Colorado Democrats will be selecting delegates to the August national convention this weekend in Colorado Springs. Several of the state’s congressional districts picked their delegates this past weekend. At times, it was less than cordial.
Among the regular, non-superdelegates is Joe Beaver of Lakewood. He sought the position based on his interest in long term health care for the disabled. He did not seek to be a delegate based on candidate preference.
Beaver is confined to a wheelchair because of post-polio syndrome. He contracted polio when he was 6 years old and walked for most of his life with a cane. He said with the aging baby boomer population more and more people are going to need care and they want options other than nursing homes.
With the heightened interest in this year’s Democratic primary, perhaps more non-party insiders like Joe Beaver should consider running for office. The Denver Post reports that 25% of the Colorado legislators are not going to run for re-election next year, mostly because of term limits.