I’d like to talk about my approach to endorsements and fundraising. I think both have a substantial influence over the American electoral process, some good, some bad, and usually confusing.
An endorsement is when a person or organization publicly says, “I support this other person or initiative”. Endorsements usually so similar beliefs or approaches to challenges. They serve as a great way of saying “If you liked X, then you’ll like Y”.
I think it is always important to look at who endorses and candidate, and if that candidate chooses to endorse other candidates or clauses.
I did not ask for any endorsements. As I start my term as the first At Large Mayor I want everyone to know they have a seat at the table. I want my community to know that I am a truly fresh voice that is advocating from problem solving and addressing our problems or concerns in ways that have not been tried before. I am not going to solve the issues like past or current councils do. The time and amount work a council has to do with overlapping four year terms far outweighs the 2 month election cycle, and their ability to work together is paramount to solving our Town’s issues.
The only endorsement I have given is for 5A and 5B.
Campaign finance has been a topic for many years now, from free speech beliefs that corporations are people (they aren’t) to concerns about Citizen United and obfuscation of donors.
The act of fundraising and asking friends and family for their financial support to support my efforts to get my message out there was one of the more difficult tasks I have ever had to do. I am truly humbled and appreciative of all those who have provided me support. (And its not too late to show support, I still have a few tickets left for my special event Monday October 22 )
But there is always a perception that money given is in expectation for future access, or for past support. I focused my fundraising efforts on friends, neighbors and people with whom my message was resonating. All of my large donations are either from friends or family members. I don’t want any of my supporters or detractors to be able to look at my list of donors and have any doubts.
As you may have noticed, in my responses to the Denver Homebuilder’s Association and Metro Area Realtors questions I did not explicitly state that I would not accept endorsements or contributions. I did this because I did want to talk with them and I did not want to be any more confrontational during the conversations with them than I already felt my answers were. Regardless of their choice to endorse AND fund both my opponents, they are voices within the community and I wanted to listen to what they had to say.