Category Archives: Transparency

0302_Colorado Representative Tim Leonard introduced HB 18-1213_ that allows school board candidates to declare party affiliation_YouTube

Donna Jack
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.

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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:

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From: Rep. Tim Leonard [mailto:tim@timleonardforcolorado.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:10 PM
To:
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
Capitol:  303-866-2582
tim@timleonardforcolorado.com

Fellow Coloradan,

“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. Continue reading

0080_Will Tens of Millions be “stolen” from us by dishonestly-elected Jeffco BOE members? Petition and ballot were identical lies

Donna Jack
March 7, 2015/revised Sept. 2, 2016

March 2, 2016 the message below was sent by a friend.  Just wanted you to see what is happening in our school district since the 5-person school board has been unanimously dishonestly taken over by five union-supported members.

Message received March 5, 2016

I’m writing with urgent news about the next Jefferson County Board meeting tomorrow, March 3.

“The previous JeffCo board had committed for the Jefferson County School District to pay $18 million and incur NO debt to build a new school.  Now the new board is set to approve financing $31 million to build the same school and plan to finance an addition for another school at $17 million – PLUS interest for both projects!  The board may vote on this resolution as early as tomorrow, March 3.”

We are paying dearly, because voters trusted people who told lies. Continue reading

0042_November 25, 2015 letter to new Jeffco 5-Democrat BOE: Are transparency and accountability beginning to vanish?

[pdf of this letter]   

This letter online through school district website:

http://www.boarddocs.com/co/jeffco/Board.nsf/files/A4UNGY5D3077/$file/c151021O.pdf

Letter:

TO Jeffco BOE Members:

Ron Mitchell, romitche@jeffco.k12.co.us
Ali Lassel, alasell@jeffco.k12.co.us
Susan Harmon, suharmon@jeffco.k12.co.us
Amanda Stevens, ajsteven@jeffco.k12.co.us
Brad Rupert, crupert@jeffco.k12.co.us

Copies: The Jeffco BOE as a whole: board@jeffco.k12.co.us;Superintendent, Dan McMinimee, dmcminim@jeffco.k12.co.us; the public.

Dear Jefferson County Board of Education members Ron, Ali, Susan, Amanda and Brad,

Please continue the accountability and transparency demonstrated by the previous Jeffco BOE majority.

Some people that witnessed the great accountability, transparency, and respect demonstrated by the previous Jeffco BOE republican majority, now have some legitimate concerns.

You were elected for several reasons, and two of the reasons you were elected were: 1) the blatant lies printed on the petitions, and 2) the identical dishonest wording on the ballots for the recall.

You can compare and see the exact same false claims on both the recall petition and the ballot for recall.

See a video about The Denver Post recommendation to vote no on the recall.

And read The Denver Post Editorial Board, recommendation for a no-vote on the recall, dated October 13, 2015.  They said their recommendation not to recall, was based on the false statements on the ballot.

Then on November 19, 2015, even before you were sworn in, you had  eliminated all (1 hour) of the public testimony to speak about the agenda for the meeting, which under the previous board majority, had been given before the agenda was talked about.  Continue reading