Voter Guide and Town Hall PDF Print E-mail

Voting for the 2012 Election is about to begin as ballots are being mailed out as I type this newsletter.  The campaigns across the state are in full gear working to get out the vote.  Besides the candidates there are also several ballot questions we will be voting on in Colorado and in Denver.  The following is my suggestions for the election for people living in House District 2:


President:           Barack Obama
Congress:           Dianne DeGette
CU Regent:         Steve Ludwig
State Senator:    Irene Aguilar
State Rep:          Mark Ferrandino (I know you're shocked by this one)

Ballot Questions:
Amendment S:    Yes
Amendment 65:   Yes
DPS 3A and 3B:    Yes 
Denver 2A:          Yes

Note: I have not taken a position on Amendment 64.

TOWN HALL MEETING - HD 2 Candidate Forum:

When: Wednesday, October, 17th 6-7pm

What: I have invited each of the candidate who are running for House District 2 to attend and answer questions from the audience.  I have not had confirmaiton yet from either the Republican or Libertarian candidates, but I hope that they will attend so that we can have a chance for voters to see each candidate side by side.

Where: Community Room at Hirschfeld Towers, 333 W. Ellsworth Ave, Denver, CO 80223


If you are interested in received a Mark Ferrandino Yard Sign for your yard please email me and I can make sure you receive one.  Thank you for you support.

Mark Ferrandino
House Minority Leader

The Real Start to the Campaign PDF Print E-mail

I  hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend with family and friends.


It is now September, and campaign season is in full swing.   We are between the national conventions, and State House and Senate races are hitting the neighborhoods and knocking on doors every day talking to voters about the future of our state.   This election will come down to who works the hardest over the next 2 months to talk with voters and get out the vote.   If you would like to help with the effort to take back the House please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I can provide you information of how to connect with key races around our State.

Yard Signs
- Mark Ferrandino Yard Signs are ready to be put out at every corner of House District 2.  If you would like a sign you can pick one up on my front porch at 217 W 2nd Ave, or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your address and one will be delivered to you.


Now that it is September, I will start back up my monthly town hall meetings.  The next meeting is as follows:

Ballot Initiative Overview Town Hall

WHEN: Wednesday, September, 19th 6-7pm
WHAT: Get your questions answered about the ballot initiatives we will have to vote on in November.  We will have proponents of the Denver School's Bond and Mil, the City and County of Denver De-Brucing measure, and State Referrendum S.
WHERE: Community Room at Hirschfeld Towers, 333 W. Ellsworth Ave, Denver, CO 80223


Mark Ferrandino

Cancer Stinks PDF Print E-mail


Most of the time when I am writing my newsletter I am trying to decide what political or policy news I should talk about.  But today I wanted to write about something different.

Early in the summer, a close friend, Dave Misner was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Dave is an amazing person, who is full of energy and laughter, even as he writes people parking tickets (yes he is a parking enforcement agent for Denver).  He is currently undergoing treatment, his spirits are high and he is a strong fighter.  You can read about Dave and his partner, Pat Steadman from an article written by the Denver Post.  

Cancer really does stink, there is not ryhme nor reason to it.  It does not discriminate based on race, age, or sexual orientation, it just comes at random, and has a major impact.  I have seen many people go through cancer, including in my family, and it is never easy.

Over the past few months the support and love for Dave and Pat has been amazing to see.  During difficult times it is great to see the human spirit shine brightly.  We all get consumed in our own lives and problems, but during times like this you truly remember what is important, family and friends.  

Dave and Pat over the coming months and years will have a lot to deal with, and one of those things is mounting medical bills, and other expenses.  A group of us have setup a fund to help Dave pay for his medical bills and other expenses.  I hope you will join in supporting our amazing friend.

You can donate at: We Love Dave Fund

Mark Ferrandino



Campaign Kick Off and Pride Parade PDF Print E-mail

I want to thank everyone for your support over the past few weeks during a difficult end of both the Regular and Special Session.  Together we fought for equality for all Colorado families, and worked to ensure Democracy was allowed to work for the people of Colorado.   While we were not successful in either passing Civil Unions, or ensuring that the majorities voice could be heard, we made sure that all of Colorado knew what happened.   

