District voting

Dear Editor:

A great big thank you to our State Senator Ellen Roberts and State Representative Don Coram for meeting with us, listening to our concerns and sponsoring Senate Bill 14-084.

This bill, if passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor, will give the Citizens of Archuleta County the ability to change the way you elect Archuleta County Commissioners. Currently, county commissioners are voted on by all voters in the county (at large).

As a result, some commissioners do not receive a majority of the vote from the district they represent. This has resulted in some cases to unequal or under representation by county commissioners. Senate Bill 14-084 will give the voters of Archuleta County an opportunity to change the way they elect their commissioners (from voting at-large to district voting).

To make this change, the voters could ask the commissioners to place this question on the ballet for the next General Election or the voters could go through the petition process and present it to the County’s Clerk and Recorder to be placed on the ballet. Once on the ballet, the voters in Archuleta County can either approve it or reject it.

We have already received by-partisan support (4 to 1 vote in favor) from the Senate Committee-“State, Veterans, and Military Affairs” and it has passed the second reading. Senator Roberts states bi-partisan support is being shown on the Senate floor and now we need your help!

This bill will soon be in a House Committee which will either approve it or reject it. The CCI (County Commissioner Lobby organization) has already unanimously come out against this bill and we expect them to come out even stronger in the House Committee.

We need your help by writing letters of support to Senator Ellen Roberts and or Representative Don Coram (Colorado State Capital, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203) or by emailing us, Jerry Chesnut, jchesnut@centurytel.net or Davis Watson davisw@centurytel.net.

If you have any questions or need a copy of Senate Bill 14-084, we are more than happy to answer them. Also, if you are in a position to show your support by testifying at the House Committee hearing please get in touch with us.

Davis Watson

This story was posted on February 6, 2014.