Thank you, Brighton! You did it!

We are greatly humbled and so proud of the Brighton community this evening.

Tonight the residents of Brighton united in a historic show of resolve and sent a message loud and clear to the government of Brighton: the old way of doing business is over, forever.

In the first recall election in Brighton’s 133-year history, Ken Kreutzer and the secretive, ineffective clubhouse that has been our City Hall for so long, has been rejected.

The groundswell of support we received was awe-inspiring. This was a true grassroots campaign, and the People’s voice is clear and unequivocal: “business as usual” will no longer be tolerated in our city.

Tonight’s vote proved that the citizens of Brighton have come together to turn the page on the past failures of Brighton’s leadership, and are working together to shape our city and help it thrive in the years ahead.

Our goal now is to stay united as we tackle the tough challenges, hold our leaders accountable, and chart a new course for our community.


To the City Government of Brighton: we know and appreciate that so many of you are good, hard-working members of our community and we thank you for your service. But service we must have. 

The overcharging of our residents and businesses must end immediately. Failure to complete projects will no longer be acceptable. Arrogant and dismissive attitudes toward the residents will no longer be tolerated.

No more long monthly billing cycles and tiered rate schemes that gouge our families and businesses. No more unfinished streets, projects that go nowhere, shoddy planning decisions, or developers allowed to fleece our city. 

You serve the People of Brighton, not our politicians or their donors. Please remember that. 

To our current and future City Council, you are now on notice: the lack of leadership, transparency, and accountability that we’ve seen the past several years is over.

The “good old boy” network is finished. With much of Ken Kreutzer’s support coming from outside of our city, even having seven times the money we did, plus a city government working overtime to save his job, it was not enough to keep the will of the people down.

It is those people you work for: the hard-working residents of Brighton who play by the rules, pay their taxes, and share life together here in our neighborhoods.

Never forget, you were elected to represent the interests of the residents of Brighton and no one else.

No more backroom deal-making. No more developers and contractors on boards that oversee their activities. No more broken promises. No more walking quorums and illegal executive sessions. No more contracts awarded without bids. No more expensive PR firms and orchestrated “messaging”. No more collusion between elected officials and city employees. No more hiding the failures of our city infrastructure or the shortcomings of its leadership.

This effort to “clean house” began with the recall of Ken Kreutzer, but it will not end there. The residents of Brighton deserve and expect disciplined, cooperative, ethical and aggressively transparent leadership, and we will hold you accountable.

To Philip Rodriguez and his family: the work you did and the sacrifices you made for our community will never be forgotten. You stood up for what is right and it cost you everything. We were honored and proud to stand alongside you. We sincerely thank you for your honesty, integrity and professionalism. We wish you the very best and all of God’s blessings as you tackle new challenges in your next city! You’re the best, Phil! Thank you.

To the voters and residents of Brighton: THANK YOU. Your hard work and determination to carry this movement through to victory is awe-inspiring. YOU made this happen. YOU came together and set a new course for the future of our beloved city. YOU gathered signatures, made phone calls, put up yard signs, and attended meetings to make our united voice heard.

We may have carried the torch, but YOU carried the day. We’ll be forever grateful for the friends and supporters (old and new) from all over our community.

As divisive and difficult as growing pains can be, we must now move forward as a community together united. We have every confidence this will happen, because we are Brighton.

Now let’s get to work!

Jeremy Torgerson, Matt Johnston, and Mary Ellen Pollack
The Committee To Recall Brighton CO Mayor Ken Kreutzer

City of Brighton: Our Water May Now Be Unsafe to Drink

Recently, the City of Brighton was forced to admit that it owed residents money for overcharging us on our water bills. Then they “dug deep” and gave a few people a few dollars to “make it all better”; although we know they failed to correct years of overcharging by, according to outside rate experts, as much as 30%.

But what if you found out that they overcharged us and STILL failed to make sure that our drinking water was safe, clean and reliable? 

Even worse, what if the city overcharged us, had $70 million of our money in the bank, and still failed to perform one of the most basic and crucial projects for any public water system to undertake? 

That’s exactly what we’re now facing, and here are the startling facts about this situation.

The City of Brighton is in the process of mailing you a notification demanded by the State of Colorado, to inform you that, once again, they’ve taken from you and provided worse than nothing in return.

Once again, the City of Brighton failed to perform basic, minimal duties of the city water department. For a city with a project completion rate of just 23% for the last decade, this is no surprise.

But this time, their failures potentially put all of our health at risk.

FACT: The State of Colorado told Mayor Ken and the city over a month ago that they are now in serious violation of drinking water requirements in Brighton.

What does this mean? What should we do?

FACT: These words are straight from the State of Colorado about the City of Brighton’s water system:

  • “You may want to use an alternative drinking water supply (e.g. bottled).”
  • If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.”
  • “(This violation) can lead to inadvertent contamination of the drinking water.”
  • “If you have an infant, severely compromised immune system, are pregnant or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your doctor about drinking this water.”

Brighton, they are gouging you for water that is now potentially unsafe to drink.

