Special election to finalize at-large Mayor structure set for May 15
Castle Rock voters will be asked to vote in a special election May 15 following Council action Tuesday night.
The special election is a necessary follow-up to the November 2017 special election in which voters approved an at-large Mayor structure. While the election changed language in the Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for that election did not identify elements such as qualifications for Mayor (age, residency, voter status, etc.) and a timeline for the transition to the new structure.
Council Tuesday night approved two ordinances necessary for a May 15 special election to finalize those details. One ordinance set the special election, and the other set the ballot questions. Home Rule Charter Amendment A must pass for the Town to implement the at-large Mayor structure and hold an election for at-large Mayor in November 2018.
The ballot questions are:
Home Rule Charter Amendment A:
In order to implement the November 7, 2017 voter-approved amendment to the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter providing for a Town Council consisting of a Mayor elected at-large and six Councilmembers elected from districts, shall the Town Charter be further amended to add a transition plan specifying the November 6, 2018 regular election as the date for election of the Mayor and two Councilmembers and the following regular election as the date for election of four Councilmembers, authorize the Election Commission to timely establish the boundaries of the six Town Council districts in 2018, and make certain other conforming amendments to the Town Charter in accordance with Town Council Ordinance No. 2018-002?
Home Rule Charter Amendment B:
Shall Section 2-4 of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to establish qualifications for the office of Mayor such that the Mayor at the time of nomination, election or appointment is a registered elector of the Town of Castle Rock, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the Town of Castle Rock for twelve consecutive months preceding election or appointment and prohibit the Mayor from being a paid employee of the Town, in accordance with Town Council Ordinance No. 2018-002?
The two questions are a result of recommendations from the Council-appointed Citizen Advisory Committee. The Committee recommended the Mayor be a registered elector of Castle Rock, a Castle Rock resident for one year, and a citizen of the United States.
The Committee also recommended the first election date for the at-large Mayor be Nov. 6, 2018. Finally, the Committee recommended the Town complete the redistricting from seven to six districts in 2018.
Town Council accepted those recommendations and decided to move forward with this special election, set for May 15.
About the election
In Douglas County, all elections are coordinated by mail ballot. For this Town of Castle Rock special election, ballots will be mailed the week of April 23.
Completed ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. Voters should return their ballots by mail, or to one of two 24-hour drop-off locations: Town Hall (100 N. Wilcox St.), or Douglas County Elections (125 Stephanie Place.) Look for the drop-box in the parking lots of both locations.