February 13, 2018
On February 8, 2018, Representative Tim Leonard sent out an email in which he shared his latest bill.
For decades there has been a game played saying that school board candidates were not partisan. The fact is, some candidates are strongly partisan, but want to hide their party affiliation from the public.
That has been used as a tool, especially by the democrat party, to hide from the public who the republicans are, and to pretend they are themselves are above politics.
Link to YouTube about Tim Leonard’s bill increasing transparency in our elections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=R-eZQh_gezY
Representative Leonard’s email follows:
From: Rep. Tim Leonard [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:10 PM
Subject: Week 5: Transparency in Elections Matters
State Representative Member:
DISTRICT 25 Education Committee
TIMOTHY J. LEONARD State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee
31713 Ruby Ranch Road Legislative Audit Committee
Evergreen, CO 80203
“Transparency” is a word I keep hearing as I visit with constituents in our district.
In particular, transparency in elections is an important component to our representative government.
Just this last election cycle, I was asked over and over again about candidates for school board.
People were wondering why slates of candidates were running together as Republicans and Democrats, yet no party information was available for them.
And none of them were transparent enough to state their party.
We only knew their affiliation by all the money that flowed from the outside to market for them.
Why are these candidates supposed to be non-partisan, but partisan politics surrounds their races?
At least if they wanted to state their party affiliation, they ought to be able to in order to provide some level of transparency to the voters.
That’s why I introduced HB18-1213 Declare Party Affiliation School District Director, this year.
It seeks to shine some light on school board candidates by at least allowing them (not requiring them) to declare their political party affiliation, if any.
Watch for future video updates on what happens at the Capitol.
Thank you and God Bless,
Rep. Tim Leonard
House District 25
Mountains of Jefferson County
P.S. Transparency in elections is an important part of our representative government.
That’s why I’ve introduced legislation that would give school board candidates who are running for office the ability to list their party affiliation.