2018 November Election
Castle Rock is a home-rule municipality. That means, in accordance with the State Constitution, we are able to make local laws through ordinances and the Town Charter. The Charter outlines everything from the Town's name, to Town Council elections and the process for making local laws. Seven questions will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, asking Castle Rock voters about changes to the Town Charter. These changes will help clean up language for the new Town Council structure - six Town Council districts and one Mayor elected at large.
In addition to the Charter questions, there will be three seats on the ballot - District 3 (which includes eastern portions of The Meadows and Red Hawk), District 5 (which includes southeast Castle Rock) and the Mayor (who will be elected at large).
The November 2018 election will be coordinated with Douglas County. Town of Castle Rock elections are conducted by mail. Ballots will be mailed out the week of Oct. 15 and must be returned by 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Completed ballots can either be returned through mail, or at one of two 24/7 drop-off boxes located in the parking lot of Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St., or in the parking lot at the Douglas County Elections Office, 125 Stephanie Place.
Town Council candidates
Open seats are Mayor and Districts 3 and 5. These seats will all be four-year terms. Check which district you live in by going to the 2018 Election District map and entering your address.
Candidates who have registered to run for Town Council have submitted Candidate Committee Registrations that can be found under Financial Filings. The deadline to register as a write-in candidate is Oct. 5. Please note, write-in candidates will not appear on the ballot, however a blank line will appear for each office. Only votes for a registered write-in candidate will be counted.
The 2018 candidates:
- Jason Gray
- Randy A. Reed
- Charles Fletcher III
- Kathy Redmond
- Kevin Bracken
- Tanya R. Relyea
- Max Brooks
- Caryn Johnson
- Wayne Harlos
Councilmember candidates had to obtain 25 signatures from registered voters within their districts. Mayoral candidates had to obtain 10 signatures from registered voters from each district.
The order the candidates will appear on the ballot will be determined by lot (drawing of names). This process is anticipated to be completed on September 5.
In addition to the open seats, there will be seven questions on the ballot related to the Town Charter. These questions are among the final details necessary to modify language in the Town Charter regarding Castle Rock's Mayor being elected at large. Town Council is finalizing the ballot questions at the Aug. 21 Town Council meeting:
Castle Rock Charter Amendment A:
Shall the last sentence of Section 3-1 of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to place the same restriction on the Mayor serving as Town Manager as currently applies to Councilmembers?
Section 3-1. Town Manager.
Neither the Mayor nor a Councilmember shall be appointed Town Manager during the term for which the member of Council was elected, nor within one year after the expiration of the term of the Mayor or Councilmember.
Castle Rock Charter Amendment B:
Shall Section 3-5 of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to place the same prohibition on the Mayor regarding administrative service as currently applies to Councilmembers?
Section 3-5. Relationship of Council to Administrative Service.
Neither the Mayor nor a Councilmember shall direct or request the appointment of any person to, or removal from, employment by the Town Manager, or in any manner take part in the appointment or removal of employees in the administrative service of the Town, except as otherwise provided in this Charter. Except for the purpose of inquiry, or to guide presentations of matters to the Council during its meetings, the Council and its members shall deal with that portion of the administrative service for which the Town Manager is responsible solely through the Town Manager, and neither the Council nor any member of Council shall give orders to any employee of the Town either publicly or privately.
Castle Rock Charter Amendment C:
Shall Section 4-4(a) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that Election Commission members are appointed by Town Council when other board and commission members are appointed?
Castle Rock Charter Amendment D:
Shall Section 6-3(a) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that the Mayor has the same voting authority as other members of Town Council?
Section 6-3. Voting.
(a) A vote shall be taken on all ordinances, resolutions and motions. Except where otherwise specified in this Charter, every ordinance shall require a majority vote of the members of Council holding office, for final passage, and resolutions and motions shall require a majority vote of the members voting thereon if a quorum is present.
Castle Rock Charter Amendment E:
Shall Section 6-3(b) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to require the Mayor to vote on all Town Council matters as currently required of Councilmembers?
(b) Except as otherwise required by this Section, each member of Council who is present shall vote on all ordinances, resolutions, and motions.
Castle Rock Charter Amendment F:
Shall Sections 6-3(c) and (d) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to place the same prohibition on the Mayor voting regarding the Mayor’s conduct or a conflict of interest as currently applies to Councilmembers?
Section 6-3. Voting.
(c) Neither the Mayor nor a Councilmember shall vote on any question concerning such member’s conduct. On such question, such member of Council shall abstain from voting after stating the reason for the abstention.
(d) Neither the Mayor nor a Councilmember shall vote on or participate in any discussion on any question with regard to which such member of Council has a conflict of interest pursuant to an applicable state statute, or as otherwise defined by ordinance. On such question, such member of Council shall abstain from voting after disclosing publicly the nature of the interest.
Castle Rock Charter Amendment G:
Shall Section 15-3(a) and (b) of the Town of Castle Rock Home Rule Charter be amended to clarify the process for recall of the Mayor?
Section 15-3. Recall.
(a) Any person holding elective office, including the office of Mayor or Councilmember, may be recalled at any time after six months in office, pursuant to the procedures set forth in this Charter and in those state statutes, as from time to time amended, which do not conflict with this Charter and which establish procedures for the recall of municipal elective officers.
(b) A recall petition of the Mayor shall be signed by registered electors of the Town. A recall petition of a Councilmember shall be signed by registered electors of the district from which the incumbent sought to be recalled was elected. The signers of a recall petition for Mayor or Councilmember shall number at least twenty-five percent of the entire vote cast at the last preceding election for all candidates for the office which the incumbent sought to be recalled occupies. For the purpose of this Section, the "last preceding election" shall be the last preceding election at which the person sought to be recalled was elected to office, unless the person sought to be recalled was appointed to fill a vacancy, in which event it shall be the last preceding election at which the person who created the vacancy was elected to office.