DACONO — Mayor Pro Tem Joe Baker feels its time to give his seat over to a new city resident, and his name won’t be on this year’s ballot for city council.
“I’m just not a big believer in people staying in office forever and ever,” Baker said. “I’ve always argued that term limits are set at the polls but a lot of people will not vote incumbents out.”
The city of Dacono elects one mayor for a three year term and six councilmembers for a three year term. Councilmembers are limited to three terms.
“I probably could have ran and won again, I’m sure of it, but I just think, personally speaking, it was time to just stay down for a while and let the city move forward,” Baker said. “I didn’t think I was carrying that much; I feel I was a good contributor but sometimes it’s better to stand aside and let new people step in.”
Looking back at his tenure on council, Baker said he’s most proud of council’s work to improve the city’s image.
“The overall improvement of the city of Dacono – in the past five years, trying to make Dacono a friendlier, better place to live, work and play,” Baker said.
He chuckles at the idea of explaining his decision to not seek a third term.
“I didn’t think anybody would think it was big deal,” he laughed.
Baker is a semi-native to Colorado having relocated from Philadelphia in 1977. He resided in the north metro area since 1997 and moved to Dacono in 2006. He began serving on the city council in November 2008 and was elected Pro-tem mayor in November 2009.
Baker was served on the non-profit, non-partisan Colorado Municipal League executive board. He was elected to the CML in 2011.
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