With less than days remaining until supporters need to turn in at least 86,105 signatures to put the $950 million K-12 tax proposal on the November ballot, nobody’s talking much about how the effort is going.
In response to several questions asked Monday by EdNews, spokesman Curtis Hubbard only said, “We’re not commenting on details of the signature-gathering effort, beyond saying it’s going well.” He added, “We continue to see increased support for the measure to invest more in an education system that benefits students and the state and we expect to gather more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in November.”
Hubbard works for OnSight Public Affairs, the political consulting firm that is advising the campaign committee, Colorado Commits to Kids.
OnSight has contracted with another firm, FieldWorks, to gather signatures using paid circulators.
Two groups, the Colorado Education Association and Great Education Colorado, are running volunteer signature-gathering operations.
CEA spokesman Mike Wetzel said he didn’t have any information on how many signatures union members may have gathered. Liane Morrison, executive director of Great Education, said volunteer circulators are at work but that the group isn’t tracking their efforts right now.
Morrison said circulators are supposed to report back July 24. The group has downloadable petitions available on its website, although Morrison said Monday some bugs in that service were still being worked out.
Get background on the proposed ballot measure in this archive of EdNews stories.