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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2017
CASTLE ROCK LIBERTARIAN SELECTED CHAIR OF CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR ELECTED MAYOR IN CASTLE ROCK
DENVER CO: Libertarian Party of Colorado Vice Chair Wayne Harlos has been named Chair of a group of Castle Rock citizens beginning the process of a charter change initiative petition to allow the citizens of Castle Rock to elect their Mayor. From their Press Release:
The town of Castle Rock became a home-rule municipality in 1987 with the mayor being appointed by fellow town council members without any public input, rather than the traditional process of popular election. A five-member committee has been formed to change that and draft language for the necessary charter change is already in the works.
“It’s time for the citizens of Castle Rock to have a say in who they want to become their mayor,” said Wayne Harlos, Chairman of Citizens for Elected Mayor. “Currently, the mayor only needs the support of three people plus him/herself (a majority of the seven councilmembers) in order to be appointed. The majority of Cities/Towns in Colorado have adopted an at-large mayoral system where the citizens elect their own mayor; we believe the citizens of Castle Rock should have that same opportunity.”
Voters will then be asked to decide if they want to have an elected mayor – thereby changing the town charter – with an actual election of mayor then occurring on the November 2018 ballot. For the charter change question to be on the ballot, petitioners must first collect signatures from 10 percent of Castle Rock registered voters unless council votes at the March 7, 2017 meeting to do so. Circulation of the petition is due to start next month.
Committee members: Wayne Harlos, Stacey Rogers, Mary Wilson, George Teal, and Jess Loban
To volunteer for the effort–including signature collection–residents are asked to contact CRcitizensforelectdmayor@gmail.com. The Libertarian Party of Colorado encourage its members throughout Colorado to become involved in their local governments to help provide more personal liberty and empowerment to citizens.
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