THE ORIGINAL RESPONSE BY THE PARISH COUNCIL PRESIDENT TO THE DENVER METROPOLITAN'S LATEST CORRESPONDENCE MAY BE VIEWED HERE.
His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver
4550 East Alameda Ave.
Denver, CO 80246
We are in receipt of your letter dated October 23. 2013. Attached please find the letter sent to the community by the last interim Parish Council dated April28, 2012. The letter indicates that the term of office for the eight (8) candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be until the end of2014 and the remaining seven (7) candidates' term will run until the end of2013. The letter further states that nominations for these seven (7) positions will take place in November 2013. This is the premise under which the current Parish Council and the Community have been operating.
In regards to the absentee ballots, it should be noted that elections had not been held for 3 years prior to the May 20, 2012 election. Our Community was very anxious to have a voice in the direction of our parish and voter turnout was tremendous. The election was held in May instead ofNovember as per our usual standard with only 3 weeks' notice. Given this scenario, the number of absentee ballots can easily be accounted for. Members of the Community and the Parish Council were given no reason to suspect any improprieties on the part of the Election Committee. Any suggestion of wrongdoing should have been addressed at the time of the election.
Both the UPRs and the local Parish Bylaws specifically allow for absentee balloting. Our community has historically allowed this and we are of the opinion that it should continue.
We continue to be committed to serving our Community and our Church with honesty transparency and high moral ethics.
In His name,
For the Parish Council,
2013 Parish Council President
cc: His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios