THE BLOG
10/28/2016 01:21 pm ET Updated Oct 26, 2017

Little-Known Race Deserves More of the Spotlight

It's great to see a few of our city's big bad news outlets (CPR, Denver Post, Fox 31 Denver, and KMGH-TV Denver 7) finally getting around to covering Arvada's state senate race, which will likely determine control of Colorado government.

But follow-up stories on this strange and critical race are badly needed.

The candidates, Republican Laura Woods and Democrat Rachel Zenzinger, aren't being challenged sufficiently on their stances on the issues (See some of their positions, on abortion to guns, here) or on the politics of the race. Some outlets have returned to the races a few times in coverage, which is good, but more attention is required. Some of our state's most prestigious news entities have essentially dropped the ball on the race.

I'm not saying Aurora's congressional race, our ballot measures, or other races aren't important too, but if political journalists want to help voters understand what's at stake this election cycle, they should turn their attention repeatedly to Senate District 19 in Arvada/Westminster.

Here's a video to emphasize the point.