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The present Castle Rock mayor/council structure has proven to work effectively with councilmembers elected by district. Councilmembers have consistently shown that they can work together for the best interest of the community. The current system has shown to work in other communities (both larger and smaller than Castle Rock) in Colorado and nationwide.
Our present town government structure has given us an organization, by design of the relationship between the councilmembers and mayors, that works together. The proposed at-large mayor will likely give us a mayor who may not represent the collective views of the councilmembers, since he/she may have a different agenda from that of the council. A council/mayor conflict is not in the best interests of good local government.
The cost to a candidate for running an at-large townwide election campaign is estimated at $50,000 to $100,000. This will require significant fundraising and introduce a new partisan political factor to our local government.
The proposal as presented is incomplete leaving unanswered questions:
All of these and other questions are likely to require future charter revision elections.
I urge Castle Rock voters to vote no on the proposed charter amendment.
Let's move away from this divisive diversion and work together to deal with issues facing our community with a united town governing structure.
Don Jones Former Castle Rock mayor and councilmember
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