ENDORSEMENT WATCH | Peg Perl unveils backers in Denver clerk race

Author: Ernest Luning - July 20, 2018 - Updated: August 7, 2018

Denver clerk and recorder candidate Peg Perl (provided by the campaign)

The municipal election isn’t for another 10 months, and she has yet to draw an opponent, but Denver clerk and recorder candidate Peg Perl is already racking up support for her bid, the attorney and former senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch announced this week.

The current and former officials supporting Perl include House House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder; state Sens. Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, and John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins; Denver Public Schools director Jennifer Bacon; University of Colorado Regent Jack Kroll, who represents the 1st Congressional District; and former state Sen. Lina Newell, D-Littleton.

“Peg’s campaign finance expertise was crucial when we passed reforms to reduce dark money in school board elections. I know as Denver clerk she will fight for transparency to voters and against oversized influence of big money in politics,” Becker said in a statement. Other endorsers cited Perl’s work on updates to the Colorado Open Records Act and efforts to protect and expand voting rights.

Debra Johnson, Denver’s incumbent clerk, has said she won’t seek a third term next year.

In other recent candidate endorsements:

— The National Women’s Political Caucus threw its support behind Karen McCormick, a veterinarian and the Democratic nominee in the 4th Congressional District.

“With your impressive experience and tenacity, we are confident that you will be an important voice for women’s rights in Congress,” the group said in a statement released by McCormick’s campaign. “Our full support is behind you because Capitol Hill needs more strong and committed women like you.”

McCormick, a Longmont veterinarian, is challenging two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, a former Weld County district attorney.

— Members of liberal grassroots organization MoveOn Political Action voted by a wide margin to endorse Joe Neguse, the Democratic nominee in the 2nd Congressional District, the group said this week.

“Mr. Neguse is a strong progressive voice for what is best in our increasingly diverse state and country,” said a MoveOn member from Loveland identified as Donna S., in a release. “As a person of color, a first for Colorado should he win the election, he would be a real representative of the changing face of America, as well as being a strong voice moving us into that more diverse future.”

The organization counts 24,000 members in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Boulder, Larimer and Broomfield counties, as well as counties and portions of counties along the I-70 corridor from Golden to Vail and is represented by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for governor. Other candidates for the seat include Republican Peter Yu, Libertarian Roger Barris and Independent Nick Thomas.

— Noted conservative Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University and chair of the Western Conservative Summit, is endorsing Republican Chance Hill, a candidate for University of Colorado regent from the 5th Congressional District.

In a letter released by Hill’s campaign, Hunt calls the attorney “a true constitutional conservative, a sincere American patriot, and a firm believer in protecting our God-given rights to freedom of speech and religious liberty enshrined in the First Amendment.”

The endorsement, released before Bruce Benson announced plans to step down after serving a decade as CU’s president, describes Hill as a candidate who will seek to hire diverse administrators at the university: “He recognizes the importance of students being exposed to a wide variety of perspectives as they form their own worldviews, and I am confident that he will seek to appoint future university administrators who value the notion of creating a marketplace of ideas on campus,” Hunt says.

Hill is facing Democrat Tony Walusky for the seat in the heavily Republican district.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.