Small business owner files paperwork to run for House seat in northeast Denver

Bernard Douthit wants to replace state Rep. James Coleman, who seeking a state Senate seat.

Bernard Douthit. (Photo courtesy of Douthit's campaign)

Bernard Douthit. (Photo courtesy of Douthit's campaign)

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Community activist and small business owner Bernard Douthit on Tuesday said he filed paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination to represent northeast Denver in the General Assembly.

Douthit unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer in 2018, losing in the Democratic primary to eventual winner Dave Young. He’s now hoping to replace current House District 7 state Rep. James Coleman said this month he will challenge fellow Democrat Angela Williams to represent Senate District 33. That district includes parts of northeast and central Denver. Williams is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

Douthit wants to bring his background in finance and economics to the legislature. In a statement, he said he wants to bring more transparency to how and where taxpayer money is spent. He added that he wants to “fix TABOR and Gallagher,” while including voter’s voices in the process.

“I’ve lived in House District 7 and Northeast Denver for more than 16 years, raising my kids here and working to build up and find funding for neighborhood schools,” Douthit said in the release. “I’ve been very active for more than a decade fighting for progressive values, engaging at the grassroots level supporting issues and candidates, and working within my community to make sure we are committed to inclusivity and lifting everybody up no matter where you live in Northeast Denver.”

Douthit was born in Denver and has lived in the House district since moving there from Congress Park in 2003. He has a master’s degree in management from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently works as the principal and founder of Knudson Consulting, a local firm specializing in pricing and operational finance, according to a release from his campaign.

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