Candidates needed for Castle Pines spots
There are six seats available in the November Castle Pines election — three councilmember spots, as well as mayor, treasurer and city clerk — but as of the morning of Aug. 9, just one person had started the process to run.
Only Jaime Edwards, the current interim city clerk who wants to run for city council, has picked up a nomination petition.
“But it's early (still),” said Castle Pines Deputy City Clerk Diane Spomer.
Aug. 6 was the first date to be able to pick up petitions from city hall. Petitions can be picked up anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 7501 Village Square Drive. Candidates need to be registered voters and have been a Castle Pines resident for at least one year prior to the election, and they need to get at least 25 signatures of registered voters.
The deadline to return nomination petitions to city hall so they can run is 5 p.m. Aug. 26.
The three council seats available include John Ewing's, who recently resigned since he was moving out of Castle Pines. Councilmembers Kim Hoffman and Kathy DesRosiers are moving on to other interests.
Edwards, who is running for Ewing's seat, has served as interim clerk since former city clerk Dan Schatz resigned in November 2012. She said she loved being city clerk, but she doesn't have a vote on council, and thinks that if she were Ewing's replacement in Ward 3 she could make a “substantial impact” as a voice for young families. And she wants to work on getting a recreation center built and getting more businesses in the city.
In a past interview, Mayor Jeffrey Huff and Treasurer Mark Shiveley said they hadn't decided yet whether to run. But Shiveley said his usual approach to elected positions is to serve for one term and then let someone else have an opportunity.
DesRosiers said in a recent interview that she ran basically on one issue. She wanted to squelch the effort by the previous city council to dissolve the Castle Pines Metropolitan District. DesRosiers said she helped accomplish that goal, so her main reason for serving is done.
Councilmember Kim Hoffman, representing Ward 2, said she is at the end of a second term, and thinks she has put in enough time.
For more information about running for office, go to www.castlepinesgov. or email Spomer at firstname.lastname@example.org.