Our Founding Fathers recognized over 200 years ago that due process of law is the foundation of democracy. The guarantee of that process can be found in the U.S 5th and 14th Amendments to our Bill of Rights which states, "No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law." That same guarantee can also be found in our Colorado State Constitution under Article II, Section 25.
For whatever reason, Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth has chosen to ignore these guarantees and instead is seeking her own tribunal by declaring, "Any council member is an enforcement officer and can start a report if they see a nuisance," Then, "A letter is sent to notify the person and if not resolved within a timely manner a fine is imposed."
Part of the due process of law is having the right to face one's accusers and benefit of legal counsel. I'm afraid a letter sent in the mail over an alleged ordinance violation doesn't offer those benefits.
Mayor Gofforth is no stranger to municipal legal issues. Since her election she has recklessly thrown away thousands of taxpayer dollars in legal fees on false crusades and shown multiple disregards to our state open meeting laws. The Town of Crawford has an attorney. I don't see any mention of him being consulted in the DCI July 4 article, "Crawford discusses nuisance ordinance." Instead, Mayor Gofforth has once again issued a decree based on her interpretation of legal authority.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.