While the November election is still five months away, it’s already clear that the Golden City Council will look significantly different come next year. Councilmen Rob Reed and Jim Dale, both in …
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While the November election is still five months away, it’s already clear that the Golden City Council will look significantly different come next year.
Councilmen Rob Reed and Jim Dale, both in their first term on the council, recently told the Golden Transcript that they are not planning to seek a second term this fall.
Both men said their decision was spurred by a desire to enjoy other pursuits.
“To be honest, it’s a little bit of selfishness on my part,” Reed said. “My wife and I are at an age where we are both young and healthy enough where traveling a bunch sounds really appealing so we are looking to spend the next few years doing that.”
Dale, meanwhile, said that it was the right time to step away from public service after a career that included 30 years in the Air Force and 11 with Jefferson County Health, plus about 20 years spent serving on various city boards and commissions prior to being elected to council.
“I’m happy I ran,” he said. “And I’m happy with my time on council. But it is time to move on.”
However, he did add that “he should never say never” before further clarifying that it is not his plan to run.
Reed and Dale’s decisions means the races for the council seats in Ward 1, which covers nearly all of Golden south of 19th Street, and Ward 3, which encompasses northern and central Golden east of Washington Avenue, will be wide open.
However, other incumbents will be seeking re-election in the council races in Ward 2 (southwest Golden) and Ward 4 (northwest Golden).
On May 25, Ward 2 Councilman Paul Haseman confirmed that he was planning to seek a second term.
“I think I’ve done OK with what I’ve been doing so far and I look forward to continuing to work hard for the city,” he said. “I’m totally behind the residents and Golden and want to continue to work for the betterment of our city.”
Councilman Bill Fisher also said he would likely seek another term. He was elected to the Ward 4 seat last year in a special election — a position he previously held from 2008 to 2014 — to replace Laura Weinberg after she was elected Mayor.
“When I ran last year, it was definitely with the intention of running again if it made sense to do so,” he said. “I didn’t want to come in for a short term because a lot of projects obviously take longer than that.”
Fisher said he continues to “enjoy the opportunity to be serving my fellow residents.”
“It’s been exciting and demanding and rewarding,” he said. “Golden is a great town and I am fortunate to live here much less get the chance to represent folks.”
An open race
According to the city website, any adult Golden resident who is a registered voter and has lived in the city for at least 12 consecutive months can run for the council seat in their ward. To run, residents must submit a candidate affidavit to the city.
They will then need to gather 25 signatures over a three week period in August. Residents interested in running for council can contact city clerk Monica Mendoza at 303-384-8014 or by email at email@example.com.
In a press release, the Golden Good Government League, a 34-year-old organization that aims to foster strong municipal elections and representation in Golden, said it can offer assistance to potential candidates.
“Along with encouraging our local resident participation, we are also prepared to assist all individuals that are considering becoming candidates by providing our thoughts and experience on that which is required to conduct an election campaign, which would include information on announcing your candidacy, registering with the City as a candidate, conducting a campaign, fund raising, and stumping for votes,” said Marv DeSelm, chair of the Golden Good Government League, in a release.
The 2020 municipal election will be conducted by mail with ballots due on Nov. 2. All city council terms are four years.
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