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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jeffco5 Petition Drive Failed, But Voters Can Achieve Same Goal in November

[Published Sept. 11, 2014, in the Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section and in five Jefferson County weekly newspapers]

Readers will recall my promotion of the Jeffco5 petition drive in the spring, which failed to get enough signatures to put the measure on November’s ballot.

The proposed ballot measure would have allowed voters to increase the number of county commissioners from three to five and to have them elected by district instead of countywide, as at present.  Jefferson County is the only large county in the state which has not chosen to increase the number of county commissioners to five as permitted by the state constitution.  By having each commissioner represent one-third of the county but be elected by the entire county results in each commissioner paying less attention to his or her one-third of the county —and also makes it harder to defeat incumbents.

The petition drive was necessitated when the three commissioners voted 2-to-1 against placing the measure on the ballot.  One of those two votes against putting the measure on the ballot was Dan Rosier, who is running for re-election against a candidate who is pledged to join Commissioner Casey Tighe in voting to put the Jeffco5 measure on the ballot if elected.

Therefore, a vote for John Flerlage is essentially a vote for the Jeffco5 effort, which is why Golden Real Estate is supporting John for County Commissioner.

Whether you are liberal or conservative, you deserve to have a stronger voice in county affairs.  If your commissioner is elected only by your 100,000 neighbors instead of by all half million Jeffco voters, he or she will naturally spend more time listening to your concerns.
Join me in helping John Flerlage get elected so we can achieve this important improvement in county governance.

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