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Elizabeth Town Clerk Michelle Oeser has verified petitions submitted by two Elizabeth residents to compete for two spots in the Dec. 17 recall election for Elizabeth Town Board.
Jason Weiss will be running to replace trustee Rachel White, and Ron Weaver will be running to replace trustee June Jurczewsky. Each candidate submitted 10 signed petitions to Oeser, and after signatures were verified, both were deemed sufficient and Weaver and Weiss will be placed on the ballot.
“We did verify the petitions for two candidates to run in the Dec. 17 election,” said Oeser. She was unable to release the names of those running, but a member of the We Are Not Parker committee verified the names of the candidates.
“Recall election candidates have submitted their official paperwork,” stated Brad Hamill, a volunteer with the We Are Not Parker Committee. “They are Jason Weiss and Ron Weaver.”
According to Oeser, residents should watch for recall election ballots the first week of December. Ballots will include the question of whether or not the voter wants the current trustee to be recalled. Voters can answer yes or no, and if the majority of voters answer no to that specific trustee, then the current trustee remains in place.
If the majority of voters check yes on the ballot for that specific trustee, then they will have the option of voting for Weiss or Weaver to replace the respective trustee.
Weiss and Weaver have until Dec. 17 to campaign and drum up support, as do White and Jurczewsky. Ballots must be received or dropped off at Elizabeth Town Hall before 7 p.m. on Dec. 17.
The remaining board members, as well as Mayor Megan Vasquez, filed protests to original petitions filed by the We Are Not Parker Committee demanding their recall.
Their protests were heard Oct. 18 by an outside hearing officer Karen Goldman, and were deemed insufficient. They will face a recall election question during the April 2020 election.
The We Are Not Parker Committee, along with Elbert County residents and people from neighboring Franktown and Douglas County, began rallying against Vasquez and the board of trustees after the town unveiled a proposed comprehensive plan earlier this year. Citizens were concerned about the direction of the town’s future, including fears that the years ahead could see uncontrolled growth, unauthorized annexations, inadequate water for future developments and the loss of their rural lifestyles.
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