Great way to introduce yourself to your fellow board members. As The Denver Post reports:
Newly elected board member Andrea Merida caused immediate controversy when she refused to wait until after the reform vote to be sworn in with two others.
Instead, Merida went to a district court judge hours before the board meeting, armed with certified results from the Nov. 3 election, and took her oath.
“I hated to do this,” Merida said. “But the people have spoken very clearly. I wanted to make sure they had a voice.”
Minutes before the board meeting began at 4:30 p.m., Merida showed an affidavit signed by a judge and demanded to take her seat.
“We have had a really disappointing situation transpiring today,” board President Theresa Peña said in the boardroom that was filled to capacity. “One of our new colleagues was sworn in today at noon. She is now a sitting board member. Michelle Moss will not be able to finish out her term. Michelle, I am incredibly sorry.”
Moss tearfully left the dais.
“I find it to be one of the most disrespectful, underhanded political maneuvers that I have ever seen in my life,” Moss said in the hallway as Merida voted. “Denver is in serious trouble. It’s a clear indication that they will stop reform and do whatever it takes. It’s a sad day in Denver.”
John Kechriotis, a DPS attorney, said Merida was acting in accordance with the law.
“Certainly, it was not a professional move to make, but it was within her rights,” he said.
Merida’s “no” votes didn’t halt the reforms, which went through with minor changes.
Getting a court order to be seated early and not even allowing your predecessor to finish out her final day on the board, as tradition has long held? Andrea Merida couldn’t have been more inappropriate and disrespectful if she had showed up in a “Fuck Denver” t-shirt. And all of this was for what? At the end of the night, her vote didn’t even make a difference.