Colorado Russ (russj) wrote in longmont,
Colorado Russ
russj
longmont

2007 Longmont Elections

The campaign has started for the Longmont City Council, local Ballot Initiatives, and the St. Vrain Valley School Board.

NOTE: The Boulder County Coordinated Election is by BY MAIL BALLOT ONLY! -- No Precinct Polling Locations! And the county says that only ACTIVE voters will automatically receive a ballot by mail!! If you didn't vote in the last election, you may be listed as "INACTIVE". Check the Boulder County website to be sure at: http://www.co.boulder.co.us/clerk/elections/promptforname.html
    Important Dates:
  • Oct 9 is the last day to register to vote, or to change your status to ACTIVE and receive a mailed ballot.
  • Oct 11 Meet the candidates at the 6:30 PM candidate forum in the Albert E James Auditorium at Longmont High School, 1040 Sunset St. Sponsored by the Daily Times-Call, Longmont Cable Trust Channel 3, the League of Women Woters and the Longmont Area Chanber of Commerce, the doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Oct 12-22 Ballots mailed out to all ACTIVE registered voters
  • Oct 12-Nov 5 An accessible electronic voting machine will be available for disabled voters who would prefer to vote without assistance. The voting machine will be located only clerk & recorder’s office in Boulder from 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday and 7am to 7pm on election day – November 6th. Ballots available for replacement, inactive, emergency and reinstated voters
  • Oct 30 Suggested last day voter can request a replacement ballot to be mailed (after this day, ballots can be picked up at Boulder office during business hours and until 7 p.m. on Election Day, 1750 33rd Street)
  • Oct 30 Last day to request a mail-in (formerly know as an absentee) ballot to be mailed (after this day, ballots can be picked up at Boulder office until Friday, November 2nd). “Mail-in” is an option for voters who will be temporarily away from their voter registration address during the election period and not able to pick up their mail at that address.
  • Nov 2 Last day to apply for a mail-in (formerly know as an absentee) ballot to be picked-up
  • Nov 3 Drive by drop-off: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    1. Boulder County Clerk’s office: 1750 33rd Street
    2. Longmont: 500 block of Terry Street, east side curb (behind 529 Coffman Street clerk’s office)
    3. Louisville: 824 Front Street (Steinbaugh Pavilion)

  • Nov 6 ELECTION DAY: Replacement ballots available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Boulder office of the clerk & recorder ONLY An accessible electronic voting machine will be available for disabled voters who would prefer to vote without assistance. The voting machine will be located only at the clerk & recorder’s office in Boulder from 7:00
    a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ballot drop-off will be available on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at:

    1. Boulder County Clerk’s office
    2. Boulder County Courthouse Lobby – ELECTION DAY ONLY!!! (Pearl Street Mall in Boulder)
    3. Longmont: 500 block of Terry Street, east side curb (behind 529
      Coffman Street clerk’s office)
    4. Louisville: 824 Front Street (Steinbaugh Pavilion)




All registered voters in the city can vote for mayoral and at-large candidates.
The ward representatives can only be chosen by voters who live in that ward.

Candidates for Mayor:

Karen Benker (D) Already on council
Website: http://www.karenbenker.org
http://www.timescall.com/Local-Story.asp?ID=2654
Roger Lange (R)Already on council
Website: http://www.langeformayor.org
http://www.timescall.com/Local-Story.asp?ID=2183

At-Large Council Candidates:

Gabe Santos (R)Has an official web site:
http://www.gabesantos.com/
Sarah Levison (D)Placed 3rd in the 2005 Ward-3 race
Recently appointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission
Website: http://www.levisonforlongmont.com/
Paul Tiger (L)Has a web site and a blog:
http://paultiger.com/
http://denver.yourhub.com/User.aspx?UserID=8855

Ward-1 Council Candidates:

James DeVore (R)I actually know James, since he attends my church.
Brian Hansen (D)
Aaron Rawlins (R)Has an official web site:
http://www.voteaaron.com/

Ward-3 Council Candidates:

