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I've read a good deal of misinformation in this paper concerning a question being put to Castle Rock voters on Nov. 7. Ballot measure 300 simply will ask: Do you want the right to directly elect Castle Rock's mayor? It really is just that simple... And it's a question being asked by more Colorado voters in other towns in our state.
Castle Rock became home ruled in 1987 mainly so the town could more easily annex the communities around us: Metzler Ranch, Meadows, Founders and Crystal Valley. Although those in power at the time desired the annexations, they didn't want any of these "outsiders" to become mayor... so the "appointed mayor system" was born. A system conceived and executed to limit the voice of all residents and keep all power of our local government in the hands of a few.
A small vocal minority has created a false narrative that often sounds more like a Tom Clancy novel than a citizen driven ballot question. They claim if we have the right to elect our mayor that outsiders will destroy our town. Sound familiar? It's feels a lot like 1987 again.
Frankly, this small Facebook group is trying desperately to have it both ways. In one moment, they claim that Castle Rock's economic prosperity and enviable quality of life has derived from only one thing... "an appointed mayor system." And in the next moment, they attempt to mislead voters by saying the mayor is unimportant and there is no value in voters electing an at-large-mayor.
Which is it?
It's time that all Castle Rock residents again have the right to choose our at-large-mayor... A mayor that will represent all of us!
(He currently owns and operates The Hudson Firm in Castle Pines. He has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and currently is assisting with communications for the Yes 4 Elected Mayor effort.)
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