I’ve spent my career pushing for our government to be open and accountable to all people, not just to the wealthy and well-connected. Now I want to continue to fight for you as Denver Clerk & Recorder.
Growing up the oldest of four kids in Arizona, I learned the values of education and service from my teacher mother and businessman father. As a young girl in the early 1980s, my two heroines were Sally Ride and Sandra Day O’Connor. Ultimately, I chose law over space travel and attended both Arizona State University and Georgetown Law on scholarships. I became a public interest lawyer because the potential and promise of our democracy is as awe-inspiring to me as the mysteries of our cosmos.
My legal career has focused on strengthening our democracy to better represent all citizens at the federal, state and local level. As policy counsel at the Federal Election Commission, I protected voters’ access to information about money raised and spent on political campaigns. I taught and enforced important ethics rules to keep elected officials more accountable to voters than big money interests as nonpartisan Counsel to the US House of Representatives Ethics Committee. During my time in D.C., I also supported workers as an employee of one public employee union (American Foreign Service Association) and later as a member & steward in another (National Treasury Employee Union).
Since 2010, my husband and I have raised our two kids in Southeast Denver after my brother-in-law (raised in Aurora) introduced us to the Colorado way of life. In Colorado, I’ve focused my advocacy for voting rights, government ethics, campaign finance reform, and public records access at the state and local level as Senior Counsel to Colorado Ethics Watch and an independent policy attorney working with nonprofit organizations. I was a leader in writing and enacting statewide pro-democracy reforms such as:
*Expanding voting rights through Colorado’s all-options voting, registration and pre-registration laws
*Increasing transparency to voters in school board elections by closing loopholes that allowed political spending without disclosure
*Limiting fees charged to people requesting public records and requiring more modern digital disclosure instead of wasteful and expensive printed copies
I was honored to be recognized as one of six Top Women Lawyers in 2017 by Law Week Colorado for this work.
At the city level, I have also worked with the current Denver Clerk and City Council to improve transparency of city lobbyist reporting and disclosure of gifts to elected officials, update the code of ethics, and modernize Denver’s campaign rules to reduce the amount of “dark money” in city elections by requiring public reporting of outside spending about candidates and ballot measures. I was also in the policy team that managed early drafting and community outreach for creation of a city elections small-donor matching program which was ultimately passed by Denver voters in November 2018.
I strongly believe in the value of civics education for active citizens of today and tomorrow. Through leading community workshops, volunteering with the Women's Lobby of Colorado, and teaching at the University of Denver, I help people participate in their government, understand how the process works, and find the information and tools needed to add their voice in policy-making.
I’m running for Denver Clerk to continue the fight for a more accountable, transparent, and accessible city government that works for all of us. I am the only candidate with the subject matter experience and the track record of successful community coalition work on democracy reforms to protect voting rights, create our new Fair Elections Fund program, and continue to modernize city records and services. I want to put my skills to work for you and create a city office that supports citizen involvement in governing every day, not just election day.