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Castle Rock voters approve charter amendments

Ballot measures part of town's transition to at-large mayor system

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Castle Rock voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot measures in a May 15 special election that the town has said will allow it to continue its work implementing an at-large mayor system.

Voters approved in November moving from a system in which the mayor was appointed by the seven-member town council to an at-large system, where the mayor is elected by a townwide vote. The structural change to Castle Rock's government also amended the town charter.

The May 15 election asked voters to sign off on further charter amendments. One ballot question, Amendment A, set the first at-large mayor election for Nov. 6 and will allow redistricting to occur in 2018. The November election also stipulated the town cut its districts from seven to six.

The second ballot question on May 15, Amendment B, established qualifications to be mayor. Those require the town's mayor be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Castle Rock for at least one year and a registered elector of the town. The mayor may not also be a paid town employee.

Unofficial results showed 7,604 votes were cast in favor of Amendment A, with 876 voting against the measure. For Amendment B, 7,813 voted in favor and 686 voted no.

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