Two weeks to go until Denver’s election. It’s time.

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My ballot has just arrived and, as usual, is sitting on my dining room table. After the huge ballot for the November 2018 election (three double-sided sheets, as I recall), this one is short and sweet.

The election is two weeks away: May 7.  By now, I would assume that most people in Denver have made up their minds on the candidates and the two initiatives. I also hope that people vote to demonstrate the way many of us feel about the need for change. Unless there is some sort of great revelatory informational earthquake, it’s getting time to vote.

Final thoughts:

  • In terms of the usual mailed voter information guide, for 2019 the Denver Elections Division has “gone green.” The Division also will send out a paper copy if you wish; call 720-913-8683. To download the PDF with election information, go to this link:

https://www.denvervotes.org/VoterInfo

There are still mayoral forums:

  • Tonight, Channel 9 is hosting a forum with four of the mayoral candidates. The event begins at 7 p.m. on KTVD, Channel 20. It also will be streamed live on 9NEWS.com, the 9NEWS app, Facebook and YouTube. Here’s a link for more information:

https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/local-politics/9news-to-host-mayoral-debate-ahead-of-denver-election/73-872a33c8-411f-4552-8430-2f33a80b3e1b

  • The Colorado Independent, Denver Open Media, and Civic Matters are sponsoring what is being called “the one and only Denver Mayoral No Bullsh*t Debate.”  The forum, moderated by Independent editor Susan Greene, begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. The blurb on Eventbrite notes that the debate will focus on issues involved in civil rights, transparency and accountability in Denver (the list includes five candidates). The event is sold out at Denver Open Media, but the debate will be live streamed on that organization’s Facebook page and broadcast live on 92.9FM and 89.3 HD3 (and rebroadcast on KGNU radio).

Here’s the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-denver-mayoral-no-bullsht-debate-tickets-58832010126

  • Finally: I watched the Denver Decides mayoral forum online, which was held last Saturday. All six candidates on the ballot were in attendance. I found it informative, and at times delicately snarky. Toward the end of the 1-hour program, candidates were tasked to ask questions of other candidates. Then the moderator pitched out a series of topics in a lightning round in which candidates could say yes, no or abstain. Topics included development of the Park Hill golf course (an eye-opener: Mayor Michael Hancock said yes and no, but then settled on abstain), safe injection sites, public restrooms, and the use of tax incentives – sort of a blitzkrieg approach, but real.

Find it here: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-decides/mayor.html

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