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Thursday, October 17,2013

Election Guide 2013: Yes on Boulder Ballot Question 2G

By Boulder Weekly Staff

City of Boulder Ballot Question 2G
Qualification for Appointment to City Commissions

Vote Yes

Boulder’s not the most diverse city. But a vote for this measure would help Boulder take advantage of the expertise and insight of more of its residents, who could be appointed to city commissions.

This measure opens up the qualification to be appointed to city commissions, removing the requirement that appointment candidates be “electors” in the city. “Electors” in this case essentially means citizens of the U.S. Appointees would still have to be at least 18 and must have lived in Boulder at least a year.

Given Boulder’s status as a hub for education, science and technology, there’s a good chance Boulder’s missing out on input from some of its best-educated residents.

There’s very little reason not to vote yes on this measure. After all, city council will still be making appointments, so this doesn’t allow for less qualified candidates in any way. Approving this question only opens up the pool the council can draw from.

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