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Removing term limits to be decided for individual offices

Josh Nichols

The Moffat County commissioners voted Monday night to separate the question of whether to remove term limits for elected officials into five different questions on this fall’s general election ballot.

County residents will be able to vote to remove term limits for Moffat County Clerk and Recorder, Moffat County Treasurer, Moffat County Assessor, Moffat County Sheriff and Moffat County Coroner.

The wording used on the ballot will be based upon that used by Mineral County in 1998.

An example of how one of the five questions will read is:

“Shall the limit on the term of office of the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder, as set by Article XVIII, Section 11 of the Colorado Constitution, be eliminated?”

There was little discussion on the issue Monday night before a motion was made by Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton

to adopt the Mineral County wording.

Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos seconded the motion.

Before the vote, Raftopoulos said she had received little feedback on the issue.

She said she received one e-mail encouraging the commission to list the questions individually and received another e-mail asking why the question was going to be put on the ballot again this year, since it had been voted down twice in the past.

“My suggestion is to put each individual one,” Raftopoulos said before Hampton’s motion. “If we put them all I have a fear that if it loses some might say it’s because the sheriff, or coroner or clerk and recorder was on it.”

Craig residents Saud Tayyara and John Ponikvar, who circulated a petition last month to get the question of whether to remove term limits on the ballot, were in attendance at Monday night’s meeting.

The petition they had sought signatures for asked for the removal of term limits for all offices except county commissioner in one question, but Tayyara said that was so people would not have to sign five different petitions.

“The people I have been in contact with said they would like to see it as separate questions,” he said. “After this there won’t be any excuses.”

Tayyara said he is pleased the questions are going to be on this year’s ballot and was glad he and Ponikvar initiated the petition drive.

“We just delivered what the people want,” he said.


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