Jeffco clerk & recorder candidate profile: Amanda Gonzalez, Democrat

Posted 6/12/22

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Jeffco clerk & recorder candidate profile: Amanda Gonzalez, Democrat

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Bio: Amanda Gonzalez is an attorney and nationally recognized elections expert who lives in Arvada. She has served as a policy analyst, community organizer, staff attorney, professor, CEO and nonprofit executive director – always with the goal of creating more inclusive, fair, and transparent governments, businesses and communities.

Why are you running for clerk and recorder?

Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder is one of the most important offices in the county. The Clerk conducts elections, directs the county’s DMVs, and issues marriage licenses in addition to a number of other important administrative tasks and records keeping. As Coloradans have seen on the national and local level, protecting our voting systems is more important than ever. All Jefferson County residents deserve elections and government processes that they can trust. I'm an attorney, elections expert, and former small business CEO; I want to use that expertise to serve the county where I've lived since 2012.

What is your biggest strength as a candidate?

For most of my career I have worked to build systems that protect the health of our democracy – a democracy where everyone is engaged, represented and heard.  I’ve helped write and pass laws at the state level that expanded the number of ballot drop boxes in our state, increased the number of counties that offer translated ballots to voters, increase transparency so that voters can better understand who is spending money to influence their vote, and helped keep guns out of polling places. I’ll bring voting and elections policy expertise while prioritizing fairness and transparency.

 

What are your thoughts on recent controversies about election security in the country?

 Protecting our voting systems from attacks shouldn’t be a partisan issue. For our democracy to work, voters must have confidence in the system and I will work to protect the integrity of our elections. Colorado currently has some of the safest and most accessible elections in the county and we should be proud of our elections system while working for continual improvement. In 2020 I ran the state’s largest nonpartisan election protection effort – bringing together Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters to make sure that the right to vote was protected for every eligible voter.

What would you do to encourage more voter participation, and why do you think that’s important?

Our democracy is strongest when we all participate. Every eligible voter should have a say in the people and policies that impact their lives. I would expand opportunities for community input, dedicate resources to community outreach and education, and ensure that Voter Service and Polling Centers and drop boxes are accessible to all voters – including people who live in more rural parts of Jeffco, people who live in parts of our community who are underserved by transit, and those who have been historically disenfranchised.  

Anything else you want voters to know? 

For the last four years I’ve focused exclusively on good government and protecting the right to vote –  in a time when bad actors are trying to compromise our elections we need an expert with voting rights expertise and leadership experience. I’ve been recognized as a leader in my community, I was the 2015 Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyers and one of Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2019, and I want to use those leadership skills to bring our community together. I believe we all want a democracy that works for everyone.

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