Municipal Elections Task Force Overview

Staff: Kate Barton, Chief of External Affairs & Managing Director

Meeting times:

  • Preparation meetings: 12:00-1:30PM January 20 and February 2 (lunch will be served)
  • Interviews: 9AM-5PM February 9, 23,24 and 11AM-5PM February 13, 14 (30-minute interview of each candidate; 4-6 task force members present)
  • Final report meeting: 9:30-11AM March 2

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Task Force Objective

Interview all candidates running for municipal office in 2023, as well as publish and promote a 2023 Municipal Elections Candidate Guide by the end of February 2023.

Project Timeline 

  • January: Kick off Municipal Election Working Group, develop survey and process for interviews and finalize partnerships 
  • February: Interview candidates 
  • Early-mid March: Release 2023 Municipal Election Ballot Guide 
  • April: Election Day 
  • April-June: Determine action needed depending on run-offs  
  • Run-Off Debate + Candidates at Board 

Application Requirements 

  • Public policy role in a partner organization 
  • Previous experience interviewing municipal candidates and/or preparing candidate or issue briefs either in a volunteer or professional capacity 

Additional Information 

We will ask you to complete a conflict of interest form in advance of participating in the task force to ensure that we are running a fair process. If you have contributed to any candidates, we will ask that you disclose that information so we can schedule interviews accordingly. You will need to recuse yourself from interviewing that candidate and their opponents but we would still like you to participate in the rest of the process.

Task Force Member Expectations 

Task force members will:  

  • Commit to attending 3 meetings + 1 day of interviews (4-6 hours minimum)   
  • 2 preparation meetings, attend at least 1 day of interviews (out of 4-5 days) and final report meeting 
  • Prepare for meetings in advance by reading the agenda, emails, and materials sent prior to the meeting
  • Arrive to meetings on time and stay until the end
  • Serve as active discussion participants by listening respectfully to others, contributing to the discussion, and communicating ideas concisely.
  • Thoroughly complete assigned tasks by agreed-upon deadlines
  • Commit to the entire term of service as outlined on this page

Task Force Member Code of Conduct 

The Downtown Denver Partnership is dedicated to providing an inclusive, respectful, and harassment-free member experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, or branch of military service.   

We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any form. Members or participants violating these rules may be sanctioned and/or expelled from the Downtown Denver Partnership at the discretion of staff; they may also be barred from participation in future Downtown Denver Partnership committees, task forces, programs, and events.   

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of the Downtown Denver Partnership for everyone.    

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to the Downtown Denver Partnership staff.   

The Downtown Denver Partnership is committed to engaging with our community of residents and businesses that fuel the quality of life and define the soul of Denver as we work to forge a center city that is welcoming to everyone, reflecting communities of the past, present, and future.  

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