Denverite - first look at Peg's platform
(2/10/18) Reporter Andrew Kenny, with the Denverite, published a sneak peek at my platform for Denver County Clerk and Recorder:
This is Peg Perl’s first run for elected office, but she’s spent her career working with different levels of government. Between 2004 and 2010, she served as a policy attorney on the Federal Election Commission and then as advice and education counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee.
More recently, she was senior counsel for the nonprofit Colorado Ethics Watch from 2012 to 2017 before founding Democracy TNG, a policy consultancy shop. Its focus includes elections, money in politics, open records and open meetings. (TNG stands for The Next Generation — yes, like Star Trek, she says.)
“For the last 15 years, I’ve been focusing my legal career on government and aspects of how we can make government at the federal level and then at the state and local level more accessible to the people,” Perl, 42, told Denverite on Friday.
“This particular job is the elected office where I feel I can continue that work for the people.”
She said that one campaign focus would be on using technology to make Denver’s government more transparent. For example, she said, officials’ disclosures about campaign finance, lobbying and gifts are needlessly scattered across the local government’s website.
“It still seems to me that different places in the office are operating at different levels of technology and transparency, and that the systems don’t talk to each other,” she said.
“I really want to take a citizen-centered approach to how we provide information and how we link up all of the information that lives in the clerk and recorder’s office.”