Paul Lopez spent over 10 years representing District 3, Denver’s Westside, on Denver City Council. Being the most senior member of the Denver City Council and also being term-limited, Lopez announced back in September that he is running for Denver County Clerk and Recorder.
“Now more than ever, our participation is critical to the future of our city and of our very democracy,” said Lopez in a release that announced his intentions to run for Denver County Clerk and Recorder. “We refuse to be bullied, or intimidated by those at the State and Federal levels who seek to take rights away, and we will defend our city block-by-block, ballot-by-ballot.”
Current Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson said she won’t be looking to be reelected.
During Lopez’s time on Denver City Council, Westwood, a predominantly Latino community, has undergone some major changes. With construction and development taking place, the neighborhood is finally receiving some much-needed help.
According to the release, Lopez feels his experience and leadership with Denver can help optimize procedures and empower the office’s staff to provide residents access to information.
“At my very core, I am an organizer, and we will move forward together in a way that will increase civic participation, public accountability, and strengthen our continued presence at the polls. Bureaucracy and lack of transparency dissuade Denver’s future generations from participating – this includes everything from running for office to understanding campaign finance rules and working for change within the city,” said Lopez. “It’s time for that to change.”
Lopez campaigned as the anti-establishment candidate back in 2007. He has advocated for minorities by helping lead a pro-immigration rally and by calling out former police chief Gerry Whitman for the Denver Police Department to stop harassing minorities. Two years ago, he pushed for Mayor Michael Hancock to issue an executive order that limited Denver’s cooperation with federal immigration officials and one that creates a legal defense fund for immigrants.
“It truly has been an honor to represent the amazing people of Denver’s Westside, and I will continue to represent and fight for all of Denver’s residents with the same passion to ensure accessibility, transparency, and fairness in the office of the City Clerk and Recorder,” said Lopez.
Aside from City Clerk and Recorder, this May election will have other impacts as well. Denverites will choose a mayor, council members, an auditor, and they will have the chance to change local laws. Among those laws include the possibility of decriminalizing magic mushrooms and an initiative to overturn a law that bans people from seeking sheltering in public.
Election day for Denver is on May 7.