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Denver Decides Candidate Forums

The Denver Decides in-person debates concluded Thursday, March 2, but if you haven’t been able to attend, they will be broadcast on Channel 8 (See their daily schedule.) and streamed on the Denver Decides website.  To access the the council forums, click on Council Candidates, then on the council district you want. The forum you want should be there. (Thanks to Anne Duncan for specific directions.)

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Denver City Council District 4 Candidate Debate
February 15, 2023

I.Welcome by Donna Wickham, University Hills Neighborhood Association
II.Welcome by Pearlanne Zelarney, League of Women Voters of Denver
III.Introductory Remarks by each Candidate - 2 minutes each
IV.Prepared Questions - 1-minute responses from each candidate
V.One on One Questions --   2 questions
VI.Questions from the audience
VII.Closing Remarks by each Candidate - 

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March Briefing -Tuesday, March 21, 2023 Recording Available

Reproductive Rights Legislation Update - Colorado

The March 21 Briefing provided  update on the activities of Colorado's abortion rights organizations, including Cobalt ( Colorado Organization For Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR Latina) and Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood (  The briefing will include information on legislation being planned for the Colorado Legislature including SB23:

188 - would protect patients and their assistance from out of state
189 - would provide for insurance coverage for gender affirming care and women's care
190 - would outlaw disinformation and deceptive practices by anti-abortion centers

Link to details on SB23 190 
SB23-190 Stopping Disinformation and Deceptive Practices

Program Briefing -Tuesday, March 7, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Parkhill Golf Course Referred Ballot Measure 2 O Conservation Easement


This briefing features proponents and opponents of the Park Hill Golf Course Easement ballot issue to be voted on Tuesday, April 4.  This was a voter education event in which we asked proponents and opponents of the issue to focus their remarks solely on whether to keep or not keep the conservation easement.

Chat Transcript with links to additional resources

The two sides have provided internet links to information supporting their positions. As always, when the League makes information available that has been provided by other sources, we make no promises about the accuracy or completeness of the information.

Proponents of 2O Links:
Yes on 2O Responses

Opponents of 2O Links:
Statement from the Honorable Wellington Webb
Don't lift the easement on the Park Hill golf course with Measure 2O (  
Conservation Easement Analysis (


Please see Voting/Ballot Issues page for Pro/Con information on all three April 4 Referred measures prepared  by the  League of Women Voters of Denver



February Briefing -Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Denver Preschool Program - Update from the CEO

In 2006, LWVDenver endorsed a ballot issue that imposed an increase in city sales tax, to create the Denver Preschool Program. League positions have always supported a quality and equitable public school system, pre-K-12. The proposal only seemed to make sense—an investment in quality care and education for Denver four-year-olds. DPP not only provides tuition credits for families, based on a sliding income scale, but also works with preschools to improve and ensure quality programming. 

On Tuesday, February 21, Elsa Holguín, president and CEO of Denver Preschool Program (DPP), presented an update on the program, including the successes, challenges, and the relationship of this program with the new Colorado preschool program.  

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The League is strictly nonpartisan. We neither support nor oppose candidates for office. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. The League:
  • Acts as a force to create positive, lasting change in our community
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