Candace Bailey has rejected a secret offer from Aurora officials to turn a blind eye to the city’s charter that prevents her as a convicted felon from holding office on the city council.
Bailey is suing the city over the charter, which can’t be undone unless voters approve the change through an election.
Peak Politics reported on the secret offer last week by the city to decline to enforce the charter provision.
Now the city is trying yet again to make an end run around voters by changing the rule through an ordinance.
The council is set to vote on the first reading of the measure at their regular meeting next week.
However, Bailey is rejecting that overture as a final settlement as well, the Aurora Sentinel reports now that we’ve caught them up with what’s going on in their own backyard.
Bailey’s lawyer is Mark Silverstein of the ACLU, whom the Sentinel reports is “still insisting a judge make a final decision on the constitutionality claims because of charter language, which can only be changed by a vote of the electorate.”
“We’re happy Aurora agrees with us that to prohibit this candidacy is wrong, but we need a judge to say that,” he said.
Again, that sounds like an end-run around the voters of Aurora.
Bailey’s insists she intends to take the matter to the voters for their approval first.
But Bailey would have to get the ordinance through the council, signed by a judge, signatures collected to petition onto the ballot, and filed to run for city council by the Aug. 24 deadline.
Ordinances are introduced by a member of the Aurora City Council at a regular or special meeting, then published in their entirety in the Aurora Sentinel. They are then considered at a second meeting held no earlier than the seventh day after that publication. After this second reading, the ordinance is published “by reference.” An ordinance becomes effective 30 days after this second publication.
If Bailey can make that sprint, she deserves to win a gold medal in that alternative universe through her time portal.