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Boulder Forms Working Group to Address Campaign Reform

The working group will be appointed by the city manager with the advice and consent of the City Council

The City of Boulder is accepting applications for a community working group to address local campaign rules. The working group, consisting of community members, individuals who have participated in past elections or ballot initiatives, and representatives from election-related organizations, will analyze and make recommendations to the City Council concerning changes to the City of Boulder Charter and Code provisions addressing campaign finance, initiative, referendum and other election rules and addressing other election matters.

In December 2017, City Council requested that the city manager establish a small working group for analysis of the Charter and Code provisions. The council’s expectation is that the working group will prepare recommendations to tighten existing provisions regarding campaign finance, clarify certain requirements regarding elections and simplify filing provisions for initiatives and referenda. The working group will be appointed by the city manager with the advice and consent of the City Council. Preference will be given to members of the public with demonstrated knowledge and/or interest in election matters.

The city manager will appoint up to 12 members to the working group. It will include, but not be limited to the following members:

  • Representative(s) of the League of Women Voters of Boulder County, CO;
  • Person(s) who participated in drafting the 1999 citizen initiated campaign finance reform measure for the Boulder City Charter;
  • A person associated with Colorado Ethics Watch, a recently dissolved association focused on ethics in elections or similar organization;
  • Person(s) who may have served on candidate or ballot measure committees in recent city of Boulder elections;
  • Residents of the city of Boulder with a demonstrated interest in election matters. This may include persons who have been participants in the initiative process in the last three years or have other perspectives that may be helpful to the working group.

The city manager will make recommendations on working group members at the Jan. 23 council study session; the group’s final recommendation on campaign-related matters will be reported to council by Aug. 31. Recommendations accepted by council and requiring Charter revisions would be placed on the November 2018 ballot.

Applicants for the working group should submit a letter of interest, including relevant experience, to City Manager Jane Brautigam at [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. The letter should include the applicant’s residential address as well as which of the categories the applicant would represent. In appointing working group members, the city manager will look for individuals who have demonstrated knowledge regarding election matters, who will provide thoughtful input and will work toward the best interests of the community. The working group charter is available at

An initial recommendation concerning election matters is due to City Council in March, with interim reports due in May and June, and a final report by the end of August. The exact schedule for meetings has not yet been determined, although it is likely that the working group will meet every other week through May in order to meet the schedule established by the City Council.

Published: Jan. 9, 2018

Media Contacts:
Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959
Ben Irwin, Deputy Communication Director, 303-441-3155

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