Ethics Watch dynamo Peg Perl starting a firm, eying a run for Denver office in 2019

Author: Joey Bunch - June 10, 2017 - Updated: June 10, 2017

Peg Perl
(Photo courtesy of Peg Perl)

The MVP of good government and public policy at the Colorado Capitol is changing jerseys. Peg Perl, tenacious senior attorney for Colorado Ethics Watch, is starting a consulting firm, Democracy TNG.

She’s also thinking about running for local office in Denver in 2019. That’s as much of an announcement as she’s making right now. If history is any guide, Perl will be tough to beat. Heck, just last month Law Week Colorado named her one of the top six women lawyers in the state.

Perl’s bio reads like that of a public policy lifetime achievement award winner. She seamlessly combined law and honest government advocacy with Ethics Watch since 2012. Perl chairs the Women’s Lobby of Colorado working on issues that impact women and families, such as health care and workplace equity.

As she has since 2013, Perl will continue to lead and speak for Courts Matter Colorado, a coalition of progressive organizations that watchdog the federal court vacancies and decisions.

In her spare time, she teaches law and advocacy in the Colorado Women’s College and University College at the University of Denver.

In D.C,, she had nonpartisan policy counsel positions with the House Ethics Committee from 2008 to 2010, then a similar job with the Federal Election Commission from 2004 to 2008. She has a law degree from Georgetown University and her undergrad from Arizona State University.

“I am honored to have worked with the Ethics Watch team to keep state and local government accountable to Coloradans,” she said in an e-mail Friday night. “I plan to continue to work for modernized campaign spending disclosure and elections, and transparent ethical government responsive to all residents at the state and local level in my new consulting venture.

“It is my continued commitment to these values that also leads me to explore whether to return to government service.”

As a consultant, Perl said she would provide educational workshops and materials, along with helping develop policy, on campaign finance, ethics, elections, open records and government transparency.

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.


  • Jeffrey

    June 11, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This is nothing but a puff piece. The “consulting firm” she’s starting is really a lobbying firm. Colorado Ethics watch is just a branch of the Colorado Democratic Party that uses the legal system to attack Republican Politicians.

    If Perl wins elected office in Denver, the election will cement Denver’s transition to becoming the next Detroit.

  • Eric

    June 11, 2017 at 10:47 am

    “Becoming the next Detroit?” What, pray tell, do you mean you that? Why don’t you say what you really mean to say?

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