Several residents seek Castle Pines posts
It's a three-person race for mayor on Nov. 5.
The deadline was Aug. 26 to turn in nomination petitions, and the names are now public.
The current mayor, Jeffrey Huff, will be up against a current councilmember, Tera Radloff, whose term in Ward 1 isn't up until 2016. The other candidate is Dana Hall, who moved to Castle Pines in 2004, and has a management background in the mortgage industry.
If Radloff were to win, the two council seats in Ward 1 will both be empty because the other current Ward 1 councilmember, Kathy DesRosiers, whose seat is up for election, has decided not to run again.
Ward 2, represented by three council seats, has one seat up for election, and current Councilmember Kim Hoffman is not running. But it has a candidate: Resa Labossiere turned in a nomination petition.
Ward 3 has one council seat and until very recently had no representative, since John Ewing left in June because he was moving out of Castle Pines.
Now, two people want it: Jaime Edwards, who was serving as interim city clerk until she became Ewing's interim replacement on Aug. 27 after applying for the job; and Charles Eddlesperger, making Ward 3 a two-candidate race.
The city's current treasurer, Mark Shiveley, has decided not to run again for treasurer. But there is one candidate for the spot: Gregg Fisher, 56, a Castle Pines resident since 2008, whose professional background is management and IT.
“I have a burning desire to do what's best for our city, and I really think at this point we need a set of eyes on everything that will have an unbiased approach,” he said. “Look at the numbers — do we have the money, are we going to be a city? … One thing the treasurer should be able to do is present whatever it is in a clear (manner). Math is math.”
The city clerk position — vacated by Dan Schatz when he resigned in 2012 and then filled temporarily by Edwards until her recent council appointment — has no candidates.
But with both treasurer and city clerk, there may be no need for candidates if voters — who are being asked this November whether they want to make those two elected positions appointed positions — choose the latter.
Huff told the Castle Pines News-Press that he wants to continue in the position for several reasons, including being there to make sure the library project is completed and the visioning process — meant to help create a strong and charming downtown — continues to gain momentum. But when asked about running against current Councilmember Tera Radloff, he said he thinks “she'd make a fine mayor, too.”
Dana Hall, 42, the third mayoral candidate, said she's “very passionate about the community … It's a wonderful place to raise a family.” But she would like to make changes, focusing on such things as a street-improvement plan; better financial oversight; stronger relationships amongst various entities; and based on city survey results, she thinks more needs to be done to meet the “desires and needs of the community.”
Jaime Edwards, interim Ward 3 councilmember, has lived in Castle Pines for “just over a year,” and has worked as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank.
Edwards said she wants to support the city and the existing businesses, and doesn't want to bring any more businesses in. And she wants to protect the wildlife and the city's beautiful landscapes, which will help protect home values. She also wants to be a councilmember who spends time with residents and plans to set up a series of meetings.
Several candidates couldn't be reached by deadline.