Citizens of Aurora – At the Top?
If you look at the city’s organizational chart, it shows the Citizens of Aurora at the top, with the Mayor and City Council underneath, followed by the City Manager. When describing how the city operates, the website says, “Council members are the city's policy makers, elected by popular vote to be responsive to citizens' needs and wishes” and “…council members serve at the pleasure of Aurora citizens…”.
When was the last time you felt that council members and the mayor were responsive to your needs and wishes and served at your pleasure? If you can’t answer that or you only have a negative answer, it might be a good idea to educate yourself before the elections in November.
Turnout is fairly sparse for most elections, but it is particularly sparse for local elections – and local elections are VERY IMPORTANT. This fall, Aurora will see 5 City Council positions and the Mayor’s position up for election. The 5 City Council positions are:
Ward IV – Molly Markert, the incumbent, is term-limited, so she can’t run for this position
Ward V – Bob Roth, the incumbent, will run again
Ward VI – Bob Broom, the incumbent, is term-limited, so he can’t run for this position
At-Large – Debbie Hunter-Holen, the incumbent, will run again
At-Large – Bob LeGare, the incumbent, will run again
Mayor- Steve Hogan, the incumbent, will run again
Murphy Creek is in Ward II, our city council member is Renie Peterson, and her position is not up for election this year. However, decisions that impact Murphy Creek are made by the full City Council, so it's important that we vote for good At-Large candidates, and that our friends in other wards vote for good ward candidates. Check here for the most current candidate list we have.
Again, if you don’t feel as though council members and the mayor have been responsive to your needs and wishes, educate yourself and VOTE this November. Over the next few months, MCGC Neighbors will try to help by showing you how City Council members have voted on some important issues over the last few years. Stay tuned…