Letter to the editor: No need for elected mayor

Posted 10/12/17

 

The truth is, Castle Rock does not need an elected mayor. Castle Rock has landed in the top 10 places to live in the nation in the last several years precisely because the governing charter …

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Letter to the editor: No need for elected mayor

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The truth is, Castle Rock does not need an elected mayor. Castle Rock has landed in the top 10 places to live in the nation in the last several years precisely because the governing charter we have in place is working beautifully. The reason? Power is checked and balanced among seven councilmembers who appoint the mayor from among council. This appointed mayor has no more power than the other councilmembers. This would not be true of an elected mayor, who would be given more voting power for the district in which he or she lives.

In order to run for mayor, an astronomical amount of campaign funds would need to be raised. We definitely do not need that kind of big money politics in Castle Rock.

Jill Herr

Castle Rock

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Tom Jeanette

What Jill Herr claims is simply not true.

Not a single rating of Castle Rock nationally has touted our town charter as being the reason for our placement on their list.

She also claims that under the Elected Mayor initiative the mayor will not have the same power as the mayor under the previous system. The mayor will still be one of seven council members, with no veto authority or any other power not equal to other members.

As far as the campaign funds expected to be raised by candidates, that's a function of the size of our town. We currently see no shortage of developers, real estate agencies, bankers, lawyers, and lobbying groups lining up to contribute to other members of the town council. If there's a concern about the amount of contributions to candidates, the town council can easily restrict that by ordinance. But to-date, they have not felt the need to do that. There's plenty of time to implement that restriction.

Simply, Castle Rock citizens deserve to have a mayoral candidate campaign face-to-face with the voters, not being appointed through closed door backroom deals.

Thursday, October 12