Fact: This is false. PWSD has held open elections six (6) times since 2014. In 2014 PWSD ran a full election in which five (5) candidates ran for three (3) open seats. However, in the subsequent years when elections were called, there were never more candidates than there were open seats. Therefore, as allowed by the Colorado local government election code section 1-13.5-513(6) C.R.S, PWSD posted a notice of cancellation and automatic election of the candidates. Holding those complete elections without any reason would have cost approximately $100K for each election – costs that we did not have to then pass on to our ratepayers.
In one instance, in 2014, a board member resigned their seat in the middle of their term. As required by law, an individual was appointed to fill that position until the next election was held. The individual then ran for the seat in the next election cycle and completed the remainder of the term as an elected official rather than appointee.