Boigon launches petition drive against City Hall pay raises

Denver City Auditor Dennis Gallagher joined Carol Boigon, At-Large Council member and mayoral candidate, and Denver residents on the lawn of the Maltese Cross Manor senior living facility to launch a grassroots petition drive calling on candidates to reject pay raises recently passed by the Denver City Council.

Mayoral candidate Carol Boigon greets Denver City Auditor Dennis Gallagher prior to their press conference outside the Maltese Cross Manor Retirement Home in West Denver this week. Boigon is calling on candidates to reject pay raises recently passed by the Denver City Council.
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Former Chairman of Colorado State Board of Human Services Youlon Savage speaks as Carol Boigon listens. Boigon is calling on candidates to reject pay raises recently passed by the Denver City Council.
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Mayoral candidate Carol Boigon held a press conference outside the Maltese Cross Manor Retirement Home in West Denver this week. Boigon is calling on candidates to reject pay raises recently passed by the Denver City Council.
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Denver City Auditor Dennis Gallagher signs the petition held by Carol Boigon campaign regional field director Sarah Garza.
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Josh Davies and Rich Gonzales, city council-at-large candidates, Sarah Garza from the Boigon campaign, and Susan Shepherd and Samantha Padilla-Scheitler, candidates for city council from District 1, hold up Carol Boigon’s petition.
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The Boigon petition asks for an overturn of the recent pay hike given to Denver City Council members.
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“With Denver families struggling, a $100 million budget deficit facing the City and pending cuts to services that support families, seniors and kids this pay raise for the City Council and elected officials is wrong. When Denver families are sacrificing, so must our elected officials,” said Boigon, who was one of five council members to vote against the pay raise for Denver’s top elected officials.  

“As your City Auditor, I understand firsthand how the economic crisis has impacted our City. I returned the last pay raise to the City and, if I’m re-elected, I will continue to stand in solidarity with Denver families and will return the pay raise recently passed by City Council,” said Gallagher.  

“Denver is facing a $100 million budget shortfall which could mean fewer fire fighters and police officers, cut-backs in libraries and recreation centers and deferred maintenance which will make our City less attractive to tourists,” noted Youlon D. Savage, chairman of the State Human Services Board.

“What did the City Council do? They decided to give themselves a pay raise instead of looking for new revenues or focusing on creating jobs Denver families.” 

Susan Shepherd and Samantha Padilla Scheitler, City Council District 1 candidates, and Rich Gonzales and Josh Davies, City Council At-Large candidates, were also in attendance to show their support and sign the petition. 

Boigon’s mayoral campaign released a new commercial the following day about how she stood up for Denver families and voted no on a pay raise for elected officials. The commercial also highlights how she saved taxpayers $50,000 by returning money budgeted to run her Council office back to the City. 

With a crowded ballot, Boigon’s campaign hopes the ad will help tell Carol’s story. “There are big differences between Carol and her competitors,” said Mark Henson, campaign manager. “From her vote on pay raises to her plans to revitalize Denver’s economy and strengthen schools, Carol is the best option for voters who want a Mayor that will put Denver families front and center and will stand up for Denver values.”