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ELECTION DAY is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

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Boulder County voters who participated in the June 28, 2022 Primary determined the Democratic nominees that are on your November 8, 2022 Midterm Ballot. All candidates listed in this guide are registered Democrats. This year, for voters in Longmont, you will see candidates listed, who are registered Democrats, who have stepped up to run for the Longmont City Council At-Large seat, which was vacated by Joan Peck when she was elected Mayor in 2021 (the BCDP has not endorsed a candidate for that seat). You will also see, as it becomes available, all the information and recommendations for all statewide ballot measures, as well as all of the Boulder County and municipal measures within Boulder County (There are 10 municipalities and towns in Boulder County).

Colorado elections are mail-in ballot, and the Boulder County Clerk will start mailing ballots to voters on October 17. In the meantime, if you haven't already, sign up for Ballot Track, herea free service for Boulder County voters that can send you notifications by text message, phone call, or email when your mail ballot has been sent and received by the Boulder County Elections Division.

Below you'll find Democratic candidate listings and ballot recommendations from the Boulder County Democratic Party. Your personal ballot will include US Senate, US House, all statewide and countywide seats & ballot measures seen below, but will be city, town, state legislative & RTD district-specific. All Boulder County ballots will include the Boulder County Commissioner, District 3 seat.


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— UNITED STATES SENATE —
Michael Bennet
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— US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2 —
Joe Neguse
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— GOVERNOR —
Jared Polis
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— SECRETARY OF STATE —
Jena Griswold
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— STATE TREASURER —
Dave Young
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— STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL —
Phil Weiser
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— STATE BOARD of EDUCATION, AT LARGE —
Kathy Plomer
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— STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 15 —
Janice Marchman
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— STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 10 —
Junie Joseph
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— STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 11 —
Karen McCormick
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— STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 12 —
Tracey Bernett
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— STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 19 —
Jennifer Parenti
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— STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 49 —
Judy Amabile
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— BOULDER COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 3 —
Ashley Stolzmann
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— BOULDER COUNTY CLERK —
Molly Fitzpatrick
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— BOULDER COUNTY TREASURER —
Paul Weissmann
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— BOULDER COUNTY ASSESSOR —
Cynthia Braddock
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— BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF —
Curtis Johnson
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— BOULDER COUNTY SURVEYOR —
Lee Stadele
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— BOULDER COUNTY CORONER —
Emma Hall
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— RTD BOARD DIRECTOR, DISTRICT O —
Lynn Guissinger
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— LONGMONT CITY COUNCIL, AT LARGE —


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"Yes", "No", or "No Position" will be posted below, for each statewide and local ballot measure, along with a link, explaining the rationale for the position taken.

BALLOT MEASURE RECOMMENDATION PROCESS


BCDP recommends YES* on AMENDMENT D
New Twenty-Third Judicial District Judges
REFERRED TO THE VOTERS BY THE COLORADO STATE LEGISLATURE

Requires the Governor to designate judges from the 18th judicial district to serve in the newly created 23rd judicial district

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take the position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

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BCDP recommends YES* on AMENDMENT E
Extend Homestead Exemption to Surviving Spouses of U.S. Armed Forces Members and Veterans
REFERRED TO THE VOTERS BY THE COLORADO STATE LEGISLATURE
Extends an existing property tax homestead exemption for disabled veterans to the surviving spouses of certain military personnel

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

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BCDP recommends NO POSITION* on AMENDMENT F
Charitable Gaming Constitutional Amendment
REFERRED TO THE VOTERS BY THE COLORADO STATE LEGISLATURE
Allows the operators and managers of charitable gaming activities to be paid and allows the legislature to determine how long an organization must exist to obtain a charitable gaming license

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take no position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

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BCDP recommends YES* on AMENDMENT FF
Healthy Meals For All Public School Students
REFERRED TO THE VOTERS BY THE COLORADO STATE LEGISLATURE
Creates and funds the Healthy School Meals for All Program by reducing the allowable state income tax deduction amounts for those earning over $300,000

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take the position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

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BCDP recommends YES* on AMENDMENT GG
Include Income Tax Effects in Initiative Ballot Language
REFERRED TO THE VOTERS BY THE COLORADO STATE LEGISLATURE

Requires a table showing changes in income tax owed for average taxpayers in certain brackets to be included in the ballot title and fiscal summary for any citizen initiative that would increase or decrease the individual income tax rate

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take the position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

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BCDP recommends NO* on PROPOSITION 121
State Income Tax Reduction
PETITIONED TO BALLOT
Reduce the state income tax rate from 4.55% to 4.40% for tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2022

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take the position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

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BCDP recommends NO POSITION* on PROPOSITION 122
Access to Natural Psychedelic Substances
PETITIONED TO BALLOT

Creates a natural medicine services program for the supervised administration of dimethyltryptamine, ibogaine, mescaline (excluding peyote), psilocybin, and psilocyn; creates a framework for regulating the growth, distribution, and sale of such substances to permitted entities; creates the Natural Medicine Advisory Board

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take no position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

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BCDP recommends YES* on PROPOSITION 123
Dedicate revenues to fund housing projects
PETITIONED TO BALLOT

Dedicate a portion of income tax revenues (up to one-tenth of 1%) and allocate the funds to housing projects, including affordable housing financing programs that reduce rent, purchasing land for affordable housing developments and supporting people experiencing homelessness.

