Community organizer Tim Hernández selected to serve as Denver’s House District 4 state rep.

“I am happy to say today that the people of HD4 elected a teacher, a Chicano and a Northsider.”
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House District 4 candidate Tim Hernández stands in front of his aunt’s home, where he grew up in Denver’s northside. Aug. 1, 2023.
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Tim Hernández was selected Denver's newest state representative on Saturday by a committee of Democrats tasked with filling the vacant seat after its incumbent, Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, was elected to the Denver City Council earlier this year.

Hernández will represent House District 4, which includes Northwest and West Denver. He beat out retired appellate judge Cecelia Espenoza and former House District 50 state Rep. Rochelle Galindo.

"The people of Denver's Northside and Westside deserve a representative who has lived experiences with our community's struggles. I am happy to say today that the people of HD4 elected a teacher, a Chicano and a Northsider," said Hernández. "I am hopeful and excited that we will work to dismantle oppressive policies in Colorado and in the communities I have the privilege of representing."

Hernández is an ethnic and Chicano studies high school teacher in Aurora, who previously said he didn't necessarily envision himself running for office.

Hernández's three focuses are education, gun violence protection and housing.

Hernández main campaign focus was improving schools through more funding, higher teacher pay and encouraging unionization.

"As a lifelong resident of the Northside, I am proud to stand today with community and vacancy members, having fulfilled our duty to elect the new House District 4 State Representative, Tim Hernández," said Emma Bliesener, chair of House District 4. "Special thanks to the precinct organizers for their commitment to the North and West sides of Denver and for engaging in this process alongside us. We look forward to working with Representative Hernández in the fight for progress, inclusivity and amplifying our collective voice at the state level."

Before the vote Saturday afternoon by the vacancy committee, formed by Democratic precinct organizers, community members were able to attend a committee meeting and forum at Regis University where candidates answered questions from area council members, party officers and the audience.

Hernández will begin his official legislative duties when he is sworn in by Secretary of State Jena Griswold. This will take place after votes are certified.

The public can stay up to date on upcoming meetings and events where they can meet directly with Hernández by following House District 4's website.

Desiree Mathurin contributed to this report.

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