Colorado


The new wave of city and school board candidates are arguably much more progressive than the have been previously, offering a distinct and contrasting change from past local elections. These two slates of candidates have pulled incumbent conservatives to the left, as well, something reflected in their newer positions on some past conservative touchstones


The Aurora City Clerk and Recorder office verifies a candidate’s address by cross referencing with the candidate’s voter registration. At the time of the special meeting, Ricks’ given  address matched her voter registration, which is the only vetting the city does to verify that a candidate lives in the ward they are running in


Abel Laeke pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in 2004 for indecent exposure, a misdemeanor, and sexual contact without consent, a felony, according to court documents. The case landed the at-large candidate on the Colorado sex offender registry, which marks him as having a felony conviction. It’s also one of the top Google search results for ‘Abel Laeke.’