According to Denver law, the city must be redistricted at least once every 10 years to ensure that each Council member is representing a similar number of residents so that the concept of “one person, one vote” is maintained. In 2011, City Council refigured the boundaries for Denver’s 11 City Council districts. These new boundaries will take effect along with the next election, May 5, 2015.
Based on the most recent census data, the new District 6 will include 55,921 people, of which 10.7% are Hispanic, 76.7% Caucasian and 5.5% African American. The averages citywide are: 31.8% Hispanic, 52.2% Caucasian and 9.7% African American. The total population of Denver at the time of redistricting was estimated to be 600,158, with the average district size 54,560.
Following the May 2015 elections, District 6 will represent the following neighborhoods: (from west to east) Harvard Gulch/Rosedale, Washington Park, University, Bonnie Brae, Cory-Merrill, University Park, Virginia Village/Ellis, Virginia Vale, Cook Park and Indian Creek. These neighborhoods are represented by some 20 registered neighborhood organizations. Portions of the new District 6 stretch as far west as Broadway, east past Quebec St., as far north as Speer Blvd., and south to Dartmouth Ave.
District 6 is blessed with a rich diversity in housing stock and retail shopping districts, some of Denver’s most beautiful parkland and one of Colorado’s premiere educational institutions, the University of Denver.