I just obtained Colorado’s Salaries of State and County Elected Officials. This excellent report was specially prepared by Geoff Johnson at the Office of Legislative Counsel, thanks to a constituent request placed for me by state Senator Dan Gibbs.
Until now, this information was not available online or through any one source in Colorado, including the Colorado.gov website. Ex-Pat Ex-Lawyer is committed to transparency issues, and we appreciate public officials who make that work easier, regardless of political party. The report will be kept permanently in the Resources section of the blog, located on the right. It’s four pages long, and clearly involved meticulous research.
In exhaustive detail, I described my exhausting ordeal in obtaining this material when I first embarked on this project on March 12. I thought it would be easy. I thought wrong.
My break came when the independent, non-government employee webmaster for the Colorado.gov site referred me to Natalie Mullis, an Economist at the Office of Legislative Counsel. Bright and wanting to help, she offered to personally submit my request to Dan Gibbs. Legislative staffer Geoff Johnson then contacted me and went into major research action.
Gibbs is the popular Democratic State Senator for District 16. He announced late last year he would not run for reelection, and would instead run for Summit County Commissioner. He is opposed by Republican Realtor, Darcy Lystlund. Incumbent Democrat Bob French is term-limited.
As regular readers know, the Senate District 16 race has been of great interest to this blog, because it’s my home district and because of my strong views on the Republican candidates, DA Mark Hurlbert from Breckenridge, and conservative Evergreen businessman, Tim Leonard. Gilpin County Commissioner Jeanne Nicholson is the Democratic candidate, and has no primary opponent.
As we reported exclusively, outgoing Democrat Commissioner Bob French has endorsed Hurlbert in the race, an unusual and surprising cross-party move. The open seat provides a great opportunity for a Republican pickup with the right candidate, and could be pivotal in reversing the current 21-14 Democrat senate majority.