Bonnie Finley (R)Program Director for the Colorado Association of Commerce and industry
http://www.cochamber.com/about/staff.asp
Official Web site: http://www.bonniefinley.com
Sean Patrick McCoy (D)Banking Instructor at the Boulder Technical Education Center
http://www.bvsd.org/schools/BoulderTec/Lists/Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=29
Official Web site: http://www.electmccoy.org

City Ballot Initiatives:

Issue 2ALodging TaxThis initiative would create a new 2% lodging tax on every night spent in Longmont hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfasts. Funds to promote tourism.
The same initiative was defeated by a 58% vote in last year's election.
Issue 2BStorm Drainage BondsThis initiative would allow the city to borrow an additional $15.54 million to finance storm drainage capital improvements. To be repaid later at taxpayer expense.
Issue 2CExtend Open Space TaxThis initiative would allow the city to borrow an additional $31 million to be paid back by extending the current 0.20% Longmont open space sales tax through December 31, 2034.
This tax was approved in November, 2000 and is currently set to expire in 2020, so this would keep it in effect for another fourteen years.
Question 2DJudge retentionThis initiative would allow Municipal Judge Diana VanDeHey to keep her job for two more years.

County Ballot Initiatives:

Issue 1AExtend Open Space TaxThis initiative would allow the county to borrow an additional $40 million to be paid back by extending the .10% sales and use tax for open space until December 31, 2029.
There are already three separate county open space sales taxes already in effect for a total of .45%--see http://www.josephsons.org/blog/LongmontSalesTax.gif. I assume the proposed extension is on the one approved in 2000, which is set to expire on December 31, 2009. If so, this would be a twenty year extension.
Issue 1BExtend Transportation TaxThis asks for an extension of the .10% sales and use tax for transit improvement projects until June 30, 2024, "in accordance with Board of County Commissioners resolution 2007-79."
This resolution was passed unanimously on August 14, 2007 and amended on September 4th. Strangely the board minutes do not detail this resolution, and a search of the County web site does not reveal it.
This tax was approved in 2002, and is currently set to expire on June 30, 2009, so this would be a fifteen-year extension.

St. Vrain Valley School Board Race:

http://www.stvrain.k12.co.us/boardOfEducation/upcomingElection.php
District-A School Board Candidates:
John Fallon
Rick HammansIncumbent: was appointed last October
District-C School Board Candidates:
Incumbent Robert Auman is not running
This means that the School District will be asking for applicants, from which they will appoint someone to serve until the next election.
District-E School Board Candidates:
John Creighton
District-G School Board Candidates:
Merrill BohaningIncumbent: will seek re-election
Mike SchiersFrederick Trustee: term ends in April


All registered voters in the St. Vrain Valley school district (including part of Weld County) may vote for all the school board candidates.



The Candidates:
I know something about the mayoral candidates, having heard them quoted in the newspaper, speak in city council meetings, and having met several of them. That said, I strongly disapprove of Karen Benker. Her positions are the most extreme of any council member, and appear unexamined to me.

I've met Gabe Santos, and was suitably impressed. He claims to be the only person not already on the council who attended all sessions of the recent city retreat.

The Issues:
Open space. Note that 65% of Boulder County land is already publicly owned! Just how much public land is enough? When the government purchases open space, property tax is no longer assessed on it, and your own property taxes must increase to make up the loss.

New and longer taxes. To me it is disturbing that our elected officials want to tax us in the future so they can spend more money now. Their plan is to spend now and make us pay later--with interest. This is not responsible government. We need to pay as we go, for we will have new needs in the future.

What do you know about the candidates and issues? Whom do you favor, and why?


2005 Election results
2003 Election Results
2001 Election Results
1999 Election Results
1997 Election Results

Note that I have listed the party affiliation of each candidate, that voters may be informed.

Other Opinions:
http://www.wrongmont.com/09042007.html
http://eastboco.blogspot.com/2007/08/and-theyre-off-eastboco-races.html
http://www.longmontareademocrats.org/?p=222






In the July 31 Longmont Times-Call, a invitation was published for a candidate event at the home of Pat Davis, for today, August 1, at 6PM. The address is 1709 Harvard, and food will be provided by the Longmont area Democrats. They ask that you bring your own non-disposable utensils.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 6 comments