2018 Special Election
To implement this change, a transition plan must be defined in the Town Charter. Because any change to the Town Charter requires voter approval, another special election is necessary.
In an effort to implement this change in time for the Town's 2018 regular election, Town Council called for a special election to occur on May 15, 2018. The 2018 Special Election is intended to define a transition plan - including necessary redistricting - and qualifications for Mayor.
Calling a special election: May 15, 2018
Town Council's goal is to implement the will of voters quickly, efficiently and with public input. To achieve those priorities, Council approved the first reading of the ordinances at it's Feb. 6 meeting (watch the video), and the second reading of the ordinances during its Feb. 20 meeting (watch the video), officially setting the election date and the ballot language.
Learn more about the process.
The ballot language for the 2018 Special Election is as follows:
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?
**Question A will need to pass for the at-large Mayor structure to be implemented.**
Registered voters should watch their mailboxes for ballots and information from the Town. Register to vote online.
What is the Town Charter?
Castle Rock is a home-rule municipality. That means we govern our Town at the local level. The authors of the Colorado Constitution knew that sometimes locals know best. That's why as a home-rule municipality, Castle Rock has a Town Charter to define how the government will be run. The Charter outlines everything from the Town's name, to Town Council elections, to the process for making local laws and more.
Learn more about the Town Charter.