Castle Pines mayoral race loses candidate

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There are more candidates in the November Castle Pines city council race because two people filed as write-in candidates by the Sept. 3 deadline. But the mayor's race has shrunk.

It's now a two-person race instead of a three-person race.

Tera Radloff, a current council member, has withdrawn from the race. And that leaves two candidates: the current mayor, Jeffrey Huff, and Dana Hall, who moved to Castle Pines in 2004 and has a management background in the mortgage industry.

Radloff, whose current term in Ward 1 isn't up until January 2016, said in an email that the reason she dropped out is because the current mayor, Jeffrey Huff, reconsidered his decision not to run, and now is seeking re-election after all.

Huff told the News-Press in a Sept. 12 interview he initially considered not running because of family considerations, but later those issues were resolved and he changed his mind.

Radloff wrote that, “Given that we have someone running now with knowledge of how the city operates, understands the accomplishments made to date and committed to keeping our community vibrant and valuable, I have withdrawn my petition in favor of supporting Mayor Huff.

“I have not come to the decision to withdraw lightly and believe it is in the best interest of our community to keep it on a positive, safe, productive path that keeps our lifestyle and homes attractive.”

There are additional candidates in two other races.

Two people submitted write-in-candidate affidavits by the required Sept. 3 deadline.

One is Rex Lucas, who is the sole candidate for the Ward 1 seat, which will be vacated by Kathy DesRosiers, who isn't running again. Lucas moved to Castle Pines in 2003 and is an Air Force retiree and currently co-chair of the Castle Pines planning commission.

The other write-in candidate is Michael Graczyk, who will run against candidate Resa Labossiere for the Ward 2 seat being vacated by current Councilmember Kim Hoffman, who decided not to run for re-election.

The other races remain the same.

In Ward 3, which only has one council seat — and until very recently had no representative, since John Ewing left in June because he was moving out of Castle Pines — two people would like the job.

Jaime Edwards, who had been serving as the city's interim city clerk, became Ewing's interim replacement on Aug. 27 after applying for the job. The other candidate is Charles (Roger) Eddlesperger.

For the treasurer's race, one candidate filed to run, Gregg Fisher, 56, a Castle Pines resident since 2008, whose professional background is management and IT. The current treasurer, Mark Shiveley, decided not to run again.

For city clerk, no one is running.

And that may turn out to be an unnecessary race, anyway. City voters, in addition to the council races, will be asked to decide whether the city clerk and treasurer positions should be appointed positions instead of elected positions.

If voters decided to change the positions to appointed jobs, the race results won't matter.

Fisher said if voters decide that's what they want, he will support that decision. But his personal view is that “whenever there's appointments, there's potential for abuse.”

He said it's too tempting for people to appoint someone because that person is someone who would watch their backs.

An elected official is an “unbiased set of eyes,” he said.

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