September 5, 2007:
The meeting was called to order by Co-president Pat.
Pat spoke about the coming municipal election on November 7th. She explained that in support of LAD’s Mission Statement “to inform and educate” its members, the Board decided to develop a questionnaire regarding issues that may be important to Longmont’s citizens. It was submitted to all 11 candidates running for local offices, with the comment that their responses was optional. Seven candidates replied. They were:
Mayoral candidates: Karen Benker, Doug Brown and Roger Lange
Ward I candidates: Brian Hansen and James DeVore
Ward III candidate: Sean McCoy
At-Large candidate: Sarah Levison
The written responses were made available at the meeting and would be published on the LAD website. See www.longmontdems.org,.
Based on the candidates’ responses, the Board recommended that LAD make a $100 contribution to each of the campaigns of Karen Benker, Brian Hansen, Sean McCoy, and Sarah Levison. Members voted approval.
Public funding of elections. Speakers were Dan Gould, Jim Hoffmeister and Mark Kastler from Clean Campaigns Colorado. Their organization has been focusing its efforts on how to reform political campaign financing in Colorado in order to reduce the influence of special interest groups. They also described actions that other states are taking to change the involvement of money in campaigns. Q & A followed the presentation.