If you have not read the Denver Post article that talks about what happened during the Regular and Special Session, I suggest you read it:  Anarchy, chaos behind Colorado civil unions bill may have long-lasting effects Sen Steadman also provides a very detailed summary at his blog on his website.


I also want to let you know about two imporant upcoming events:


Join Rep Mark Ferrandino and supporters to officially kick-off his re-election campaign. A casual ice cream social in the park.  The event will feature Rep Ferrandino serving up ice cream to guests from Sweet Action. 

WHEN: Sunday June 10th 2:00-4:00 PM
WHERE: Alamo Placito Park (3rd and Emerson)

Host Committee: Jerry Johnson, Will Coyne, Totsy Rees, Adam Eichberg, Anne McGihon, Jessica Wolfe, Jessica Morgan, Mary Alice Mandarich, 

Committee still in formation....(join today by donating at

Suggested donation: 
$200 Hosts
$100 Co-Hosts
$50 Supporters
$25 Guests

You can make your donation online at




I am honored to have been selected with the other openly LGBT legislators to serve as a Grand Marshall for this years Pride Parade.  I need your help, I will be having a banner and supporters walking with the Stonewall Democrats!!!   If you are interested in helping to carry the Ferrandino Banner or a yard sign in the parade, please email me at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


WHEN: Sunday June 17th, arrive at the park by 9:00 AM
WHERE: Starts at Cheesman Park (13th and Franklin) and ends at Civic Center Park


Thank You,
Mark Ferrandino
House Minority Leader

An Un-Civil Debate on Civil Unions PDF Print E-mail



Tuesday was the most disappointing day of my legislative career. Speaker Frank McNulty and Majority Leader Amy Stephens, leaders of the 33-32 Republican majority in the House, knew that my bill establishing civil unions in Colorado had the bipartisan support needed to become law. They oppose civil unions. So instead of allowing an up-or-down vote, they shut down the democratic process, ran out the clock on the legislative session and prevented the elected representatives of the people of Colorado from performing their constitutional duty.

The Speaker throughout the whole process said the civil unions would get a fair hearing, but when he had the chance to allow that to happen, he instead played games.  On Tuesday night he and the Republican leadership decided to fillibuster other bills, and eventually just recess the House when Democrats and Republicans together tried to force them to bring civil unions up for a vote.

Civil unions is about obtaining a measure of equality for all couples in Colorado. It’s about respecting the democratic process. And it’s about respecting the will of the majority of the people of Colorado, who support civil unions.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is giving Reps. McNulty and Stephens a lesson in leadership by calling a special session to repair what they destroyed. I will do everything I can to support civil unions and the other key bills that were innocent bystanders on the night the GOP car-bombed democracy.


Special Session - The session will start Monday at 10:00 AM, with a rally for Civil Unions occurring on Monday at 9:00 AM on the West Steps of the Capitol.  Civil union legislation will likely be heard in the first House Committee sometime Monday, and likely will be in the Old Supreme Court.  Follow me on twitter to keep updated:!/markferrandino



End of Session Town Hall

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16th, 6-7pm
WHAT: The 2012 Legislative Session will be concluded on May 9th.  Join Rep Ferrandino, and Senator Aguilar as they provide a  wrap up of the legislative session and special session, and answer your questions.
WHERE: Community Room at Hirschfeld Towers, 333 W. Ellsworth Ave, Denver, CO 80223 (map)



Join Rep Mark Ferrandino and supporters to officially kick-off my re-election campaign. A casual ice cream social in the park. The event will feature Rep Ferrandino serving up ice cream to guests from Sweet Action.

When:  Sunday, June 10th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Alamo Placito Park (3rd and Emerson)

Suggested donation:
$100 Hosts
$50 Supporters
$25 Guests

You can donate online at:

Thank You,
Mark Ferrandino
House Minority Leader

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