Giellis accused of flip-flopping on camping ban, now says she won’t repeal it

DENVER -- With just eight days to go in the Denver mayor's race, challenger Jamie Giellis has apparently flip-flopped on her urban camping ban position.

Denver's urban camping ban is what allows for "sweeps" of homeless individuals -- that is the removal of personal objects in city parks and sidewalks.

Critics have argued it is the criminalization of homeless and a violation of rights. Supporters say it cracks down on a public health crisis.

Last week, FOX31 profiled the candidates and their position on the urban camping ban. Mayor Michael Hancock was for the sweeps and Giellis was against it.

Giellis' position on homeless policy has been nuanced throughout the campaign.

Giellis opposed Initiative 300 earlier this year that would have repealed the urban camping ban.

However, on April 28, her campaign tweeted her support for ending the urban camping ban despite her objection to Initiative 300.

Giellis' desire to repeal the camping ban continued on May 14 at a runoff rally.

"This is about solutions," she said at the time. "The urban camping ban is bad policy."

Last week, at a debate in Cherry Creek, Giellis said: "I think the urban camping ban hasn't really moved the needle on the problem."

Over the weekend, Giellis' position shifted. She posted a video to her campaign website and to her Twitter page saying: "As mayor, I cannot and will not repeal the urban camping ban."

FOX31 has reached out to Giellis for an interview and statement.

Giellis emailed Fox 31 a statement of her position Monday afternoon:

"I’ve been very clear no changes of policy on homelessness should be made –
especially the camping ban – until we have a smart policy in place to address
homelessness in a compassionate way. We need to get beyond the mayor’s failing
camping ban as the grand solution.

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