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take the position recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

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— LIQUOR MEASURES —

BCDP recommends NO POSITION* on PROPOSITION 124
Increase allowable retail liquor licenses
PETITIONED TO BALLOT

Increase the number of retail liquor licenses a business can hold from three now, to 8 between now and 2027, to 13 before 2032, to 20 by 2037, and unlimited after 2037

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take no position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

BCDP recommends NO POSITION* on PROPOSITION 125
Permit sale of wine in grocery stores
PETITIONED TO BALLOT

Permit the sale of wine in Colorado grocery stores. Currently, only beer and certain spirits are allowed to be sold in grocery stores.

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take no position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

BCDP recommends NO POSITION* on PROPOSITION 126
Allow third party alcohol delivery
PETITIONED TO BALLOT

Seeks to allow third parties to deliver alcoholic beverages in Colorado.

*The BCDP Executive Committee voted to take no position as recommended by the CDP on 9/14/22

RATIONALE


YES on BOULDER COUNTY ISSUE 1A:
Wildfire Mitigation Sales Tax
Boulder County Ballot Issue AA would create a new 0.1% sales and use tax throughout for wildfire mitigation efforts that will continue in perpetuity unless a future action is taken. The 0.1% tax works out to one cent on a $10 taxable purchase, and is expected to generate about $11 million annually.

RATIONALE


YES on BOULDER COUNTY ISSUE 1B:
Transportation Sales Tax Extension
This ballot measure would extend a 0.1% Boulder County transportation sales tax that was originally passed in 2001, and extended in 2007, and would generate about $11 million annually if it passes. Unless the current ballot measure passes, the transportation tax would “sunset” June 30, 2024 and Boulder County could only do basic maintenance on existing transportation infrastructure. This year’s ballot measure would be in effect “in perpetuity” if it passes, meaning no sunset date. The ballot measure would pass with a simple majority of Boulder County voters.

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YES on BOULDER COUNTY ISSUE 1C:
Emergency Services Sales Tax
This measure would establish a 0.1% countywide sales and use tax for five years, whereupon the tax would decrease to 0.05% for perpetuity. The 0.1% tax is expected to generate about $11 million annually. Revenues from the tax would go for emergency response, including a facility and operational costs for volunteer search and rescue organizations; the capital needs of fire departments in mountainous and rural areas; ambulance services in areas not covered by municipal ambulance services; operational costs of search and rescue organizations; trail and trailhead safety services; wildland firefighting staffing; and other projects and services to address the need for emergency services and public safety in unincorporated Boulder County.

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No Position on BOULDER COUNTY ELECTORS ISSUE DD:
Boulder Public Library District Formation and Property Tax
Establish a Boulder Public Library District and impose a $3.5 mill property tax within its designated boundaries. The new property tax would permit restoration of and increased services and hours at all branches as well as pay for a new Gunbarrel branch. The property tax is expected to generate $18,780,000 in its first year. The boundaries of the proposed library district include the entire city of Boulder and some adjoining unincorporated areas – see Exhibit A (page 5) of Resolution 2022-058. Ballot language is in Resolution 2022-059.

RATIONALE


Boulder Valley School District

YES on BVSD ISSUE 3A:
$350 Million Bond for Capital Construction and Maintenance
Allow BVSD to borrow up to $350 million with a maximum repayment cost of $714 million to address items on the Facility Critical Needs List. Impose a property tax mill levy with the maximum revenue from the tax set at $32 million annually, costing $118/yr for a $600,000 residential home

RATIONALE

City of Boulder

YES on BALLOT ISSUE 2A:
Climate Tax (TABOR)
City of Boulder Ballot Issue 2A would create a new Climate Tax on the delivery of electricity and natural gas, to replace the City’s existing Climate Action Plan and Utility Occupation taxes. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax is set to expire March 31, 2023, and the Utility Occupation Tax (UOT) is set to expire on December 31, 2025. The new climate tax would be collected on Xcel Energy bills, would increase the annual amount of tax revenue collected by the City for climate actions, and would expire in 2040.This ballot measure proposes a tax increase of $2.6M and an effective tax extension of $3.9M to combine to create a new $6.5M Climate Tax. A second ballot measure, Ballot Issue 2B, would authorize a debt limit of up to a maximum principal amount of $52,900,000 in case bonding is necessary for climate projects.

RATIONALE


YES on BALLOT ISSUE 2B:
Climate Debt Authorization
City of Boulder Ballot Issue 2B would authorize a debt limit of up to a maximum principal amount of $52,900,000 in case bonding is necessary for the climate projects outlined in Ballot Issue 2A. The maximum repayment amount is $75,000,000. Both 2A and 2B have to pass in order for 2B to take effect. Both ballot measures need only a simple majority to pass. Voters don’t have to vote for or against both measures — they can pick and choose if they so desire.

