Midterm Election Results: What You Need to Know

Voters decided on the gubernatorial and congress races, as well as a variety of issues.


media by Grace Uhrain

A graphic introduces the midterm election results with a ballot box.

by Grace Uhrain, Editor in Chief

A multitude of issues, a variety of candidates, and so many different perspectives. Bubbles on a ballot get colored in before being dropped off in a ballot box and many hope their preferred candidates will win.

The midterm elections across the U.S. took place Nov. 8. In Colorado, governor Jared Polis, Senator Michael Bennet, and all members of the House of Representatives were up for re-election. 

As of Nov. 9, Democratic governor Jared Polis won re-election. According to Rocky Mountain PBS, Polis campaigned in support of universal kindergarten and abortion rights. In addition, incumbent Democratic senator Michael Bennet won his bid for re-election. Representing the 4th Congressional District (which includes Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, and much of eastern Colorado) is Republican Ken Buck.

Colorado voters also voted on several new propositions, including Proposition FF. Proposition FF would allow all public school students to receive free lunch. According to the New York Times, this proposition passed with a 55.1% vote.

Voters in Douglas County voted on Issues 5A and 5B, which did not pass. These would have allowed Douglas County School District (DCSD) to collect more money via property tax. The tax money would have gone to increase teacher pay, update school facilities, and increase career programs, according to Chalkbeat Colorado

“I am disappointed that 5A did not pass. This will continue to make it more difficult to attract, hire, retain and reward excellent staff which is the largest indicator of success within education. Ultimately, it is our students who will get less experienced and new teachers more frequently as DCSD loses experience to other school districts. Currently, the average teacher in DCSD makes $18k less than a Cherry Creek teacher teaching 10 minutes away, and many of our teachers drive right past those areas to get to Rock Canyon,” Principal Andy Abner said.

Students who had turned 18 on or before Election Day were able to vote in the midterm elections. 

“Voting for the first time was very exciting as I had just turned 18. I was excited to be a part of something that affects more than myself,” Sienna Arakawa ‘23 said. “It was really interesting to research all of the different candidates and judges and it was cool to know that my opinion was actually being taken into account.”