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August 26, 2022 1:53 pm MST

Perlmutter's Final "Government in the Grocery" Event

  • by: Colorado Pols
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County)

Democrat Ed Perlmutter, who is retiring this year after serving eight terms in Congress representing Jefferson County, will hold his final “Government in the Grocery” event on Saturday.

Via a press release from Perlmutter’s office:

On Saturday, August 27th, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) will hold his final Government in the Grocery event. A signature event of the office, Perlmutter started the Government in the Grocery program when he first took office in 2007 in order to better hear from constituents and meet with them one-on-one in their local community. The first Government in the Grocery was held on January 27, 2007 in Wheat Ridge. Over the years, Perlmutter has held 105 Government in the Grocery events and 22 office hours, including virtually during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout these events, the office has helped approximately 3,370 people across cities such as Aurora, Brighton, Arvada, Edgewater, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Commerce City, Westminster, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Bennet, and Thornton…

…While the average attendance ranges from 20 to 30 people, some Government in the Grocery events have seen upward of 200 people. For example, in 2009 during the Affordable Care Act debate and in 2017 after President Trump first took office. Over the years, Perlmutter has met with hundreds of constituents during these informal meetings on topics ranging from jobs, mortgage issues, the economy, Veteran issues, national budget, national security, Medicare, debt, education, medical research, health care, human rights, animal rights, war and many others. Ideas for legislation, support for legislation, constituent assistance and more have resulted from these meetings.

Perlmutter’s “Government in the Grocery” events were an ideal symbol of a Congressman who never forgot the importance of being available to his constituents. Perlmutter first started holding his grocery store meetings in 2007, and continued them throughout his tenure in Congress (pausing only after Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was seriously wounded in a shooting at a grocery store in January 2011).

Perlmutter’s final grocery store event will be held on Saturday at the Safeway store on 9160 W. Colfax Avenue in Lakewood from 10:00 am – Noon.


5 thoughts on “Perlmutter’s Final “Government in the Grocery” Event

  1. It is not too early to talk about what made Ed popular even if he has a few months left in Congress.  This goes back a few years, but is very typical of him.  I had come into D.C. for some reason and decided to pop in the House office building to say Hi to a few representatives.  House was in session so I knew it would be hit and miss.

    On my list was of course Ed.  I walk in and literally did not see any familiar faces, so I just signed the guest book.  I turned around and he had just walked in.  Ed says "Pam", I say "Ed" and he gave me a nice hug.  We chatted for a few minutes and it was time to let him get back to his busy schedule.

    1. In 2008, when Jeffco Dems turned Jeffco blue for Obama, we had a storefront on west Colfax. We worked pretty hard calling, knocking doors, entering data, and the storefront was always busy.
      Ed Perlmutter arranged for a West Metro fire truck to come by the storefront one afternoon, and we all got to indulge our inner 8 year olds climbing all over the truck, and taking pictures on it. Ed was in the middle of it like a big kid himself.
      It was just a fun break in the middle of a stressful time.

  2. Ed will be remembered as the hardest-working member of Congress during his tenure. Although I was never in his district, he always represented me, and Colorado.

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