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Denver Councilman Paul López considering bid for city clerk office

Author: Adam McCoy - February 12, 2018 - Updated: February 12, 2018

Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez (Photo by Mike McKibbin/Colorado Statesman)Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez (Photo by Mike McKibbin/Colorado Statesman)

Among the longest-serving members on the Denver City Council, Paul López won’t be able to run again for his seat representing District 3 due to term limits.

But he’s not quite ready to leave city government once his term expires. Instead, López is “seriously considering” a bid for Denver clerk and recorder, Denverite reported over the weekend.

A labor and community organizer and Denver native, López joined the City Council in 2007 at age 28, becoming the youngest person ever elected to the body. He told Denverite he hasn’t yet filed, but should he commit, he’d center his campaign on social justice.

López would likely face Peg Perl, who announced she’d jump into politics and seek the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s office last summer.

Colorado Politics’ Joey Bunch noted in a July article Perl will be a “formidable candidate with a background in the law, good government advocacy and good political relationships, even with most opponents.” She is a top-rated lawyer in the state and known for her time as senior counsel for the government watchdog non-profit Colorado Ethics Watch.

Current Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson announced in July she would not seek a third term but rather retire after 25 years of public service.

The office manages city elections and handles marriage licenses, foreclosures and government records among other duties. The election will be held in 2019.

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy covers Denver-area politics for Colorado Politics.