Adams 12 School Board Election is about regaining the trust of this board and about supporting a culture of collaboration between teachers, administrators, staff, community, and parents. The District Twelve Education Association has endorsed and is working with three candidates to get them elected to this school board. A committee of DTEA leaders selected “Isaiah” Thomas, Jamey Lockley, and Laura Mitchell to be endorsed and supported during their campaigns by the teacher’s professional organization. In addition to the three DTEA supported candidates this blog host also endorsed Jesse Briton Hamilton for school board. Jesse is a school teacher at Adams 14 and lives in the Adams 12 district. He is passionate about respect for teachers and the teaching profession. He’ll make an outstanding board member. Please remember to vote for these four candidates and to return your mail-in ballots by October 30th.
It is my pleasure to announce the Adams Ants Endorsements of Adams 12 Five Star School board candidates Seth Thomas and Jessy Hamilton. We are endorsing the races of Seth “Isaiah” Thomas and Jessy Briton Hamilton due to their progressive views on public education and their devotion to educating all students with better opportunities to learn in the classroom. Both candidates are willing to listen to their constituents and work collaboratively toward a dynamic school system.
It was a very difficult year for the Colorado Democratic Party and an even more difficult one for Adams County as they lost one seat to Republican Beth Martinez-Humenik. Despite electoral set backs in 2014, Adams County Democrats achieved legislative gains and abided by the principles and progressive values the party has endeared itself to in recent years.
An example of how well these legislators did on environmental issues is the ratings done by the Colorado Conservation voters. All Adams County state legislators scored 100% except State Senator Mary Hodge (SD25) who has consistently scored 80% throughout her legislative career. Senator Mary Hodge has been a strong supporter for progressive legislation in education, agriculture, health care and labor. She is considered an elder stateswoman of the Colorado and Adams County Democratic Parties and a mentor to the newer legislators in the State Senate. Senator Hodge has consistently scored 100% on the American Civil Liberties Union and the Women’s Lobby Scorecards. Her overall contribution to the Colorado Progressive Movement and the Adams County Democratic Party is to be praised.
Other Democratic Party legislators and fighters for progressive legislation and values are: State Representative Joseph Salazar (HD31); State Representative Dominick Moreno (HD32); State Representative Steve Lebsock (HD34); State Representative Faith Winter (HD35); and State Senator Jesse Ulibarri (SD21).
Each of these representatives is noted for sponsoring progressive legislation and advocacy for the personal rights of the individual, consumer protection, civil liberties, education and affordable health care for all.
Each of these representatives deserves the citizen’s support and thanks for their service to the people of Adams County and the State of Colorado. Thank you.
Adams County Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco is running for another term. His greatest strength is labor and workers’ rights. He is a commissioner with an eye on the future for Adams County residents, economic development and agribusiness. He felt strongly about keeping Industrial Hemp legal with the enactment of Ordinance 13, Section 3.3 which banned recreational and medical marijuana grow houses and sales, but not Industrial Hemp. He stated in a Denver Post interview that “we want to be on the forefront” of Industrial Hemp agriculture. (1)
Chaz is a noted labor rights advocate and offered his expertise while sitting on a panel to investigate whether workers for the SuperShuttle had their rights violated. After listening to the testimony the only conclusion that could be made was that not only were workers rights violated, but human rights as well. It seems these drivers endured years of harassment from bosses, falling wages and lack of due process prior to termination. Chaz offered his expertise to help these workers and any assistance they may need from the state that he could rally in their dire situation.
Chaz worked alongside his fellow commissioners to secure a deal with the City and County of Denver that will create more jobs for the citizens of Adams County and bring in more revenue. He’s done much good to repair the image and we want to see Chaz continue to promote strong workers’ rights in our county and to continue the good work that he and his fellow commissioners have done thus far. Thank you Chaz for your commitment and service to the people of Adams County.
There have been many articles about the causes or reasons for this senseless act of violence. The Adams Ants blog site send forth our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and loved ones of the nine people who perished at the Emanuel AME Church. Our greatest hope is that we not only heal the current wounds but also discuss the cause of racial hatred and begin the dismantling of structural racism and violence toward people of color.
On Saturday, June 20th, Eva Henry, her family, political supporters and friends hosted the “Sizzlin’ Hot Days” which served as both her official announcement to run for Adams County Commissioner again and as a fundraiser. Among those supporting Eva Henry’s run are the Hodges, Tonsagers, Vigils, Stevensons, and many other notable Adams County Democratic Party leaders. City council representatives from Commerce City, Brighton, Westminster, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton also attended. Her fellow commissioners Chaz Tedesco and Steve O’Dorisio were also in attendance.
Commissioner Eva Henry has and continues to champion the causes of working families struggling with poverty and families experiencing homelessness. Her advocacy and passionate drive to help those less fortunate stems from her own life experiences and struggles. She has overcome many challenges during her term and has created a fair, transparent and open county government. Commissioner Henry is a proven team player and negotiator. Along with her fellow commissioners a deal was finally struck with the City and County of Denver.
The Adams Ants are proud to endorse such a positive force on our county and in our county government. Thank you County Commissioner Eva Henry for your service to the people of Adams County!
In what will go down in history as the largest gathering in early presidential campaigning, approximately 5,500 people gathered to hear presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speak at the University of Denver’s Ritchie Center. Sanders spoke about the economy, jobs, global climate change, immigration, trade agreements, racism, livable wages, etc…all the issues that matter to progressives and liberals. There was a wide range of demographics that attended and, importantly, a large number of young men and women ages 20 to 30 years showed up to volunteer and listen to the candidate. The elderly, women, LGBT, African-Americans, Latinos, college students, and children were all present.
Sanders trails Clinton by 10% points according to recent polls. Many in attendance at the rally were saying that this is the beginning of a great movement of people toward an issues centered and truth- based campaign. Sanders is perceived as authentic and outspoken on the issues.
Sanders proclaimed that we are facing some of the greatest challenges in the history of not only our nation but of the world. He believes that this campaign is not about him but about us, the people, demanding the change we need to survive as a species and to bring the United States middle class back to its prominent role in the economy.
We will certainly here more about Sander’s campaign in the months to come; meanwhile, here is a short clip from the rally: