In reading the argument for a yes vote on Initiative 1, Mr. McElhaney states the strongest argument for voting for initiative 1 is, “Government exists only with the consent of the governed.” How true that is. Our current form of county government provides for seven council members. So each Grand County citizen has at least three direct representatives (two at-large and one from your home district) to hear our views and represent our consent. Our current form of county government and the individual council members are not burdened by party politics – it is non-partisan. Hence, each member can vote their conscience without the party boss looking over their shoulder.
Hence, you can imagine my disappointment when a mailing landed in my mailbox from the Grand County Republican Party telling me to vote yes. My only conclusion is that the Republican Party wants to take over county government and return partisan politics to Grand County.
Plus, three corporations (Wang Organization, Canyonlands by Nght and Red Rock Partners) have donated $4,000 to supporting a “Yes” vote. This combination of corporate politics and party politics convinces me that a “No” vote is the only vote to allow an individual’s voice to continue to be heard.
In full disclosure, I am registered as an Independent.