Breaking down the Douglas County ballot
Ballots will be mailed to voters Oct. 11
Douglas County voters face a number of decisions in the 2011 election, including questions on local and state ballot issues and school board and city candidates from Aurora, Castle Pines and Littleton. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 3 and ballots will be mailed Oct. 11. Voter assistance centers are open Oct. 24 through Election Day, Nov. 1.
The following is a summary of candidates and ballot issues voters will face in this year’s election. The ballots throughout Douglas County will vary, depending on district issues within voters’ place of residence.
Candidates for Office
Douglas County School Board
Voters are instructed to vote for one school board director candidate to a four-year term.
District A candidates are Kevin Reilly, Susan D. Meek and Craig V. Richardson.
District C candidates are Gail Frances and Kevin Larsen.
District F candidates are Justin G. Williams and Susan McMahon.
City of Castle Pines, councilmembers
In Ward 1, voters are instructed to vote for no more than two and the candidate with the highest number of votes will serve a four-year term. In wards 2 and 3, voters are instructed to vote for one candidate to a four-year term.
Ward 1 candidates are Tera Radloff and Kathy Des Rosiers.
The Ward 2 candidate is James Einolf, who is running unopposed.
Ward 3 candidates are Stephen Allen and Marc D. Towne.
City of Littleton, councilmembers
In District IV, voters are instructed to vote for one candidate for a four-year term. For a councilmember-at-large, voters are instructed to vote for no more than two candidates for a four-year term.
The District IV candidate is Debbie Brinkman, who is running unopposed.
Councilmember-at-large candidates are Peggy Cole, David S. Novinger and Bruce Beckman.
City of Aurora, Mayor and councilmembers
In Ward VI, voters are instructed to vote for one councilmember for a four-year term. For a councilmember-at-large, voters are instructed to vote for no more than two candidates for a four-year term.
Aurora Mayor candidates are Sheilah Thomas Davis, Ryan L. Frazier, Steve Hogan, Jude Sandvall, Debbie Stafford and Barbara Yamrick.
Ward VI candidates are Bob Broom, Tom Coker, PK Kaiser and Kristie McNealy.
Councilmember-at-large candidates are James Frye, Debi Hunter-Holen, Bob LeGare, Brad Pierce and Dave Williams.
There is one state ballot issue, Proposition 103, with a question to ask voters whether or not to temporarily increase state income and sales and use taxes by $536.1 million over the next five years for public education funding.
There is one countywide ballot issue, Ballot Question 1A, to ask voters whether or not to extend the term limit for the county sheriff from two to three terms.
City of Castle Pines
Ballot Question 2A asks voters to decide whether or not the position of city clerk should be a city council-appointed position.
Ballot Question 2B hinges on the outcome of Question 2A. If Question 2A fails, voters are asked to vote for a candidate to serve as city clerk. There is one candidate on the ballot. City clerk candidate Dan Schatz is running unopposed.
Ballot Question 2C asks voters to decide whether or not the position of city treasurer should be a city council-appointed position.
Ballot Question 2D asks voters to decide whether or not to approve a proposal to publish ordinances by title only.
City of Aurora
Ballot Question 2F asks voters to amend the city charter to provide for the election of a two-year term of office when election for a four-year term would cause a conflict with the staggered schedule for mayoral and council elections.
Ballot Issue 301 asks voters to increase debt by $113.5 million, taxes by $9.9 million to build three regional recreation centers, one at Bicentennial Park, another on E. Vassar Place and a third at Aurora Reservoir; and asks voters to raise property taxes by $2,200,000 to provide for operational and maintenance costs of the new recreation centers.
Douglas County School District
Ballot Issue 3A asks voters to approve a mill levy override up to 56 mills to collect $20 million in 2012 and additional taxes in subsequent years to finance tenure reform through pay-for-performance, classroom supplies to subsidize supplies for financially underprivileged students and for core instructional areas to ensure students receive access to a world-class education system.
Ballot Issue 3B asks voters to increase taxes to finance debt up to $200 million for technology to monitor teacher, staff and student performance, to finance construction and maintenance of new and existing schools and to add equipment and infrastructure for items that include but are not limited to technology and Internet or network equipment.
Parker Water and Sanitation District
Ballot Question 5A asks the following communities if they want to be included within the Parker Water and Sanitation district boundaries and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the inclusion agreements approved in August by the respective boards of the: Stonegate Village Metropolitan District, Compark Business Campus Metropolitan District, Compark Business Campus Metropolitan District Debt Service, E-470 Potomac Metropolitan District and Lincoln Park Metropolitan District.
Larkspur Fire Protection District
Bond Ballot Issue 5B asks voters to increase debt by $3.2 million and increase taxes by $315,000 annually to refinance at a lower interest rate the current lease purchase obligations for two fire stations and a brush truck, with the refinancing to fully mature within 15 years.