The Road to Your 2022 Ballot(s)!

EVERY MONTH, there is something you can do, learn, participate in, then share — that “lands” on your ballot. Colorado had its Primary Election on Tuesday, June 28, where all the democratic candidates were nominated, and will be on your ballot in the fall: the midterm General Election on Tuesday, November 8. What’s different about the midterm General Election this year, is that it includes a Special Election to fill Joan Peck’s vacant at large city council seat (Joan Peck was elected as Longmont Mayor last fall).


Let’s walk you through each month of 2022:

— AUGUST —

Throughout the summer, you perhaps will be approached to sign petitions to get measures onto the ballot. Ballotpedia is one place to start to see what’s ahead for Colorado ballots — it will even tell you who’s contributed to the ballot measure campaign.

However, be forewarned: Ballotpedia is described as a “non-profit”, but is sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, which is headed up by Leslie Graves, who is distinctly libertarian (supports “limited government”), with ties back to the Koch Brothers. The info on Ballotpedia appears to be solid, fair and general, but they do not disclose who funds Ballotpedia on the webpage, and this lack of transparency is troubling. That’s probably why, as mentioned, it’s a good place to start, but not necessarily a good place to donate your dollars to.
Colorado’s 2022 Ballot Measures page on Ballotpedia is here.

Sometimes petition gatherers are paid to collect signatures, and that’s a sign of a well funded campaign (that can be good…and that can be bad, depending on the group).
BUT, ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY.
ALWAYS ASK
which groups are behind the petition effort (it must be listed on the back or front page of the petition. Ask if you can see it). Sometimes how a person answers questions about the measure can sound coached, and not necessarily like they believe in the measure themselves — and that should be a red flag to do more research on your own.

Also, if you are unsure of what the ballot measure is for, DO NOT SIGN until you’ve visited the Secretary of State’s TRACER portal, or have researched the measure online, thoroughly.

Also consult trusted sources for recommendations, such as the BCDP*

NEXT, Get familiar with what will be on your November 8, 2022 Ballot (for Boulder County):

All Democrats, unless where noted:

UNITED STATES SENATE
Senator Michael Bennet
(Appointed in 2009, Elected since 2010. 6-year terms. No term limits.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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UNITED STATES CONGRESS, CD2
Representative Joe Neguse
(Elected since 2018. 2-year terms. No term limits.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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GOVERNOR
Jared Polis
(Elected in 2018. 4-year term. Limited to two consecutive terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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SECRETARY OF STATE
Jena Griswold
(Elected in 2018. 4-year term. Limited to two consecutive terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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STATE TREASURER
Dave Young
(Elected in 2018. 4-year term. Limited to two consecutive terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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COLORADO BOARD OF EDUCATION — AT LARGE
Kathy Plomer
(Plomer is the Democrat nominated in the June 28 Primary.
6-year term. Limited to two consecutive terms.)

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Phil Weiser
(Elected in 2018. 4-year term. Limited to two consecutive terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, HD11
Karen McCormick
(Elected in 2020. 2-year term. Limited to four consecutive terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, HD12
Tracey Bernett
(Elected in 2020. 2-year term. Limited to four consecutive terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, HD19
Jennifer Parenti
Running for this seat in 2022.
(no other Democratic challengers)

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STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, HD49
Judy Amabile
(Elected in 2020. 2-year term. Limited to four consecutive terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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STATE SENATOR, SD15
Janice Marchman

Running for this seat in 2022.
(This seat is currently held by a republican)

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CU BOARD OF REGENTS, AT LARGE
Heidi Ganahl, Republican
(Elected in 2016. Current Term ends 2023. Ganahl is currently running for Governor against Jared Polis.
The CU Board of Regents has a representative for each congressional seat, plus 2 at large representatives, which means the new congressional district, CD8, will also have to elect a representative.
And, this would effect the majority of the new 10-member board. )

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BOULDER COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 3
Ashley Stolzmann
Running for this seat in 2022.

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BOULDER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Michael Dougherty
(Elected in 2018. 4-year term.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF
Curtis Johnson
Running for this seat in 2022.

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BOULDER COUNTY CLERK
Molly Fitzpatrick
(Elected in 2018. 4-year term.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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BOULDER COUNTY TREASURER
Paul Weissmann
(Elected since 2014. 4-year terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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BOULDER COUNTY ASSESSOR
Cynthia Braddock
(Appointed in 2017, to fill vacancy. Elected in 2018. 4-year terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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BOULDER COUNTY SURVEYOR
Lee Stadele
(Elected in 2018. 4-year terms.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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BOULDER COUNTY CORONER
Emma Hall
(Elected in 2018. 4-year term.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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RTD BOARD DIRECTOR, District I (the letter “I”)
Erik Davidson
(Sworn in January 2021. Term ends this year. Normally a 4-year term.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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RTD BOARD DIRECTOR, District O
Lynn Guissinger
(Elected in 2018. 4-year term.)
Up for re-election in 2022.

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LONGMONT CITY COUNCIL, At Large
Sean McCoy
Mitzi Nicoletti
(for the seat that was vacated when Joan Peck was elected Mayor of Longmont.
As of this writing, McCoy and Nicoletti have publicly declared candidacy. Next, they’ll have to circulate petitions.

First day for candidates to begin circulating petitions: August 9, 2022

Candidate Petitions due to City Clerk: August 29, 2022 by 5 p.m. The Longmont City Council election is non-partisan.
LAD does not endorse candidates in any non-partisan race.)

— JULY —

By July, you’ll know who all the Democratic nominees that will be on your November 8 ballot.
Boulder County Official Primary Election Results, here.

— JUNE —
PRIMARY ELECTION, TUESDAY, JUNE 28!
All Colorado elections are mail-in ballot. You’ll receive yours around mid-June. Sign up for Ballot Track, here.
Ballot Track is a 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 please find helpful slides from our June 1 LAD Meeting):

There are two contested races on the June 28 Primary Ballot — Boulder County Commissioner, District 3 (2 Democratic candidates: Elaina Shively, Ashley Stolzmann) and Boulder County Sheriff (2 Democratic candidates, David Hayes, Curtis Johnson). Below please find — this just in! — a Candidate Questionnaire conducted by Longmont Latino & Latina Voices for both contested races. Also below are videos from the League of Women Voters of Boulder County and the Latino Chamber of Commerce candidate forums for both contested races:

Longmont Latino and Latina Voices
Boulder County Commissioner, District 3
Candidate Questionnaire
(use menu to view full screen, zoom in/out, or to download)
Boulder County Commissioner, District 3 - Boulder County Commissioner, District 3

Longmont Latino and Latina Voices
Boulder County Sheriff
Candidate Questionnaire
(use menu to view full screen, zoom in/out, or to download)
Boulder County Sheriff Primary 2022 - Boulder County Sheriff Primary 2022


League of Women Voters of Boulder County
Boulder County Commissioner, District 3
Primary Candidate Forum
Candidates: Elaina Shively and Ashley Stolzmann
View on youtube,
below:


League of Women Voters of Boulder County
Boulder County Sheriff
Primary Candidate Forum
Candidates: David Hayes and Curtis Johnson
View on youtube,
below:


Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County
Boulder County Commissioner, District 3
Primary Candidate Forum
Candidates: Elaina Shively and Ashley Stolzmann
View on youtube,
below:


Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County
Boulder County Commissioner, District 3
Candidates: David Hayes and Curtis Johnson
View on youtube,
below:


 

— MAY —
The Boulder County Democratic Party (BCDP) holds its annual fundraiser,
the Champions of Democracy Celebration on Sunday, May 15.
(Tickets for the online event — with keynote speaker Representative Katie Porter! — are still available, here.)
Please consider a donation, or even a recurring donation to the BCDP, the very best use of your grassroots dollars! Why? Because you know exactly where the money is going: supporting neighborhood volunteers, who have dropped the BCDP Voter Guide at doors, during every election, since 2008!
ALSO in MAY: Research Democratic candidates in contested races:
attend Meet & Greets & Town Halls, ask questions about the issues YOU care about!
Decide who you will vote for in the upcoming primary on June 28.

— APRIL —
CD Assemblies, Multi-County HD & SD Assemblies, and State Assembly during April 5–9.
MORE INFO at bocodems.org and coloradodems.org

— MARCH —
CAUCUS is SATURDAY, MARCH 5 (online)
COUNTY ASSEMBLY is SATURDAY, MARCH 26 (online)
Caucus is conducted by your county democratic party. Go to the Boulder County Democratic Party (BCDP)for more info about Caucus, training, pre-registration, important dates, and to sign up for email updates, at bocodems.org

Caucus is where your Precinct Leader is elected, or re-elected.(Precinct Leaders are neighborhood volunteers who help get out the vote, post primary, once Democratic nominees are on the ballot.

