Check your mailbox
October 17, 2017
This is my favorite time of year. Not because of the gorgeous leaves, or the hot apple cider, or football - though I do love those things. It's my favorite time of year because it's election season! (What can I say, I'm a voting nerd.) We, as citizens, get to exercise our most basic right. And while my election is still more than a year away, we have important local elections happening all across the state.
Unfortunately, my time out knocking doors, and stories from others, indicate that far too many people don't even know that elections are happening right now. And that lack of awareness matters. Last year in Jeffco, 79% of registered voters participated in the 2016 election, and Hillary Clinton and Michael Bennet won the county. But four years ago, in 2013, only 43% of voters participated, and we elected extreme school board members that turned our county into a national news story. That wouldn't have happened if more people had voted.
So, have you made your plan to vote? And have you told your friends and family to do the same? People vote based more on word-of-mouth from those they trust than on ads or mailers. So check out the information below, and forward this email to people you know. Because elections matter - especially local ones.
We're in the Denver Post!
October 9, 2017
Did you see the Post yesterday? We're in it, quote and all! The paper featured several Colorado candidates who have worked for President Obama.
My time in the White House was one of the most rewarding of my life - right up there with my time as a public high school teacher. And it is a major reason why I'm running for office. But now that our federal government is in a tailspin, my goal - as I say in the article - is to make sure local government is working for everyone. The clerk and recorder's office is the perfect place to do that because it oversees areas that impact everyone - elections, marriage licenses, and the DMV.
What I've learned
September 7, 2017
I used to be a high school math teacher, so sometimes I get carried away with numbers. When we realized we hit our 100th day of the campaign last week, I was excited to tally up our progress. But just like teaching, politics is really about people, not numbers, so I'm eager to share the who, in addition to the how many.
47. Since we've launched, I've attended 47 events, from parades and picnics to house parties and HOA meetings. At a Jobs with Justice community meeting in Lakewood, a teacher told me how she inspires civic engagement in her students. At an Evergreen gathering, a recently-married, same-sex couple told me how disappointed they were when the Jeffco Clerk didn't lead on marriage equality a few years back.
From Joan Fitz-Gerald: Proud to endorse George Stern
August 18, 2017
I am proud to support George Stern for Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder, and I hope you'll join me in doing the same.
In 1990, when I first ran for Clerk, people told me I was crazy. "Democrats can't win in Jeffco," they said. And while history was on their side, we crisscrossed the county anyway, making the case one voter at a time. Come election day, history had a new chapter, and I became the first woman ever elected Jeffco Clerk and Recorder.
Once in office, we never slowed down, pioneering the use of mail ballots and leading the charge on DMV reforms. The Clerk's office is where I first learned the true power of public service, and it's what propelled me to become a state senator, and then to make history once more, becoming the first woman ever to serve as President of the Colorado Senate. Unfortunately, in the past three years, the Jefferson County Clerk's office has become stagnant, and it is no longer a leader in statewide voting reforms or areas of customer convenience.
August 11, 2017
Let's face it: taking on a Republican incumbent who has decades of experience in Jeffco is an uphill battle. But thanks to you, we're building a campaign that can win. In just a few months, we've not only signed up hundreds of volunteers, and raised tens of thousands of dollars, but we've also won the support of so many respected leaders from around Jeffco and Colorado. In addition to the state senators, state reps, city officials, and candidate who have already backed our campaign, I'm thrilled to announce these new endorsements:
+Joan Fitz-Gerald, Former State Senate President and Jeffco Clerk and Recorder
+Jessie Danielson, State Rep and State Senate candidate
+Alec Garnett, State Rep
+Chris Hansen, State Rep
+Sue Schafer, Former State Rep
+Laura Weinberg, City Council Member
+Tim Allport, Director, Arvada Fire Protection District
+Kathryn Wallace, Former Jeffco Clerk and Recorder candidate
+Linda Rockwell, Former Jeffco Clerk and Recorder candidate
+Jim Dale, City Council candidate
We can't let them win
July 19, 2017
This morning, President Trump's Election Integrity Commission is having its first meeting. This is the group led by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach - both of whom have a history of voter suppression efforts in their states.
Before this meeting, the commission has already had a destructive impact on our voting system. In just the past few weeks, nearly 4,000 Colorado voters - a majority of them Democrats - have canceled their voter registrations, with election officials stating that "Trump's voter commission is frightening away" voters, and causing "confusion" and "hysteria." Further, Kobach is already proposing federal legislation that will make it harder to vote, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly intends to use his authority to lead purges of voting rolls across the country.
June 28, 2017
As a candidate, it's critical to have role models who have done this before and done it well. And boy, do I have some great ones! I'm thrilled to announce the early support of several leaders from around Jeffco and Colorado. These are people whom I admire, and who have been so helpful as we start this campaign.
+Andy Kerr, State Senator and Congressional candidate
+Dominick Moreno, State Senator and Congressional candidate
+Steve Fenberg, State Senator
+Tracy Kraft-Tharp, State Rep
+Kris Teegardin, Mayor and State Rep candidate
+Monica Duran, City Council Member and State Rep candidate
+Alberto Garcia, Mayor Pro Tem
+Tammy Story, State Senate candidate
+Jake Lilly, Former District Attorney candidate
+Michael Snow, Former City Clerk and Jeffco Clerk and Recorder candidate
Leadership for all
June 20, 2017
Marching in Pride this weekend reminded me how far we've come in so short a period of time. Just about three years ago, I was thrilled to get to witness in person the awesome good a county Clerk and Recorder can do when Denver decided to issue its first same-sex marriage licenses.
Today we know that Love is Love, but our recent history reminds us that it hasn't always been this way. This month marks just the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court striking down laws restricting interracial marriage, and only the 2nd anniversary of it confirming that the constitution grants same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry.
What we're fighting for
June 1, 2017
Did you see the state's top political blog last Friday? Because of your early efforts to help us sign up hundreds of supporters and get off to a fast fundraising start, Colorado Pols called us "a strong candidate for Clerk and Recorder." Thank you!
We celebrated the news ... for about a minute, and then got right back to work. Because the issues we're fighting for are far too important to let up on, especially since they're facing a new threat from the White House. One of the most critical duties of the Clerk and Recorder is to ensure that our elections are fair and trustworthy, while also open and accessible. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, President Trump formed an election commission that is set up to do the exact opposite.
What public service means to me
May 23, 2017
I'm excited to announce that I just launched my campaign for Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder.
It's no secret that our country has become more divided and that trust in government is at an all-time low. I am running for Clerk and Recorder so I can use my experience in the public and private sectors - as a teacher, attorney, and business consultant - to make sure that our local government delivers for everyone, and that we restore people's faith in their public servants.