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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 17, 20183min639

Peg Perl will officially kickoff her campaign for Denver city clerk next Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Cafe in Denver, she tells Colorado Politics. "I am excited to talk with community members about the importance of the Denver clerk position and how I will continue my longstanding fight for government transparency, ethics, money in politics reform and voting rights as clerk," she said.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyFebruary 12, 20183min795

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.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirSeptember 28, 20173min699

A lot of voters may not have a clue how much money is raised and spent in their local school board races. Plenty of those voters also may not know where all that campaign cash comes from in the first place.

It isn’t necessarily for lack of interest so much as a lack of knowledge about how to follow the money. And there certainly can be a lot of money to follow, at least, in competitive races in Colorado’s largest school districts. School board races this November in Denver, Jefferson County and Douglas County, among other places, are all promising to be hotly contested and well-funded.

Which is why the Denver League of Women Voters is hosting a public briefing on the subject — sort of a how-to session to enlighten the public on the basics of school board election finance. As a league press release this week informs us, topics will include, “outside spending, contributions to candidates and disclosures.”

Here’s more from the press release:

School board races are notoriously ignored by many, especially those who do not have children in school.

Monday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Montview Presbyterian Church (in Denver), the League of Women Voters of Denver will hold a public briefing on the funding of school board campaigns. Few people know that there are no campaign limits for school board elections in Colorado, nor do they really know who is funding these campaigns. This information applies not only to the city of Denver but to all school board races in Colorado.

The guest speaker — attorney and all-round election-finance expert Peg Perl, formerly of public watchdog Colorado Ethics Watch (and candidate for Denver clerk and recorder) — will take to the podium and dish out her considerable knowledge base.

Here are more particulars:

Where:  Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, McCollum Room

When:  Monday, October 16, 2017. Coffee and networking will start at 5:30 pm with the presentation itself at 6 p.m.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchJuly 28, 20173min452

Marianne Goodland of the Colorado Independent was the first to report Thursday that Peg Perl will run for Denver County clerk and recorder.

Perl hinted at such a move in a chat with Colorado Politics in June, and our Ernest Luning outright predicted she would jump in, if Debra Johnson chose not to seek a third term.

That’s what happened Thursday, so Perl pulled the campaign trigger. She’ll be a formidable candidate with a background in the law, good government advocacy and good political relationships, even with most opponents.

She’s rated as one of the top lawyers in the state, and from 2012 until June, she was the senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, the tenacious government watchdog nonprofit in Denver that many on the right argue is biased for the left.

Perl left to start her own firm and lay the groundwork for a jump into politics, she told us last month.

“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,” she said.


Running elections is the office’s highest profile duty, but it also handles marriage licenses, foreclosures and a big mess of records.

Perl has plenty of time to build a campaign. The election isn’t until 2019.

Johnson, 61, said she’s retiring. She was elected in 2011, after serving as city clerk in Aurora.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchJune 10, 20173min504
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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 BunchJoey BunchMarch 6, 201719min505
Look who’s back in the game: Marilyn Marks, the thorn in the side of election officials whose protocols she scrutinizes and of the fellow Colorado Republicans she grills. She’s been caring for her mother back east the past couple of years. Her mother recently passed. She is a scrappy Southerner “praised in some circles, vilified in […]

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