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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 • Posted February 25, 2009

One of the city activities of each spring is the election process for choosing our city leaders. Each year two of the seats for City Commissioner are up for election and this year Commissioners will be elected for District 2 and District 4. This regular election is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and at this time we are in the middle of the period for filing as a candidate for those seats, with a filing deadline of March 9. This is the regular process and will follow the regular schedule as set out by the state.

This year however we will have an addition to the regular election that saddens all of us who have been active in municipal government for the past several years. On Monday, February 23, the City Commission met in special session to accept the resignation of Eloise Burges from her position as Commissioner for District 1. Eloise has accepted a promotion with the firm she works for that will require her to be moving to Colorado Springs within the next month, and so she will be unable to complete her term. We are all very pleased for her and wish her well in her new job and her new hometown, although we will sorely miss her contributions to our community where she has lived and served for the past thirty years. The City Commission will be calling a special election to fill her unexpired term at its next regular meeting on March 9, and so this spring the citizens of Mason will be electing three City Commissioners. Filing for this third opening on the Commission will not begin until the election is actually called in a couple of weeks, but the filing deadline for this position will not be until April 8. All of these dates are set out by state election law, and we have checked and double checked with the Secretary of State’s office to confirm our compliance with the law.

The benefit of all of this is that if you have considered working to have your voice heard, or if you believe you can represent a portion of the community we live in, now is a good time to consider carefully how best you can serve the citizens of Mason. Being an elected official is not always easy, and there is often the citizen who will interrupt you regular schedule because they have an issue that needs to be heard, but I can honestly say that there have been few other “jobs” I have taken that have been as satisfying and rewarding as guiding my hometown into the future. There are a wide range of issues and projects facing the City of Mason in the near future and the only way we can move forward representing all of our community is for citizens to become involved in the decisions and actions we are working towards. If you have considered running for a public office, now may be a very good time to ask your friends and neighbors what they think. If you have questions about the function of our town and how the Commission works, what is expected from our city officials, and how you can make a positive contribution, please talk to me or one of our current City Commissioners. If you would like information about the specifics of the election process or would like to file as a candidate for one of the positions up for election, please contact our City Secretary, Pattie Grote.

On May 9 we will be electing three people to represent three distinct districts of our city. That same day will be elections for positions on the School Board. Also on that day will be a very important election to add a final one-half percent to our city sales tax rate which will be earmarked for funding our EMS service, which has been operating at a loss for the past few years. Elections are the way democracy allows each of to have a voice in our community and our nation. This spring our town will have several choices to make and I hope you will consider carefully how you want our community to move into the future.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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