Incumbent Highlands Ranch Community Association directors Jeff Suntken and Brock Norris were both re-elected to the board this past week. Yet even though both men ran unopposed, neither gained full support from the delegate body present.
Only 73 percent of all lots were represented in the vote, due to a high number of absences at the March 19 annual meeting, but of those present, each candidate received just 85 percent of the vote, with delegates Monica Wasden, Tim Riggle, Karen Huschka, Clay Shubin and Bill Buettner all abstaining from the process.
“I have concerns with some of the direction that they are taking us in and I just hope that by abstaining my vote they will think to pay attention to all of the residents in the community and not just a select few,” said Wasden, who represents 1,533 lots in District 80 and also abstained by proxy on behalf of 556 lots in three other districts.
With only 58 of the 91 districts represented during the evening, the abstentions that came from the eight districts sent a bit of surprise through the room. One other delegate who abstained was overheard saying that they hadn't been pleased with all of the decisions made by the current board and that it would have been nice to have had other options in the election, but nobody else stepped up to run.
With the board remaining unchanged from the previous year, the directors made the decision to continue in their current roles as officers, with Scott Lemmon continuing as board president, Christina Caputo and Craig Ziesman as co-vice presidents, Suntken as treasurer and Norris as secretary.
“To have a board that is already used to each other and has a year under our belts is a big advantage,” Lemmon said. “I am personally very excited about it. I think Jeff and Brock both work very well to be representative of the delegates.”