I’ve gotten a couple of emails asking how people can figure out which House and Senate districts they live in, now that the boundaries have been redrawn and the election is imminent. And it’s not easy information to find. And it can be complicated, because some people have new senators and representatives, and some people don’t.
But here’s how:
First, the most obvious and easiest way to get all your information is to check out The Gazette’s voter guide. You can find your legislative candidates specifically here. But if you want to explore the process on your own, then read on.
Check out this government website. Enter your address, and hit Go. A red diamond should come up on the map. Click on the diamond to make sure it’s the right address, and look around on the map at the streets surrounding it, just to make sure it’s the right location. On the left-hand side of the site page is a list of different district options, including 10-year-old district maps that applied until this year. For your NEW legislative districts, click either State Senate 2012 or State House of Representatives 2012. Boundaries should come up automatically on the map, and if you click anywhere within the boundary, the map will tell you which district you live in.
For example, if you type in The Gazette’s address, 30 S. Prospect St., I’ll find that the office is in House District 18 and Senate District 11. The IRRITATING part is that the site won’t tell you WHO represents those districts. Which means you have to go to an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT SITE to find out who your legislators are.
So if you aren’t sure about that, click here, to visit the state Legislature’s site. You can’t find the names of NEW legislators for the NEW districts, or the candidates for the new districts, but you can find the old ones. (I’ve listed the current ones below.)
But the site has contact information for all legislators, including representatives and senators. To search legislators by DISTRICT, click here. Search options for both the Senate and the House will show up on the left, and one of the choices listed is “by district.” Click that.
Then the site will list the last names of legislators numerically. If you click on any of the names, the site will give you further information on that legislator. So The Gazette’s senator, in SD 11, is Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs. And The Gazette’s representative, in HD 18, is Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs. Those are two that haven’t changed since the maps have been redrawn.
All of this is stupidly complex and painful, so don’t feel bad if you don’t immediately get it all down. I’ve tried to explain it here as best I can. If you’re still confused, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll try to help.
Also, here is a list of the legislators, by the new district numbers, who represent at least some of El Paso County. The list includes incumbents and likely winners in highly Republican districts, and indicates the only three local races with Republican and Democratic candidates.
SD 2: Kevin Grantham, R, incumbent
SD 9: Kent Lambert, R, incumbent
SD 10: Owen Hill, R, candidate
SD 11: John Morse, D, incumbent
SD 12: Bill Cadman, R, incumbent
House District 14: Dan Nordberg, R, candidate
House District 15: Mark Waller, R, incumbent
House District 16: Janak Joshi, R, incumbent
House District 17: Mark Barker, R, incumbent, v. Tony Exum, D, candidate
House District 18: Pete Lee, D, incumbent, v. Jennifer George, R, candidate
House District 19: Amy Stephens, R, incumbent
House District 20: Bob Gardner, R, incumbent, v. Michael Goldsborough, D, candidate
House District 21: Lois Landgraf, R, candidate
Another route is to contact local party headquarters and ask them.
The office number of the El Paso County Republican Party is 719-578-0022. Their website is www.gopelpaso.com, and they have a long list of Republican candidates on it.
The office number of the El Paso County Democratic Party is 719-473-8713. Their website is www.peakdems.org.