Castle Pines positions are up for election

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Three Castle Pines council seats are up for election this November, and candidates are needed.

Councilmember John Ewing resigned recently as he is moving out of Castle Pines, and Councilmembers Kim Hoffman and Kathy DesRosiers are moving on to other interests.

Other posts up for re-election are mayor, treasurer and city clerk.

Mayor Jeffrey Huff and Treasurer Mark Shiveley said recently they haven't decided yet whether to run. But Shiveley said his usual approach to elected positions is to serve for one term and then let someone else have an opportunity.

City Clerk Jaime Edwards, who has served since former city clerk Dan Schatz resigned in November 2012, wants to change hats and run for council.

She said she loves being the city clerk, but she doesn't have a vote and thinks that if she were John Ewing's replacement in Ward 3 she could make a “substantial impact.”

She'd like to be a voice for young families there, and work on getting a recreation center built and getting more businesses in the city.

People interested in running need to circulate a nomination petition and acquire signatures, said Castle Pines Deputy City Clerk Diane Spomer.

Petitions can be picked up beginning Aug. 6 at Spomer's office at 7501 Village Square Drive, Suite 100, in Castle Pines. The deadline for returning petitions to her office is 5 p.m. Aug. 26.

DesRosiers said in a recent interview that she ran basically on one issue. She wanted to squelch the effort by the previous city council to dissolve the Castle Pines Metropolitan District. Dissolving the district and having the new city take on water and wastewater and other responsibilities wasn't popular with most citizens, she said. DesRosiers said she helped accomplish that goal, so her main reason for serving is done.

Hoffman, representing Ward 2, said she is at the end of a second term, and thinks she has put in enough time, but that there's still a lot to do.

Hoffman said she doesn't think the 5-year-old city has accomplished its initial vision of incorporation — which was to integrate services and reduce fees and taxes.

“I believe that will happen someday,” she said.

However, a lot has stood in the way so far. She said that in her first term, she put in 40-hour weeks to help create the new city's first ordinances and resolutions, but between all the foundational work and changes to board members and mayors, progress has been stymied to try to integrate the city's 32 homeowners associations, metro district and city services into one city.

For more information about running for office, call Spomer at 303-705-0226 or email her at diane.spomer@castlepinesgov.com

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