’s Next Secretary Of State
Colorado elects a Democratic Secretary of State for the first time since 1958 as Jena Griswold was declared the winner in the Colorado Secretary of State’s race. Incumbent Wayne Williams called Jena to congratulate her on her victory and to concede the race.
Jena Griswold will be the first Democrat elected as Secretary of State since 1958. Griswold was the only women nominated in the primarytostatewide executive office, and is the first Democratic women ever elected as Colorado Secretary of State. Despite being a first-time candidate, the campaign broke fundraising records and had a record number of volunteers.
Jena Griswold began her victory speech by thanking her opponent, “I want to thank Wayne Williams. We should all applaud his years of service to our state.”
She outlined her priorities as Colorado’s next Secretary of State, “We must ensure that every singlevoterbe heard–black or white; old or young, Republican, Democrat or Independent. Colorado can start down this path by expanding automatic voter registration. We must reduce the power of dark money in our elections so that special interests and the billionaire class don’t drown out our voices with endless secret political spending.”
Griswold, 34, grew up in Estes Park, Colorado. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in Politics and Spanish Literature from Whitman College. She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Griswold previously practiced international anti-corruption law in Washington, D.C. and served as Director of Governor Hickenlooper’s D.C. Office. She is a small business owner and lives in Louisville.
LEAP Launches New Online Application for Heating Assistance Program
Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) will kick-off the 2018-19 season with a new online application process for individuals and families needing heating assistance. Enrollment for the 2018-19 programs started November 1 and continues through April 30.
“With the new online application process, individuals can apply from any device, or they can still visit one of our county locations,” said Theresa Kullen, LEAP manager. “We believe everyone who needs assistance is going to find this is easier, takes less time and overall the whole process is more efficient.” Applications can be accessed throughLEAP’s website at www.colorado.gov/cdhs/LEAP, which links to the state’s CO PEAK system for online application, which consolidates resources in one easy-to-use location. For program eligibility, candidates must pay home heating costs directly to a utility company or landlord as part of their rent, be a permanent legal resident of the United States and Colorado or have a legal U.S. citizen in the household. A family household income cannot surpass 165 percent of the federal poverty index. If approved, LEAP payments are usually made directly to the primary heating vendor and a notice is sent to individuals regarding the benefit amount.
Last year, approximately 65,000 applications were approved with assistance averaging $337 to $674 across the state. Other benefits provided by the program include repair or replacement of a home’s primary heating system. To determine the monthly income eligibility according to the household size, visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/program-eligibility.
LEAP is a federally-funded program that helps Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter. “For those not comfortable with online processes, applications can still be faxed, mailed or delivered to the appropriate county/contractor LEAP office,” said Kullen. For more information call Heat Help at 1-866-432-8435.