Denver Clerk Debra Johnson Announces Plan to Retire, Won’t Seek 3rd Term in 2019

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson.

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson said Thursday that she won’t seek a third term, clearing the way for an open field in the May 2019 election.

Johnson, 61, plans to retire after serving out her second term as Denver’s clerk and as the appointed Aurora city clerk before that. The Denver clerk and recorder’s office oversees local elections, issues marriage and civil union licenses, is responsible for storing official records and administers some real estate functions, including foreclosures and auctions, as the public trustee.

She made waves in 2014 as one of three clerks statewide who issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples before Colorado’s gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional.

“It is my privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Denver since being elected in 2011,” Johnson said in news release issued by her office. “With two more years left in office, I still have much to accomplish. However, I plan to retire from public service after 25 years.”

Johnson narrowly won a run-off in 2011 after a four-way race, then was re-elected in 2015 with 84 percent of the vote. She has been the city and county of Denver’s second elected clerk and recorder, succeeding Stephanie O’Malley, now the city’s safety director.

It is my honor to serve the citizens of Denver and to make this office the most customer-focused office in the city.

— Debra Johnson (@CRDenver) July 27, 2017

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