Democrat Elisabeth Epps is handily leading the race for House District 6

Epps, an attorney and longtime justice reform activist, is currently leading in the polls by 84.26%.
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Elisabeth Epps is running for a seat in the state legislature.
Jessie Broom

Democrat Elisabeth Epps is currently winning the House District 6 seat by a wide margin.

Though results are not final, Epps is leading her Republican opponent, Donald D. Howell with about 84% of the vote.

District 6 covers the eastern portion of Denver, including Capital Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, East Colfax, Hale, Lowry and Windsor. The area leans heavily towards Democrats and redistricting didn't change that.

Epps is an attorney, longtime justice reform activist and community organizer.

She's founded the Colorado Freedom Fund, a nonprofit that bails out people who otherwise can't afford to post bond. Prior to those efforts, she helped raise more than $25,000 to post bond for mothers held in the Denver jail system on Mother's Day.

Epps has had her own experiences with the justice system. In 2015 she was arrested and later convicted of obstructing a peace officer while trying to help a man experiencing a mental health crisis. The case spent years on appeal before Epps was sentenced to 27 days with work release in January 2019. The case ultimately raised her profile and led her to work with Democratic Rep. Leslie Herod to pass bail reform and jail reform bills.

Recently, Epps and 11 others brought a lawsuit against the city and county of Denver over police misconduct during the George Floyd protests that resulted in a $14 million jury verdict.

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