Metro districts exemplify grass-roots democracy

Kristi Pollard
March 29, 2021

Over the course of the last 18 months, a lot of ink has been given to the subject of metropolitan district elections and the eligibility of their board members. As a nonprofit promoting more transparency and education around this important funding mechanism, we welcome the discourse and want to do our part to take the mystery out of the process.

Safe, open public elections are a centerpiece of a democratic republic. As Americans, we are privileged to practice our civic responsibility by voting in national, state, and local elections, all of which are governed by federal and state statutes. In Colorado, we have many local elections, including those for metropolitan district directors, which are governed by Titles 1 and 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. Like elections for city council or the state legislature, there are laws governing the process of metropolitan district elections and board member eligibility. And, just like a city council candidate or other elected offices, a metropolitan district candidate’s information and campaign expenditures are filed with the Colorado secretary of state. Candidates complete their self-nomination paperwork affirming they are eligible to serve in their district under penalty of perjury. Election officers are charged with the duties to follow, implement and enforce election laws and to oversee these processes to ensure the integrity of election proceedings is upheld. If someone perjures themselves by claiming to be eligible when they are not, there are laws that govern what happens as a result.