The Colorado Supreme Court agreed Friday morning to hear the Center election contest case, but ordered that the board currently serving shall remain in place. Plaintiffs Maurice C. Jones and Citizen Center, a Colorado non-profit corporation, were directed to answer in writing on or before July 8, in order to explain why the relief requested in the petition to the court should not be granted. Christian Samora, Herman Sisneros, Geraldine Martinez and Edward Garcia were given 15 days to reply to the court. Jennie Sanchez and Mary McClure were granted permission to file an amicus curae brief in the case. The court also invited the Secretary of State’s Office to file an amicus brief.
In a special meeting held Monday evening, Mayor Susan Banning announced that the Supreme Court placed a stay on the recall election until it can render a decision. The tasks assigned to the newly appointed election committee were modified in open session to exclude any tasks previously related to the recall, with Banning commenting that to keep the board in place with its original agenda might “be in violation of that stay.”
The Supreme Court’s document reads that: “Pursuant to C.A.R. 21(g)(2), all further proceedings are stayed until further order of this court except the following orders, which shall remain in effect during the pendency of this matter: (2) The portion of the trial court’s order of June 7, 2013, that declares the town board as constituted March 18, 2013, to be the governing body for the Town of Center until completion of the election recall process.”
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