WHY ELECT OUR MAYOR?
We propose that Boulder residents vote to elect our Mayor. The Mayor would be elected to a 4 year term. This election would occur in non-presidential even years (eg; 2022, 2026, etc…). To avoid the pitfalls of our current voting method, we would use Ranked Choice Voting (Instant Runoff Voting) to ensure a majority of voters pick the winner. This method also disincentivizes negative campaigning, encourages collaboration and provides more choice to voters. One of the main advantages is that more voters would participate in the mayor election than our Council elections and we would therefore get insight as to the issues the majority of voters care about. In on-year (even year) non-presidential elections, roughly 50,000-54,000 people vote (as compared to 34,000 in 2019). The role of the Mayor will be unchanged, yet with a mayor elected by a true majority of voters will give the mayor a stronger position from which to steer the council's priorities.
Democracy Meets Opportunity
The mayor should reflect the values of the city. Without the citizens of Boulder voting directly on the mayor, the mayor often reflects the views of a 5-person council majority. A direct election ensures that a majority of citizens have been heard.
The mayor plays an important role in setting direction for the entire council. A mayor elected by the people will have a clear direction and mission as a result of campaigning for mayor and being selected by the people.
A mayor voted into office by the people will have more political capital and political will than a mayor appointed by the council.
The mayor is the face of Boulder to the larger regional community. A mayor voted on by the people has greater legitimacy and a stronger mandate than one appointed by council.