Nederland trustee candidate David Sites sues town over “pattern of political opposition”


A candidate for Nederland’s Board of Trustees is suing the Boulder County mountain town over what he believes is a “pattern of political opposition.”

In the complaint, filed Friday in Boulder District Court, David Sites alleges that Nederland’s Board of Trustees is violating municipal code by not appointing him to a vacant trustee position. The lawsuit asks a judge to order Nederland to seat Sites on the board.

In April, sitting Trustee Julian Taylor was elected mayor, creating a vacant position on the board. Sites, who finished fourth in the election for three open trustee seats, says that means he should be appointed into the vacant position, according to the lawsuit.

Instead, the town opted to schedule a special election to fill the vacant seat.

“The board refused to seat Sites and instead ordered a second election as part of a pattern of political opposition to Sites by board members,” his lawyer, former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, wrote in the complaint.

The town board previously rejected Sites after he applied to the Nederland Downtown Development Authority — even though the organization recommended the board appoint him, according to the lawsuit.


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