Denver Post - Longtime ethics watchdog formally enters race for Denver clerk and recorder
(1/24/18) Thank you Jon Murray and the Denver Post for writing about my campaign and plans for Denver County Clerk and Recorder:
“I have spent my whole career working for government to be open and accountable to all people, not just the well-connected,” Perl said in an interview. “And I really want to take the experience I’ve gained through federal policy work, and also work at the state level, and put that experience to work at the local level. We have a lot of opportunities here in Denver … to be a leader on open government and transparency issues, and that’s what I would like to do.”
Perl says she supports a campaign finance reform ballot initiative that is headed to voters in this November’s election. The “Democracy for the People” initiative aims to create a public financing system that would tap the city budget to match small-dollar donations to city candidates 9-to-1, and it also proposes to drastically lower contribution limits for city elections.
During five years at Colorado Ethics Watch, she was a fixture at meetings of the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission. She also advocated for campaign finance reform and stronger ethics laws, both in Denver and statewide.
She moved to Colorado in 2010 from Washington, D.C., where she had worked as an attorney in positions that included advising the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ethics and the Federal Election Commission.
Perl has discussed the likelihood of running for clerk since Johnson announced her retirement plans last summer. Her new filing makes it official.
Her priorities for the clerk’s office, she said, would include safeguarding voting rights and beefing up voters’ access to nonpartisan information about elections; making more city records easier to access, online or otherwise; and improving access to the clerk’s services in person and online.