Miller: Commissioner petitions
March 29, 2016
An obscure political process is taking place right now which affects the future of most important political position in Grand County, namely the Commissioner's office. Volunteers are circulating petitions to place myself and/or Commissioner Jane Tollett on the primary ballot for a June 28 Democratic primary run-off. In similar fashion, volunteers are working to get petition signatures for Republican Commissioner Merrit Linke. You must have been a respective party member for the past 29 days to sign a petition. ou may only sign either my – or Tollet's petition. We must each gain 105 signatures to make the primary ballot.
Complicated? Yes. Important? Extremely. It is no secret there are important issues needing attention rooted in the Commissioner's office. Tollet has done an adequate job starting to address these problems, but adequate does not address the heavy lifting needed to return our County to solid footing.
Witness the recent action granting tax relief to the Henderson Mill owners. At the very least, the Board should have notified the local taxing districts (hospital, library etc.) of the impending action with enough time to get them in the room for the discussion. Tollett and Linke voted for this massive corporate tax relief, Commissioner Kris Mangusso was the lone dissenter.
The numbers of signers required on nominating petitions requires the participation of almost one in five of available Democrats. My hope is voters agree it is important for voters to have options when they go to the primary polls. These petitions must be turned in by 5 p.m. this coming Monday. To substantiate my belief this process should result in the vigorous dialog during a primary contest, I will pledge to cap my petitions at 140 signatures (allowing for a few possible mistakes in entries) so Commissioner Tollett maintains access to enough voters to also qualify for the primary.
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