June 24, 2019

Jacob's Golden Update: 2010 Election Special Edition

I keep the electoral politics to a minimum on my blog and in my newsletter, but federal and state election outcomes can have a huge impact on Golden, so I’ll share my endorsements and recommendations for this 2010 election.

The ballots are out, by the way: the sooner you mail yours in the sooner it’s out of the way. Mailing your ballot in promptly should also mean that the political phone calls and door knocks drop off, since most campaigns are constantly updating their call and knock lists based on who’s already voted (so they don’t waste time bugging folks who have already sent in their ballot). However much you agree or disagree with my recommendations, be sure to vote!

Max Tyler, State House
Max is the small businessman who succeeded Gwyn Green in the state legislature when she retired a year ago. He has been a great advocate for renewable energy and for green jobs (he was the lead sponsor on a successful bill last year that will dramatically increase renewable energy production in Colorado and create 10,000 new renewable energy jobs), a strong opponent of the beltway, and a stalwart supporter of Golden and the Golden community. In addition to my endorsement, Max has the support of the Denver Post, Ed Perlmutter, Moe Keller, and many more.

Cheri Jahn, State Senate
Cheri is running to fill Moe Keller’s seat in the State Senate (Moe is term limited). She grew up in the Golden area and has been a steadfast Golden supporter on transportation and beltway issues. She’s also got a great track record from her time in the State House on issues that matter to me like jobs and conservation. I’ve seen her here in Golden often – a good sign that she cares enough about the community to show up – and I believe she’ll represent us well.

Ed Perlmutter, U.S. House of Representatives
Ed knows Golden and Jefferson County like no one else, he works harder than everyone else, and he is as focused on practical problem-solving as they get. He’s been a great champion for renewable energy, for NREL, and for financial reform. His position on the beltway is very reasonable: whatever happens needs to be done in a way that protects Golden. He and his staff are here in Golden all the time – at events, at Ed’s Government at the Grocery office hours, and at fundraisers for community organizations – and Ed and his staff have a reputation for being extremely responsive to constituents. I strongly endorse Ed Perlmutter.

Michael Bennet, U.S. Senate
Michael is one of the smartest, hardest-working elected representatives I know. After meeting him or seeing him speak, most people I know walk away impressed with his intelligence and his thoughtfulness. I like him in part because he brings a very different sort of perspective – a mix of both private sector and public sector experiences – to the table: he was very successful at rescuing failing businesses, he knows the challenges that municipalities face after having served as Mayor Hickenlooper’s Chief of Staff, and he has a deep commitment to public education (including his tenure at the helm of Denver Public Schools). His opponent holds what I believe are very extreme views on some threshold issues, including opposing abortion even in the case of incest and rape. Bottom line: I think Michael Bennet is doing a really good job and that he’s got the potential to be a great Senator. I will be voting for him.

John Hickenlooper, Governor
John is an unusual politician: aside from shooting commercials while skydiving and showering with his clothes on, he is both a political moderate and a strong visionary on important issues like renewable energy and sustainability. He gets the critical importance of good jobs and a healthy business community, he’s been a tireless champion of transit and FasTracks, and he’s been an energetic supporter of K-12 and higher education. He has my support. John’s Lieutenant Governor running mate is Joseph Garcia.

Cary Kennedy, State Treasurer
Cary is incredibly intelligent, articulate, and capable. Her management of the state’s investments have resulted in positive gains and a continued strong credit rating despite a recession that hammered many state portfolios. She’s been a champion of government transparency and accountability (I borrowed the idea for Golden’s bi-annual Community Accountability Report last year from her own statewide version), including cutting edge tools for giving taxpayers access to state revenue and spending information. Cary has also been an ardent and successful advocate for K-12 education and higher education, and she is playing a lead role in tackling the state constitution’s fiscal dysfunctions, including a critical role in the passage of Referendum C.

Bob Wilson, RTD Board of Directors
RTD has a tough job ahead: manage the completion of the FasTracks system under challenging circumstances. I’m supporting Bob because of his experience with transit and transportation issues, his extensive engineering background, and his clear commitment to responsible transportation solutions. Bob’s opponent, a former 24-year member of the Arvada City Councilor, has been one of the most vocal supporteres of the beltway.

A few additional thoughts:
Pam Anderson is running for reelection as the Jefferson County Clerk, and seems to be doing a really good job.  Kathy Hartman is running for reelection as a Jefferson County Commissioner, and while I don’t agree with her on a lot of issues I think on the whole she is doing a solid job as well.  Bernie Buescher is currently the Secretary of State and has also done well with a very tough job.

Ballot Initiatives: Vote No on Everything

There are three issues on the ballot with huge implications for Golden and for the state: Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 (often called the Bad Three or the Ugly Three). There is broad agreement among Republicans and Democrats and among the business community, civic leaders, and community groups that these three measures would be lethal to Colorado’s economy. They would kill most state funding sources for repairing crumbling bridges and roads. They would overturn hundreds of local votes across the state to fund school districts, libraries, fire districts, and other local service providers. They would overturn the decision by Golden’s own voters to “de-Bruce” the city budget. They would cause a huge loss of revenue, forcing deep cuts in public safety, road maintenance, and other vital community services. And they basically eliminate every public financing mechanism in the state, making it near-impossible to construct community buildings like schools, fire stations, and water and wasterwater plants.

The other measures on the ballot range, in my view, from terrible to unimportant, and I’ll be voting no on all of them.