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Rising political star Amber McReynolds leaving Denver elections post

Author: Joey Bunch - July 27, 2018 - Updated: July 27, 2018

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Amber McReynoldsAmber McReynolds (Via Facebook)

A potential candidate being sized up by insiders to run for Denver city clerk next year, then possibly higher office has her own plans.

Amber McReynolds, Denver’s ubiquitous director of elections, is leaving Aug. 18 to become executive director of the National Vote at Home Institute and Coalition.

McReynolds has worked in the Denver city clerk’s office for 13 years, including seven during which she ran the city’s elections. Her last days serving Denver citizens is Aug. 15. She will be based in Denver for her new job.

The Clerk and Recorder’s office said Thursday she had made the city’s elections office exceptional. This month she was part of a council working with the Department of Homeland Security on cybersecurity issues. The Denver clerk’s office credited her in a release Thursday for her “voter-centered approach” that McReynolds has shared with election administrators across the country.

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“I have been blessed to lead an incredibly talented and dedicated team at Denver Elections with a focus on improving the voting experience for all Denverites,” McReynolds said in a statement. “Serving the city I love in a field that I am deeply passionate about is what has made my time here so special and inspirational.”

Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson, who is not seeking re-election this year, spoke of McReynolds with gratitude in a statement.

“We cannot thank Amber enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given Denver Elections over the past 13 years. Amber played a critical role in modernizing the election model in Colorado along with many efficiencies and innovations for Denver,” she said. “We will miss her and her visionary leadership, and wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.”

Colorado Politics and Denverite have listed McReynolds among its political up-and-comers.

The left-leaning website ColoradoPols reported last year that she was “well down the path of discussions to determine if she should challenge incumbent Secretary of State Wayne Williams.”

The Washington, D.C.-based National Vote at Home Institute is a nonprofit that encourages the practice. The institute says 33 million Americans voted by mail in 2016, including the vast majority of those who did so in Colorado. The state legislature approved mail-ballot voting in Colorado in 2013, sending a ballot to the home of each registered voter each election.

People are allowed to vote at home in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, as well as in 27 of Utah’s 29 counties, 31 of North Dakota’s 53 counties, five California counties and the city of Anchorage.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.