$424,000 war chest for bond cam­paign

Den­ver will ask vot­ers to ap­prove $937M bond is­sue

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jon Mur­ray

Non­profit groups, de­vel­op­ers, city con­trac­tors and other donors al­ready have chipped in nearly $424,000 for the cam­paign that would urge Den­ver vot­ers to ap­prove the city’s pro­posed $937 mil­lion bond pack­age this fall.

A com­mit­tee called “Our Den­ver” got a jump-start on so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions in late May, when the bond mea­sures were far from be­ing fi­nal­ized by the City Coun­cil. That step isn’t ex­pected to oc­cur un­til mid-Au­gust.

Ear­lier this week, Mayor Michael Han­cock re­leased his rec­om­mended bond projects list, with a $937 mil­lion price tag for hun­dreds of projects that in­clude li­brary branch ren­o­va­tions, up­grades to city-owned fa­cil­i­ties, fixes to parks and re­cre­ation cen­ters, projects at cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions and ex­ten­sive road­work, bike lanes and pedes­trian projects.

Han­cock’s 2015 re-elec­tion cam­paign man­ager, Jake Martin, is signed on to run the Our Den­ver com­mit­tee. He reg­is­tered the

group with the Den­ver Elec­tions Divi­sion on May 11, and he said he re­cently hired an out­reach staffer.

In the run-up to the Nov. 7 elec­tion, the bud­ding cam­paign will urge Den­ver vot­ers to ap­prove the bond mea­sures with ex­ten­sive in-per­son ap­peals as well as ad­ver­tis­ing on so­cial me­dia and tele­vi­sion, Martin said.

Do­ing that likely will re­quire more than $1 mil­lion in do­na­tions, he said. A decade ago, when city vot­ers ap­proved the $550 mil­lion Bet­ter Den­ver Bonds pro­gram, the cam­paign com­mit­tee raised and spent more than $1.6 mil­lion, fi­nance records show.

In June, the new com­mit­tee paid $18,000 to a fundrais­ing con­sul­tant and $35,000 to a polling firm for re­search. Martin de­clined to share any sur­vey re­sults. He did con­firm that On-

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