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The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Sept. 28 that it is officially opposing the Nov. 7 ballot measure calling for an at-large mayor in Castle Rock.
“Although we strongly believe residents and business owners in Castle Rock should have the ability to vote for their elected officials,” Chamber President and CEO Pam Ridler said in a news release, “this initiative should have been vetted through a process that looks at the consequences of moving from our current form of government to resolve those issues prior to an election and the implementation.”
The chamber cited the following concerns as reasons behind its position:
• “Creates an unfair balance of representation from our current districts, which would allow a single district to have a greater voice with two representatives.”
• “Increased cost of conducting a town-wide campaign which could allow for money to be solicited from outside organizations or special interest groups to Castle Rock affecting policy and procedures.”
• “The mayor at-large election could be a step to change our current form of professionally managed day-to-day operations to a strong-mayor system, which creates a politically-managed system.”
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