Megan Vasquez reflects on her time as Elizabeth mayor

Town will name new mayor, several trustees in upcoming election

Election season is right around the corner and the Town of Elizabeth has many open seats to fill. The town will have two items on Nov. 8 ballot: The first item is for those candidates seeking the open mayor’s seat, and the second item will be for the open positions on the Board of Trustees. There are four open seats for the 2022 election.
Megan Vasquez, born and raised in Kiowa, has been the Town of Elizabeth’s mayor for the past four and a half years. Though not term limited, she will be stepping down at the end of her term in November.
In a phone interview from July 26, Mayor Vasquez reflected on her time with the Town of Elizabeth.

What was your general experience like as mayor?

It’s been a wonderful experience. It’s been very rewarding and educational. It’s also been very stressful and difficult. It felt like a roller coaster in a sense, but I wouldn’t take it back for the world.
I’m the only mayor that has served four and a half years for the town. I’ve also been mayor through some very tumultuous times like the whole COVID-19 pandemic and several attempts by the group “We Are Not Parker” to recall me as well as the entire Board of Trustees. I have a love for this community. I have a business here. It was hard to see the community in a negative space.

Do you have a most memorable moment from your time as mayor?

One of my favorite memories was working on re-implementing the Student Liaison Program. We have one student from Elizabeth High School that serves on our board, doing everything that a trustee would do. They get to learn about the inner workings of local government, and we get to learn about the student perspective.
I also think communication is key in running a successful town. One of my favorite projects was when I was able to work with our different agencies, restarting conversations that were lacking. I got our police chief, fire chief and sheriff together and we did a dunk tank for charity. We also did a chili dinner the year before where we took a pie in the face to raise money.
A thing I’m working on now that I’m really proud of is helping our seniors’ community. It’s a large demographic of Elizabeth and there isn’t a senior center here. Right now, we are working to find a plot of land to build a senior center.

Why have you chosen not to run again?

When I do things in my life, I am all in. Being mayor can sometimes be a thankless job and with everything going on in the town, it’s become a full-time job. I’ve had to put my personal life on hold and haven’t been able to pursue my dreams.

What are your future plans?

On a personal level, my boyfriend of eight years and I would like to have children. We purchased land close to Elizabeth and want to have a family.
I’m also extremely passionate about community and would like to be more involved in the local nonprofits. I currently work with the Elizabeth Firefighters Foundation, Elizabeth Education Foundation, and several others. I want to fully give back to them. Up to this point I haven’t been able to.

Do you have any advice for the future mayor of the town?

Keep an open mind and know that you’re not going to please everyone. Always listen. The new mayor needs to have a heart and love for the community, not an agenda. Welcome everyone with open arms and get to know the amazing stuff. You can trust them.

Is there anything else you would like the Elbert County community to know about your time as mayor?

I’m going to miss the position very much. I’ve learned so much about myself and our community and the business owners. We are all so unique and privileged to live here.
Elizabeth, Elbert County, Colorado, mayor, Megan Vasquez


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