• VOTE YES

    We recommend voting YES.

  • The Parks and Trails Sales Tax Extension Measure would make permanent the Arapahoe County sales and use tax authorized in 2003. This measure provides revenue for maintaining parks and wildlife areas, trails, local farms, and water conservation projects. Since its institution, this measure has created 160 parks, trailheads and heritage-area projects; conserved 31,000 acres of open spaces; and in collaboration with partners, has completed 70 miles of trails.
    The Parks and Trails Sales Tax Extension Measure would make permanent the Arapahoe County sales and use tax authorized in 2003. This measure provides revenue for maintaining parks and wildlife areas, trails, local farms, and water conservation projects. Since its institution, this measure has created 160 parks, trailheads and heritage-area projects; conserved 31,000 acres of open spaces; and in collaboration with partners, has completed 70 miles of trails.

Depending on where you live, you may have the following city races on your ballot.

  • Candice Bailey has a long record of racial and social justice activism as a 30-year resident of Aurora. Bailey serves on numerous local boards and committees dedicated to fostering impactful change: City of Aurora Community Police Task Force, the City of Aurora Citizens' Advisory Budget Committee, the City of Aurora Community Mobilization Team, the Youth Violence Prevention Program, the State of Colorado Child Welfare and Domestic Violence Task Force, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and National Action Network Colorado. Bailey's campaign issues are to promote "economic resiliency, community safety and wellness, and restore trust and accountability" to Aurora's government.
    Candice Bailey has a long record of racial and social justice activism as a 30-year resident of Aurora. Bailey serves on numerous local boards and committees dedicated to fostering impactful change: City of Aurora Community Police Task Force, the City of Aurora Citizens' Advisory Budget Committee, the City of Aurora Community Mobilization Team, the Youth Violence Prevention Program, the State of Colorado Child Welfare and Domestic Violence Task Force, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and National Action Network Colorado. Bailey's campaign issues are to promote "economic resiliency, community safety and wellness, and restore trust and accountability" to Aurora's government.

    Candice Bailey

    Candice Bailey has a long record of racial and social justice activism as a 30-year resident of Aurora. Bailey serves on numerous local boards and committees dedicated to fostering impactful change: City of Aurora Community Police Task Force, the City of Aurora Citizens' Advisory Budget Committee, the City of Aurora Community Mobilization Team, the Youth Violence Prevention Program, the State of Colorado Child Welfare and Domestic Violence Task Force, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and National Action Network Colorado. Bailey's campaign issues are to promote "economic resiliency, community safety and wellness, and restore trust and accountability" to Aurora's government.
  • University of Denver School of Public Affairs professor John Ronquillo is running for Aurora City Council in order to "confront policy issues through the use of data and evidence-based decision making and doing so in a collaborative, solution-oriented spirit." Ronquillo serves on the Advisory Council of the Colorado COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project and the Boards of Servicios de La Raza and the Arapahoe County Foundation. Ronquillo was previously a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance—Colorado Chapter Board of Directors and served on the Children’s Hospital Colorado Family Advisory Council.
    University of Denver School of Public Affairs professor John Ronquillo is running for Aurora City Council in order to "confront policy issues through the use of data and evidence-based decision making and doing so in a collaborative, solution-oriented spirit." Ronquillo serves on the Advisory Council of the Colorado COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project and the Boards of Servicios de La Raza and the Arapahoe County Foundation. Ronquillo was previously a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance—Colorado Chapter Board of Directors and served on the Children’s Hospital Colorado Family Advisory Council.

    John Ronquillo

    University of Denver School of Public Affairs professor John Ronquillo is running for Aurora City Council in order to "confront policy issues through the use of data and evidence-based decision making and doing so in a collaborative, solution-oriented spirit." Ronquillo serves on the Advisory Council of the Colorado COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project and the Boards of Servicios de La Raza and the Arapahoe County Foundation. Ronquillo was previously a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance—Colorado Chapter Board of Directors and served on the Children’s Hospital Colorado Family Advisory Council.

School Board

  • Incumbent Director Kelly Bates is running for re-election to represent District D on the Cherry Creek School Board. Bates was first elected in 2017 and currently serves as the board’s Vice President. Bates is a mother of five children who went through the Cherry Creek school district and previously worked as a preschool teacher. She has servedon numerous volunteer committees within the district since 2004, when her first child started elementary school.


    In her time on the board, Bates prioritized student safety by expanding the district’s mental health services, working closely with state and local health departments on COVID-19 protocols, and served as the school board liaison for the district’s Safety and Security Task Force. Bates has participated in the district’s Beyond Diversity Training and is committing to tackling her own unconscious biases and creating a more equitable district. One of her primary goals is to foster a nurturing environment for students of all backgrounds, races, sexualities, and abilities.


