The Year of the Mature Woman

Rep. Beth McCann and prosecutor Helen Morgan are running for Denver district attorney. (SOS photo)
No matter what happens Election Night, Denver will elect its first woman district attorney. Running are Rep. Beth McCann, a Democrat, and prosecutor Helen Morgan, who is unaffiliated. (SOS photo)

UPDATE: As of Tuesday Nov. 15, almost 147,000 more women than men have voted in Colorado.

On the night of the Colorado primary, I called Democratic Rep. Lois Court of Denver to congratulate her on winning her three-way race for state Senate.

I didn’t have a dog in the fight but I had covered Court. We also talked about Rep. Beth McCann’s win over two men in her three-way Democratic primary for Denver district attorney.

“I guess it is The Year of the Woman,” I said.

“The Year of the  Mature Woman,” Court corrected me. After all, the 67-year-old had just defeated a man and a woman in their 30s.

The Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, just celebrated her 69th birthday. And there’s a chance of an increase in the number of women serving in the U.S. Senate next year.

“I like to call it the ‘Year of the Ageless Woman,'” said former House Majority Leader Amy Stephens.

Given Clinton’s nomination and some of the topics in this presidential cycle, the Colorado Secretary of State also tracked ballot returns by gender this  election. 

Denver Rep. Dan Pabon: “We believe in each other”

Speaker Pro Tem Dan Pabon, his wife Heather and their 3-year-old son Alec at the House District 4 spaghetti dinner in north Denver Saturday night.
Speaker Pro Tem Dan Pabon, his wife Heather and their 3-year-old son Alec at the House District 4 Democratic spaghetti dinner in north Denver Saturday night.

You just know a Democratic spaghetti dinner in north Denver is going to be tasty because of the neighborhood’s Italian heritage, and you know the keynote speech is going to be good when Speaker Pro Tem Dan Pabon has been tapped for the honors.

Pabon urged fellow Democrats to support the party’s presidential nominee, no matter the candidate they currently are backing.

“That’s how we are going to keep Michael Bennet in the United States Senate so he can vote up or down any Supreme Court nominee nominated by the president — no matter his or her party,” Pabon said during the House District 4 fundraiser Saturday night. “It’s how we are going to take the Colorado Senate, keep the Colorado House and how we are going to elect a Democrat to the White House.”

Two hot open races in Denver — for Denver district attorney and the University of Colorado regent in Congressional District 1– helped bolster turnout at the House District 4 dinner in the Highlands Methodist Church basement. Forty more people than had RSVP’d showed up to support Democrats and eat chef Jim Okerson’s meatballs and Italian sausage.

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