Senate District 33 Vacancy Election Resource Page

Senate President Peter Groff has accepted an appointment in the Secretary of Education’s office as Director of The Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Center.  Sen. Groff will complete the current session in the Colorado Assembly and begin his new job in the Obama Administration the following week.

Senate District 33 will hold a Vacancy Committee election to fill the seat and complete the term.  The election is scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2009 at Smiley Middle School.  Members of the Vacancy Committee should have recieved notice in the mail regarding this election.  Details will be posted on this site as they become available.

Anyone who would like to express their interest in being a candidate may contact Senate District Chair Chris Martinez at chrismartinez80239@yahoo.vcom or by phone at (303) 373-5311.

Senate District 33 Vacancy Committee

Members of the Vacancy Committee include the members of the Denver County Central Committee who live in Senate District 33.

Candidate Forum

All of the declared candidates participated in a candidate forum to address the Vacancy Committee membes and the general public.  In addition to prepared statements, the candidates took questions from the audience and from the moderator, Democratic Party of Denver Chair Cindy Lowery.

Click here to see videos of the candidates prepared statements and their responses to seven questions at the Forum.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Park Hill United Methodist Church at 5209 Montview Blvd.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m., and the forum will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 

Questions?  E-mail Cindy Lowery at

Vacancy Committee Meeting

Monday, May 11, 2009
Smiley Middle School, 2540 Holly Street, Denver 

The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m., with registration starting at 6:00 p.m.

This is a list of people who have personally stated their desire to be considered for Sen. Groff’s seat in e-mails received by Senate District Chair Chris Martinez at Candidate order was determined by random lot. 

Click on a candidate’s name to be taken to the candidate’s page on our website. 

Anthony Graves
(303) 579-7062, 

Rosemary Marshall
(303) 355-5400,

Mike Johnston
(720) 838-7633,

Renee Blanchard
(303) 371-3453,

Video of Candidate Speeches at the House District 8 Spagheti Dinner, Saturday April 18

Each of the four candidates who had declared their candidacy at the time of the Spagheti Dinner addresed those in attendance with three-minute speeches. 

Click here to view the videos of the speeches. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Vacancy Election Process

Click here for 18 important FAQs about the proposed Senate District 33 Vacancy Election procedures.

For further information about becoming a candidate or confirming your status as a Vacancy Committee Member, contact Senate District 33 Chair Chris Martinez at or by phone at (303) 373-5311.