Letter to the editor

Letter: Petition misses the point

Posted 5/31/17

The recent petition move to elect a mayor for the Town of Castle Rock is a failure in understanding the home rule charter and the role of mayor. Under the rules of the charter, the mayor has no more …

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Letter to the editor

Letter: Petition misses the point

Posted

The recent petition move to elect a mayor for the Town of Castle Rock is a failure in understanding the home rule charter and the role of mayor. Under the rules of the charter, the mayor has no more power than any councilmember. The power of government is in the seven-member council coalition. That council oversees the work of the town manager, who serves at the pleasure of council. The council is split 4-3 with an election every two years, and each member is elected to a four-year term.

My suggestion to those who disagree with the direction that council is moving is not to re-write the charter, but to show more than a 10 percent turnout, which is typical for our local elections.

Cliff Orr

Original signer of home rule charter

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Tom Jeanette

The petitioners have read the home rule charter, as proven by the petition specifying the exact charter content to be changed through the revision process. Also, there is no change to the structure of the town council as you imply, as there will still be seven council members (that's including the mayor,) each elected for a four year term, with no member having more power than the others.

I believe this issue will increase the turnout for our municipal election, and most importantly it forces the candidates for mayor to present themselves to the public, something they are opposed to doing now.

Other than keeping the current odds at 7:1 or better for a councilmember to become mayor, rather than 42000:1 under an open election, what's to be gained by shutting out the public and preserving the status quo? It doesn't have to be broken before we make it better.

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