Woodland Park Concerned Citizens
We believe Woodland Park Councilman Jim Pfaff should immediately resign or be recalled.
Feelings – Mr. Pfaff says, ”I feel like I met the residency requirements”.
Reality – His claiming “homelessness” as his legal argument in attempting to fill the gap in his story is weak, as he has a home in Indiana. At the 12-03-2020 City Council Meeting, he participated via Zoom from his “home” in Indiana. We are confident that in his run for Congress in 2016, and ultimately losing a run for State House, he told the voters Indiana is where he wants to be.
The Residency Issue
Furthermore, based on evidence currently available to us, we believe Mr. Pfaff may not have been a Woodland Park resident for 12 months prior to the April 7, 2020 election (as required by the Woodland Park Charter). Firstly, and prior to the election, Mr. Pfaff signed an affidavit under the penalties of perjury that he satisfied the 12-month residency requirement. Secondly, he will not (cannot) provide credible evidence to investigating authorities that he was a Woodland Park resident on and after April 7, 2019.
If Mr. Pfaff was not a Woodland Park resident at that time, our hope is that, after reflection, Mr. Pfaff concludes he reasonably misunderstood how “residency” is determined and ultimately resigns. In any event, if Mr. Pfaff does not immediately resign, we will continue to push the issue. Additionally, we believe that if he did not satisfy the residency requirement, then Mr. Pfaff may have committed election fraud, and perjured himself.
I just reviewed the video from the March 18th City Council Meeting and must comment on the responses Mr. Pfaff provided regarding his eligibility to run for an elected office in Woodland Park. Tony Perry, a long-time City resident and an undisputed advocate for local businesses, asked Mr. Pfaff to simply provide relevant information regarding his residency claims prior to the City Council election in 2020. Mr. Pfaff stated this was not an issue and actually challenged Mr. Perry to prove his value to the community compared to his own contributions of ‘thousands’ of dollars to establish a business in town. How can Pfaff possibly think this was an answer to any question? It was an insulting and unknowing response and, failed to address the questions Mr. Perry presented. In a follow-up question, Carrol Harvey, another long-time resident of the City and former Council member, asked Mr. Pfaff to answer one question–‘Where did you live prior to May 26th, 2019?’ She also courageously revealed that she initiated an investigation with the District Attorney because she was concerned that Pfaff did not live in the City limits for an adequate amount of time prior to the Council elections in 2020. Pfaff, obviously irritated that the issue was not going to die for the evening, responded that it was none of Mrs. Harvey’s business where he lived prior to May 26th, 2019. Really? Of course, it was Mrs. Harvey’s business as a voter and the business of every resident of this City! Pfaff insisted that ‘top attorneys’ somewhere advised him his residency was secured prior to May 26th, 2019 because he provided ‘earnest’ money to a campground in the City. Really? Since when does a deposit equal residency? Pfaff refused to provide any reasonable or logical explanation other than he was ‘staying with friends.’ Really? Where? In Woodland Park? In Teller County? Or, back in Indiana where he supposedly owns a home (thus, not homeless). This guy has no regard for the citizens of this town as demonstrated by his ‘con’ that he lived in Woodland Park in 2019 long enough to qualify to run for office. He is disgusting. He must be recalled from office.”