Still time to become a candidate for city council

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In November five seats will be up for grabs at Lakewood’s city council and residents interested in running still have time to throw their hats into the ring.

In Ward 1 Ramey Johnson’s seat will be open; in Ward 2 Scott Koop’s seat will be open; in Ward 3 Sue King’s seat will be open; in Ward 4 David Wiechman’s seat will be open; and in Ward 5 Diana Wilson’s seat will be open.

King and Wilson are term-limited, and will not be running for re-election, but Johnson, Koop and Wiechman will all be running.

According to information posted on the city’s website, those interested in running must be 21 years old, a citizen of the United States, a registered voter in the City of Lakewood and a resident of Lakewood and the ward they wish to represent for at least 12 consecutive months preceding the date of the election. Any person elected to office must continue to live within the ward from which he or she was elected throughout the term of office.

Margy Greer, city clerk, said that to actually get one’s name on the ballot, interested residents must get at least 25 registered voters in their ward to sign a petition. The petition process begins on Aug. 6 and ends at 5 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Several residents have already announced their intention to run.

Shakti will be running for the Ward 3 seat.

Betty Boyd will be running for the Ward 4 seat.

Karen Harrison will be running for the Ward 5 seat.

Municipal elections in Colorado are “nonpartisan,” meaning candidates do not run for election on a designated party ticket.

For more information on how to become a candidate, visit www.lakewood.org/City_Clerk/Elections/Candidate_Information.aspx.

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