AURORA — A group of bipartisan leaders in Aurora came together Monday to speak out against a new ballot proposal that is seeking to change the way the city is governed and give much more power to the city’s mayor.

Denver7 spoke with Aurora council members who are concerned about this new push which would turn the city’s government into a “strong mayor” system.

The proposal would give the mayor in Aurora veto powers, the power to appoint city leadership, hiring and firing power of city staff and department heads, as well as control over city contracts, according to a news release from the group against the initiative.

During a news conference Monday, council members Danielle Jurinsky and Curtis Gardner were joined by a group of past and current council members, representatives from the city’s fire and police unions and other elected officials to express their concerns with the new proposal.

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