FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Councilwoman Marcia Johnson, (303) 355-4615
Council President Rosemary Rodriguez, (303) 922-7755
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayor’s Office, (720) 865-9016
Task Force & Public Discussions to Explore Alternative Election Commission Structures
(DENVER) District 5 Councilwoman Marcia Johnson – working in conjunction with Mayor John Hickenlooper and Council President Rosemary Rodriguez – will convene an eight-person panel and public discussion series to evaluate best practices for Election Commission governance and structure, which may result in a November ballot initiative.
“Recent events confirm our observations of problems with the way the Denver Election Commission functions,” said Councilwoman Marcia Johnson, who previously served two terms as an elected Denver Election Commissioner. “It is possible that a better model exists to more effectively serve Denver voters, and this panel will thoroughly examine and evaluate alternatives, working toward a possible ballot proposal for this November’s election.”
The panel will include the following:
- Federico Alvarez,Former Denver District Court & County Court Judge; Attorney
- George Cerrone, Former Deputy City Attorney, with 30+ years experience working for Denver
- Hubert A. Farbes, Jr. ,Former President of Denver Water Board; Attorney
- Stephanie Foote , Former City Councilwoman/Chief of Staff to Mayor Webb/Public Works Mgr.; Current President, Laval Strategic Resources
- Julanna Gilbert, Director, University of Denver’s Center for Teaching & Learning
- Madison Holloway, Professor of Management, Metropolitan State College of Denver
- Marcia Johnson, Councilwoman; Served two elected terms as a Denver Election Commissioner
- Barbara Miller, Executive Director, Center for Education in Law and Democracy
Public discussions with the task force will be held on the following dates:
- July 14, 2006, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., District 3 Police Station, 1625 S. University Blvd.
- July 21, 2006, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., District 2 Police Station, 3921 N. Holly St.
- July 28, 2006, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Savio Community Center, 320 Lowell St.
- July 29, 2006, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., National Jewish Molly Blank Conference Center, 1400 Jackson St.
“We are all concerned about the series of operational miscues that have plagued the Election Commission,” said Hickenlooper. “While structural changes may not solve every problem, they merit a vigorous public conversation. We look forward to public input and the Task Force’s recommendations.”
Recommendations will be presented to the Mayor and City Council in early August.
“We must act in 2006 if the task force finds a better governance model for the Election Commission for if we fail to do so, we cannot go again until 2010,” noted City Council President Rosemary Rodriguez. “I will submit to the Task Force the elected clerk and recorder proposal that I developed in 2005 for their consideration. I look forward to working with them to resolve the concerns of both the Council and the electorate.”
The panel welcomes and encourages public input throughout this process. Community representatives are invited to make presentations to the panel. Please contact Councilwoman Johnson at (303) 355-4615 or Marcia.Johnson@ci.denver.co.us for more information on meeting times and locations or to schedule presentations.
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