At the first public meeting to discuss a proposal to form a new state called North Colorado, nearly all of the 50 or so people in attendance said they support the idea.
KDVR reports that according to the Greeley Tribune, Weld County commissioners held a meeting Thursday to solicit public comment.
The five Weld County commissioners at the meeting said they support including the 51st state initiative on the county's ballot in November.
“I think people, when they feel disenfranchised, when they feel that their voices are not being heard, I think that’s a problem in a representative form of government,” Weld County commissioner Sean Conway said.
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Commissioners say legislative efforts to crack down on energy drilling and gun laws are prime reasons for the movement.
“We believe there’s an attack on oil and gas,” commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer stated. “We believe there’s an attack on agriculture. I don’t think those down in Denver understand any of it.”
The commissioners have also expressed concern about the lack of funding for infrastructure and education. They claim there is a disconnect between rural voters and legislators on issues such as water and energy production.
The Greeley Tribune reports people from Weld, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson counties are included in the discussion, according to Fox News.
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“I have an issue with urbanites thinking it’s up to them to know what’s best,” Fort Lupton resident Elena Metro said. “I don’t know what’s best for them, and I don’t think they know what’s best for me.”
The meeting was the first of four scheduled to allow the public to comment on the proposed secession plans.