    Bates’ opponents are Jennifer Gibbons and Schumé Navarro. Gibbons is a mother of four and a Doctor of Audiology. In 2016, she founded Heritage Heights Academy, a charter school within the district. Gibbons wants to apply her experiences from founding a small charter school to the entire school district, despite significant differences in scale and student population. Gibbons has also played “both sides” when it comes to basic COVID-19 public health practices like mask wearing. When asked about the number one issue facing the school district, Gibbons did not mention the pandemic, closing the achievement gap, or student equity. To her, the number one issue facing the district is “division.” Gibbons is not the progressive choice.


    Bates’ other opponent, Schumé Navarro is a QAnon conspiracy theorist campaigning against the science-backed COVID safety measures of mask-wearing and vaccines. Notably, she attended the January 6th insurrection in Washington DC and is pushing the manufactured hysteria around the teaching of “critical race theory” in schools (they do not teach critical race theory in the district). Navarro would be a disaster for the school district.


    Kelly Bates deserves your vote for District D. Her experience, policies, and endorsements from partner organizations make her the clear progressive choice in this election.

    Incumbent Director Kelly Bates is running for re-election to represent District D on the Cherry Creek School Board. Bates was first elected in 2017 and currently serves as the board’s Vice President. Bates is a mother of five children who went through the Cherry Creek school district and previously worked as a preschool teacher. She has servedon numerous volunteer committees within the district since 2004, when her first child started elementary school.


    In her time on the board, Bates prioritized student safety by expanding the district’s mental health services, working closely with state and local health departments on COVID-19 protocols, and served as the school board liaison for the district’s Safety and Security Task Force. Bates has participated in the district’s Beyond Diversity Training and is committing to tackling her own unconscious biases and creating a more equitable district. One of her primary goals is to foster a nurturing environment for students of all backgrounds, races, sexualities, and abilities.


    Bates’ opponents are Jennifer Gibbons and Schumé Navarro. Gibbons is a mother of four and a Doctor of Audiology. In 2016, she founded Heritage Heights Academy, a charter school within the district. Gibbons wants to apply her experiences from founding a small charter school to the entire school district, despite significant differences in scale and student population. Gibbons has also played “both sides” when it comes to basic COVID-19 public health practices like mask wearing. When asked about the number one issue facing the school district, Gibbons did not mention the pandemic, closing the achievement gap, or student equity. To her, the number one issue facing the district is “division.” Gibbons is not the progressive choice.


    Bates’ other opponent, Schumé Navarro is a QAnon conspiracy theorist campaigning against the science-backed COVID safety measures of mask-wearing and vaccines. Notably, she attended the January 6th insurrection in Washington DC and is pushing the manufactured hysteria around the teaching of “critical race theory” in schools (they do not teach critical race theory in the district). Navarro would be a disaster for the school district.


    Kelly Bates deserves your vote for District D. Her experience, policies, and endorsements from partner organizations make her the clear progressive choice in this election.

    Kelly Bates

    Incumbent Director Kelly Bates is running for re-election to represent District D on the Cherry Creek School Board. Bates was first elected in 2017 and currently serves as the board’s Vice President. Bates is a mother of five children who went through the Cherry Creek school district and previously worked as a preschool teacher. She has servedon numerous volunteer committees within the district since 2004, when her first child started elementary school.


    In her time on the board, Bates prioritized student safety by expanding the district’s mental health services, working closely with state and local health departments on COVID-19 protocols, and served as the school board liaison for the district’s Safety and Security Task Force. Bates has participated in the district’s Beyond Diversity Training and is committing to tackling her own unconscious biases and creating a more equitable district. One of her primary goals is to foster a nurturing environment for students of all backgrounds, races, sexualities, and abilities.


    Bates’ opponents are Jennifer Gibbons and Schumé Navarro. Gibbons is a mother of four and a Doctor of Audiology. In 2016, she founded Heritage Heights Academy, a charter school within the district. Gibbons wants to apply her experiences from founding a small charter school to the entire school district, despite significant differences in scale and student population. Gibbons has also played “both sides” when it comes to basic COVID-19 public health practices like mask wearing. When asked about the number one issue facing the school district, Gibbons did not mention the pandemic, closing the achievement gap, or student equity. To her, the number one issue facing the district is “division.” Gibbons is not the progressive choice.


