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Six months from now, the town of Elizabeth could have seven entirely new faces on the board of trustees.

A hearing officer determined on Thursday that recall petitions against the mayor and six trustees were valid, The Denver Post reports. Two will have their recall elections in December, while the other four are slated for April.

We Are Not Parker, one of the organizations behind the recall, proclaims on its website: “We are RURAL Elizabethans.”

Some residents are unhappy with the pace of growth in the Elbert County town, the population of which is approximately 1,500. The group lists a series of annexations and developments to justify its action against their elected officials.

Neither the mayor nor a representative from the group responded to an inquiry about how it might affect the town government to have seven brand-new leaders within four months’ time.

“Recalling one means the mayor and BOT picks the new one. Recalling ALL means WE THE VOTERS pick the new ones,” the website reads.

The town’s comprehensive plan envisions a population of 20,000 over the next 10 years.

“I sincerely get it — nobody likes change,” Town Administrator Matt Cohrs told The Post. “But it’s coming. We know it’s coming. We have to manage it, and if we don’t, it could be worse.”

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