RATIONALE


YES on BALLOT QUESTION 2C:
Repeal Charter Provisions Regarding the Library
Question 2C only takes effect if voters also approve the proposed library district in County Electors Issue DD.

RATIONALE


YES on BALLOT QUESTION 2D:
Amend Charter Provisions Regarding Direct Election of Mayor
Question MM is amending the charter to handle questions that have arisen since voters in 2020 approved directly electing the mayor.

RATIONALE


No Position on BALLOT QUESTION 2E:
Even-Year Municipal Candidate Elections

Move Boulder City Council and Mayoral elections from being held in odd-numbered years to being held in even-numbered years.

RATIONALE


No Position on BALLOT QUESTION 2F:
Repeal Ordinance 8483 Regarding Annexation of CU South
Seeks the repeal of the 2021 annexation agreement between the City of Boulder and the University of Colorado that annexes the CU-South property and sets its terms. By law, citizens can gather petition signatures to place a “referendum” on the ballot to repeal adopted ordinances or certain state laws. This referendum would pass with a simple majority.

RATIONALE


Town of Erie

YES on BALLOT ISSUE 2A:
Trails, Natural Areas and Community Character Tax Increase
This ballot measure would extend a 4 mill property tax for Town of Erie trails, natural areas, and community character (TNACC) projects until December 31, 2034. The current tax generates approximately $2 million annually, but is set to expire December 31, 2024. The 2022 ballot measure would also expand allowable uses for TNACC revenue to include construction, improvement, repair and maintenance of existing parks and parkland infrastructure.

RATIONALE


YES on BALLOT QUESTION 2B:
Form Home Rule Charter Commission
Form a Home Rule Charter Commission composed of 9 members

RATIONALE


City of Longmont

YES on BALLOT QUESTION 3A:
Modernization of Conduct of City Business
Six separate amendments to the Charter, to remove outdated or unnecessary language in the charter, and to “modernize” city operations.

RATIONALE


YES on BALLOT QUESTION 3B:
Charter Amendment to Prospectively Vacate Office
This ballot measure would amend the Longmont City Charter with respect to City Council vacancies. Currently, when a sitting Council member wants to run for another position (such as Mayor) during their term, if they win, a special election is needed to fill the vacancy. Council would like to offer an option where sitting Council members can voluntarily end their term as they run for another. The Council member interested in pursuing this option must provide notice to the City at least 90 days before the date of the next municipal election. The Council seat would then be automatically vacated, allowing the City to run the election for both seats simultaneously and save the cost and labor of a special election in these cases.

RATIONALE


YES on BALLOT QUESTION 3C:
Funding Resilient St. Vrain Project Improvements
Authorize $20 million in new financing for storm drainage projects in Longmont. It would not require new taxation, since the City of Longmont already collects Storm Drainage funds acquired through storm drainage utility customer payments and fees paid by new development. However, the city expects rate changes for 2022-24. In response to the 2013 floods, the City of Longmont developed the Resilient St. Vrain Project (RSVP), an extensive, multi-year project to fully restore the St. Vrain Greenway and improve the St. Vrain Creek channel to protect people, property and infrastructure from future flood risk. If this ballot measure is approved, the new bonds would be used to finance improving the channel capacity of the St. Vrain Creek from Sunset Street to Hover Street. This would be considered the second phase of a larger project that began in 2014.

RATIONALE


Town of Lyons

Yes/No on BALLOT QUESTION 2A:
Permitted Use Classification of Arts and Cultural Facilities
Would allow certain uses within areas of Lyons designated with Parks and Open Space zoning. Arts and cultural facilities could be allowed as a permitted use, while nonprofit facilities could be allowed as a conditional use. According to the ballot measure language, an opportunity has arisen to use the Visitors Center in Sandstone Park as an arts and cultural facility, and as office space for the Lyons Creative District, while still using the center as a visitors’ center and public restroom. Without this ballot measure passing, the new uses would not be allowed under current Lyons zoning.

RATIONALE


YES/NO on BALLOT ISSUE 2B:
Lodging Tax Increase
Would initially increase an existing $2 per day lodging occupation tax to up to 5% of the lodging rate. This rate may later be adjusted by resolution of the Board of Trustees, but this ballot measure sets the maximum allowable lodging occupation tax at 8% of the lodging rate. The current tax has been applied to lodging rooms or other accommodations, including camping and short-term rentals.

RATIONALE


Town of Superior

YES/NO on BALLOT ISSUE 2A:
Sales and Use Tax
Would replace an expiring 0.16% sales tax for the Superior Metropolitan Exchange District (SMED) with a 0.16% sales tax to be used for Marshall Fire recovery and other related expenses. The SMED tax expires Dec. 31, 2022, while the new tax would expire December 31, 2032. In essence, this measure would continue the exact same Superior sales tax rate already in effect, but the revenue would be used for a different purpose than the original SMED tax.

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Not registered? No problem! You’ll need to be 18 on or before Nov. 8. You’ll need ID. There are deadlines for online registration and for current address change in order to be mailed a ballot.
But you can mask up, walk in, register, and VOTE up to and on Nov. 8, 2022 by 7pm!


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