Arvada Ballot Questions
for the 2021 Election
Ballot Question 3C- Failed
Council Member Employment Prohibition
Chapter IV, Section 4.3
A YES vote will eliminate the provision that prohibits a person who is a resident of the City of Arvada, but an employee of another city, from being eligible to run for and be elected to the Arvada City Council.
There is no defensible rationale for this outdated provision, and it is probably unconstitutional. Additionally, it denies otherwise qualified persons the opportunity to serve, and it denies Arvada voters the opportunity to vote for otherwise qualified persons.
The fact that the existing Charter language is only applicable to employees of other “municipalities,” and not counties, fire protection districts, parks and recreation districts, school boards or the State government demonstrates that it is Arvada voters who ought to be able to determine if conflicts of interest exist on a case by case basis – not by broadly prohibiting only employees from one kind of governmental entity from running for City Council.