Please consider volunteering to help your Precinct Leader drop BCDP Voter Guides!
(perhaps THE MOST rewarding thing you can do! Plus, it’s responsible for RECORD TURNOUT for Democrats in Boulder County, which helps to determine STATEWIDE RACES!)

At Caucus, folks stepped up to be Delegates for County Assembly, where those delegates will cast votes for candidates running for districts within Boulder County to be on the Primary Ballot.

— JANUARY & FEBRUARY —
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEW DISTRICTS
(as a result of redistricting)

Click this widget:

 

— SEPTEMBER —
*In September, usually by the time of the Executive Committee meeting (second Wednesday of the month), the Boulder County Democratic Party (BCDP) will vote on ballot recommendations (“Support”, “Oppose”, or “Take No Position” — whatever position is announced, has to garner 2/3rds majority of the voting Executive Committee members). A committee is formed prior to the September meeting to thoroughly research the ballot issues, so that arguments for and arguments against can be presented at the EC meeting. After the vote, those recommendations are announced on the BCDP website at bocodems.org and are included in the BCDP Voter Guide (printed, and online at bocovoter.org)

— OCTOBER —

YOU’LL RECEIVE YOUR BALLOT MID-OCTOBER!  But also during October, it is your precinct leaders primary job to drop voter guides at doors, beginning the same week that ballots arrive in mailboxes, then dropping “vote notes” — reminders to drop off ballots in the days before the election on Tuesday, November 8.
Contact your precinct leader, and ask if they need help, here.
TWO HOURS ON A WEEKEND CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

 Come back to this widget for updated information about the road to your ballot:



knowing your districts:

Redistricting happened last year, and maps for both the congressional districts and state legislative districts were finalized by the Colorado Supreme Court in December. (CDs 1—8 representing Colorado in Washington, and 35 state senate and 65 state house districts totaling 100 representatives in our state legislature’s General Assembly). The Boulder County Clerk just finished “reprecincting”,meaning, reconciling the new district lines with how they might modify precincts. Precincts are neighborhood districts, essentially. And county parties elect precinct leaders for each precinct at the caucus process in March. The primary task of the Boulder County Democratic Party Precinct Leaders is to elect the Democratic nominees on every part of the ballot (Democratic nominees are candidates that have won the primary in June).  ALSO: The 2022 Colorado Legislative Session started on January 12.We now have Democratic majorities in the state house and state senate chambers, but the lead is only 3 votes in the state senate, and we could lose that! Republicans in state legislative majorities all over this country have proven that when in power, they will pass legislation to attack voting rights. They’ll do it here in Colorado, too.

RIGHT NOW, LOOK UP YOUR DISTRICTS: Go to govotecolorado.com, which will take you to the Secretary of State’s website.(UPDATE: The new district info has been flowed into the voter database on the Secretary of State’s website.) Click “Find my registration”, then fill out your name, zip and birthdate. (if you aren’t registered, please do so now, and if your address has changed, please update your record). Once your voter registration record appears, click the “County and District Information” tab, where you’ll see your long precinct number up top. The last 3 digits are your “unique precinct identifier”. The rest of the numbers are your district numbers, as explained in the “what does this number mean” link (the “o7” is the number for Boulder County). Make note, or take a screenshot of them. You’ll find that some of your districts have changed. And even though your present representatives for the former district lines will still serve within those lines for the rest of the year, some of them will be running for office for the new lines. (Are you confused yet? You’re not alone, but we’re here to help! EMAIL US WITH QUESTIONS:longmontareadems@gmail.com)

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?: When you know your districts, you can find out who represents you or for that matter, who doesn’t. Candidates for your congressional district, one US Senator (Bennet), State of Colorado (that’s Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Treasurer), all the county offices (Sheriff, Commissioners, Clerk, Assessors, Treasurer, Surveyor) — and more, will ALL be on your Primary Ballot, June 28. And knowing this early will inform you about candidates and the rest of your ballot, and is likely to further engage you in the democratic process.

More folks engaged, means a stronger DEMOCRACY!

You can check out the new district lines for the Longmont area by clicking this widget. There are changes throughout the districts for Longmont, but the largest change is for Longmont’s congressional district (formerly CD4, now CD2):