The Highlands Ranch Metro District is holding its board of directors election on May 6.
Five of the seven districts are up for election, with three candidates running unopposed. Incumbents Allen Dreher and Rick Owens, the board chair, are the only candidates for the southeast and west central districts, respectively.
Renee Anderson, who ran unsuccessfully in 2012, is running unopposed for the southwest district. John Warnick, who holds the seat, is not seeking re-election.
There are two candidates running for the northwest district, incumbent Nicholas Robinson and challenger Philip Cullen. Robinson served for 10 years from 1996-2006 before being re-elected to the seat in 2012. Cullen served as a director from 2010 to 2012, when he resigned due to disagreements with other board members.
In the race with the most candidates, three are vying for the south central seat. Incumbent Carolyn Schierholz will run against challengers Parrish Salyers and Anthony Yarosh. Schierholz has served on the board since 2006.
The metro district has designated three polling locations: the HRMD office at 62 W. Plaza Drive, the Eastridge Recreation Center at 9568 S. University Blvd. and the Westridge Recreation Center at 9650 Foothill Canyon Blvd.
Applications for absentee ballots will be accepted until the close of business on May 2. The deadline to receive a ballot by mail was April 29. Applications are available at the HRMD office or on the district’s website at
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