The Pueblo West Metropolitan District has entered into an agreement with Community Resource Services of Colorado to provide election services for the May 2 Board of Directors election.
On Jan. 27, the office of Pueblo County Clerk Candace Rivera declined the Metro District’s request to conduct the election. The decision resulted in the Metro District Board of Directors seeking a third-party to administer May’s election.
“Pueblo West has partnered with the Pueblo County Clerk's office on coordinated elections for years, so we lack the resources to independently administer an election,” said Anthony Sandstrom, Pueblo West Metro District public information officer. “It is in the voters’ best interests that we seek an experienced third-party to administer the election. By partnering with Community Resource Services of Colorado, who are experts in conducting special district elections in Colorado, Pueblo West voters can be confident their votes will be counted with accuracy, security and integrity.”
The Board of Directors unanimously approved the partnership at its Feb. 13 meeting. The partnership also includes the appointment of Community Resource Services CEO Sue Blair as the deputy designated election official for the Board of Directors election. Blair has 30 years of experience administering special district and municipal elections in Colorado, including the high-profile election incorporating the City of Lone Tree.
“Blair is a Colorado special district elections expert,” said Brandi Blankenship, Pueblo West Metro District clerk and designated election official. “Her experience and guidance will be indispensable and Pueblo West residents can rest assured that their voices will be heard.”
Voters will see little difference in how the election is conducted. Registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail and must send their completed ballot in time to be counted on May 2 at the Community Resource Services offices in Greenwood Village. A ballot drop box will also be available at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Substation, 320 Joe Martinez Blvd. However, no other drop boxes in Pueblo County may be use as drop-off sites. No in-person voting will be available, either.
If you have questions about the May election, or you are interested in running for a position on the Board, contact Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org.