    Bates’ other opponent, Schumé Navarro is a QAnon conspiracy theorist campaigning against the science-backed COVID safety measures of mask-wearing and vaccines. Notably, she attended the January 6th insurrection in Washington DC and is pushing the manufactured hysteria around the teaching of “critical race theory” in schools (they do not teach critical race theory in the district). Navarro would be a disaster for the school district.


    Kelly Bates deserves your vote for District D. Her experience, policies, and endorsements from partner organizations make her the clear progressive choice in this election.

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    Duane Tucker

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    Julie Hoag

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  • VOTE NO

    We recommend voting NO.

  • The Legislative Authority for Spending State Money would mandate that all state spending from “outside funds” — such as federal money or private donations — would need to be determined and approved by the Colorado Legislature. At a time when Colorado is still rebounding from several disasters, this amendment would effectively paralyze our state in times of future emergencies, when our government needs more flexibility and responsiveness, not less. It also risks over-politicization of ongoing state activities and reduces the influence of technical experts. When our budgeting system fails to produce evidence-based, timely solutions, the most marginalized Coloradans suffer and we miss opportunities to make critical long-term investments in public infrastructure. We must find more nuanced solutions that promote both transparency and effective budgeting.

    The Legislative Authority for Spending State Money would mandate that all state spending from “outside funds” — such as federal money or private donations — would need to be determined and approved by the Colorado Legislature. At a time when Colorado is still rebounding from several disasters, this amendment would effectively paralyze our state in times of future emergencies, when our government needs more flexibility and responsiveness, not less. It also risks over-politicization of ongoing state activities and reduces the influence of technical experts. When our budgeting system fails to produce evidence-based, timely solutions, the most marginalized Coloradans suffer and we miss opportunities to make critical long-term investments in public infrastructure. We must find more nuanced solutions that promote both transparency and effective budgeting.

  • No Position

    We are neutral on Proposition 119.

  • The Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program would raise sales tax on marijuana purchases from 15% to 20% over three years to fund out-of-school educational programs for children ages 5-17, with a priority for providing programs for low-income households. It is estimated that this would raise an estimated $137 million per year. Though the outcome of this taxation is of course laudable, continuing to fund needed education and enrichment programs through “sin taxes,” is an unsustainable model and circumvents the necessary major systemic funding issues we need to address as a state.

    The Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program would raise sales tax on marijuana purchases from 15% to 20% over three years to fund out-of-school educational programs for children ages 5-17, with a priority for providing programs for low-income households. It is estimated that this would raise an estimated $137 million per year. Though the outcome of this taxation is of course laudable, continuing to fund needed education and enrichment programs through “sin taxes,” is an unsustainable model and circumvents the necessary major systemic funding issues we need to address as a state.

  • Endorsed By: The Bell Policy Center
  • VOTE NO

    We recommend voting NO.

  • The Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction Proposition would: lower the property tax assessment rate for non-residential property from 29% to 26.4%, and lower the property tax assessment rate for residential property from 7.1% to 6.5%.


    This reduction would cut needed public funding -- an estimated $45 million in its first year -- for local government services that all Coloradans rely on, such as schools, fire departments, and police departments. In sum, this proposition would have the effect of primarily benefitting wealthy property owners while robbing funding from crucial public investments like education and infrastructure. When public programs such as these are continually underfunded, the most marginalized in our communities are consistently disproportionally harmed.

    The Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction Proposition would: lower the property tax assessment rate for non-residential property from 29% to 26.4%, and lower the property tax assessment rate for residential property from 7.1% to 6.5%.


    This reduction would cut needed public funding -- an estimated $45 million in its first year -- for local government services that all Coloradans rely on, such as schools, fire departments, and police departments. In sum, this proposition would have the effect of primarily benefitting wealthy property owners while robbing funding from crucial public investments like education and infrastructure. When public programs such as these are continually underfunded, the most marginalized in our communities are consistently disproportionally harmed.

  • VOTE YES

    We recommend voting YES.

  • The Parks and Trails Sales Tax Extension Measure would make permanent the Arapahoe County sales and use tax authorized in 2003. This measure provides revenue for maintaining parks and wildlife areas, trails, local farms, and water conservation projects. Since its institution, this measure has created 160 parks, trailheads and heritage-area projects; conserved 31,000 acres of open spaces; and in collaboration with partners, has completed 70 miles of trails.
    The Parks and Trails Sales Tax Extension Measure would make permanent the Arapahoe County sales and use tax authorized in 2003. This measure provides revenue for maintaining parks and wildlife areas, trails, local farms, and water conservation projects. Since its institution, this measure has created 160 parks, trailheads and heritage-area projects; conserved 31,000 acres of open spaces; and in collaboration with partners, has completed 70 miles of trails.
  • Endorsed By: Conservation Colorado