The last time Denver had a municipal election, I do not remember getting many mailers from candidates. But the 2015 election was low-key compared to this year’s election – for the mayoral candidates, anyway. People running for City Council seats were pretty active in 2015, if I recall.
But this year, a pile of mailers is sitting in my office. So far, it is up to 22 mailers: one from one mayoral candidate, one from each of the three candidates for the office of clerk and recorder, five mailers from two people running for an at-large seat on City Council, eight pieces of mail from three people vying to represent District 10, and 3 mailers against Initiative 300. I’m surprised there were not more.
Then there are two outliers: a letter from former city auditor Dennis J. Gallagher supporting mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis, and a mailer titled Denver Mayoral Funny Pages from a group called Friends of Denver’s Future (even after poking around, I have no clue, except for a name that is a associated with the mailer’s return address).
The mailers are a product of fund-raising, but there also is a different sensibility in the run-up to the May 7 election. In 2015, it was not totally sleepy, but I don’t recall the heated conversations I’m hearing this year. The 2015 mayoral race prompted me to write in a name of someone who cares for the city. Of course, that didn’t work. This year, incumbency is making a lot of people unhappy, though there are council representatives in three districts (2, 6 and 7) who have no challengers.
This morning, I took my stack of mailers and tossed them onto a table to take a photo. Soon, they will be fodder for recycling. But the voters of Denver are charged up, and good for them.
The first two links lead to a story in Denverite about the thefts of yard signs (no surprise there), and a story in The Denver Post that begins with this sentence: “A letter to Republican voters advocating for Denver mayoral candidate Jamie Giellis failed to disclose that it was paid for by Giellis’ campaign.” (Think “administrative error.”)
The other two links lead to Ballotpedia’s fact sheets for the 2019 and 2015 municipal elections. The finance section of the 2019 sheet includes contributions and expenditures through April 14. The next finance reports will be due May 3 and will reflect contributions and expenditures dated before May 1.