Mayor Ken Kreutzer is leading a failed city government that is rapidly turning our town into the next Flint, Michigan. 

Read the notice of violation from the City of Brighton in full (click here), and be sure to share this information with all the other people who drink Brighton’s water, especially if they are at risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. 

Please help us make sure we turn the corner on these water fiascos once and for all by recalling Mayor Ken. We need new leadership in the mayor’s seat, and soon. 

Enough is enough, and we’re ready to make our votes count. Join us in insisting on safe, clean drinking water that doesn’t require us to “CONSULT OUR DOCTOR” before we use it.

To be kept informed of these and other issues facing Brighton this fall, please bookmark this site, like our Facebook page, and ask others to join us too. If you can, also consider helping us end this failed city government with a donation or by joining our volunteer efforts.

Together, we can end years of poor leadership and move Brighton forward.

#Gouged #BrightonUnited

Recall Election Date Change Public Statement

On August 12, the Committee to Recall Brighton Mayor Ken Kreutzer (the “Committee”) received verification from Brighton City Clerk Natalie Hoel that our recall petition was successfully filed, and a recall election shall be scheduled.

However, to our disappointment but not our surprise, the city has rejected the recall language of its own Charter, and notified our Committee of this fact, a full four days after our petition was submitted.

In a letter to our Committee dated August 9, 2019, City Clerk Natalie Hoel confirms that Brighton will not pursue a special election within 30-60 days of a successful petition, as the City of Brighton Charter prescribes, but will instead allow the divided city council, led by Mayor Ken Kreutzer, to pick any date it wants for the recall election.

In short, this means the city plans to provide Mayor Ken Kreutzer the opportunity to not only vote on the date of his own recall election, but to take the lead in actually picking that date. One can only guess the reasons for this deeply troubling political ploy.

Our Committee wishes to stress to the public that the city’s decision to suspend its own Charter requirements for the recall election was not done prior to or during the recall effort. Through multiple discussions about the city’s rules, the Committee was told by city officials to follow those rules or risk the petition being rejected altogether. Further, nowhere in the three weeks before submission of the petition were the rules ever called into question or given this last-minute alteration by the City Clerk. It is regrettable that we were specifically given Brighton Charter Article VI and instructed that those would be the rules we must follow, yet we believed falsely that the city too would follow those rules. We acted in good faith that city officials would hold themselves to the same standard. 

Instead, it was only after our petition was submitted and in the Brighton City Clerk’s hands for 4 days that we learned they would move the finish line on our effort. In doing so, and in waiting until a week after our petition was submitted to make this change, it appears that the city government in Brighton now stands fully prepared to act as an extension of Mayor Ken Kreutzer’s own campaign staff. Unfortunately, this yet another example of the lengths that city officials will now go to in protecting their highest official.

Nonetheless, we now fully expect the question of recall will be added to the November general election ballot.

The Committee will explore its legal options in light of this statutory dispute, but we firmly believe this calculated delay tactic will not give Mayor Ken Kreutzer the advantage that city officials are clearly hoping for. 

The Committee also demands that Mayor Ken Kreutzer recuse himself from any vote placed before the City Council on any matter related to his own recall. To do anything less is to once more confirm the worst fears of Brighton residents about his ethical constitution. We expect him to begin doing the right thing through his recusal on setting his own election date. The era of cronyism and political shenanigans in the City of Brighton are rapidly coming to an end. We know it. The mayor and his friends must now know it. 

We stand ready to successfully recall this mayor; and on any such day that Brighton voters are given the opportunity to cast their vote between now and November 5, we will do so. 

The City of Brighton can try to alter their own rules after the fact in order to have this recall go in the mayor’s favor, but they cannot change the resolve of the now united citizens of Brighton, who demand transparent, ethical, and uncompromised city leadership in the mayor’s role. We will not and should not accept anything less.

In spite of these political games coming from city hall, we invite all Brighton residents to become informed, involved, and engaged in the process of “cleaning house” at City Hall, beginning with the recall of the mayor. 

Brighton City Clerk officially validates the recall petition

The Committee to Recall Brighton Mayor Ken Kreutzer received official word this afternoon that our recall petition submitted to City Clerk Natalie Hoel has been found “valid and sufficient.”

The recall is officially underway.

Please check back to our site regularly and follow the Recall Facebook page for updates.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE & OPEN LETTER

This morning, August 5, 2019, the Committee to Recall Brighton Mayor Ken Kreutzer officially submitted our recall petition and an open letter to Brighton City Clerk Natalie Hoel.

The recall was completed in less than 3 weeks and contained an unverified total of 1,782 signatures on 43 petition segments, which is more than 50% higher than the minimum recall requirement of 1,136.

Our open letter to Ms. Hoel reminds the City that we fully expect the City of Brighton to follow its Home Rule Charter, and schedule a special recall election.

Please read the Official Press Release here.

Please read the Open Letter to Brighton City Clerk Natalie Hoel here.

The Committee is excited to report this news to the residents of Brighton and is preparing our campaign ahead of the special election City Charter mandates.