Bracken, Johnson in the lead for Districts 3 and 5 in Castle Rock

Early results in for Castle Rock council race

Posted 11/6/18

As early election results trickle in, Castle Rock has a clearer image of who will be sitting in the two contested council seats. In District 3, Kevin Bracken was leading his race with nearly 45 …

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Bracken, Johnson in the lead for Districts 3 and 5 in Castle Rock

Early results in for Castle Rock council race

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As early election results trickled in on Election Night, Castle Rock got a clearer image of who will be sitting in the two contested council seats.
 
In District 3, Kevin Bracken was leading his race with 44.8 percent of the 3,542 ballots counted and released in the early morning hours of Nov. 7, followed by Kathy Redmond with 38.2 percent and Tanya Relyea with 17.1 percent.
 
In District 5, Caryn Johnson had a strong lead with 45.1 percent of the 3,209 ballots counted. Max Brooks garnered 30.4 percent while Wayne Harlos had 24.5 percent.

New councilmembers will be sworn in at the Dec. 4 council meeting, along with the new mayor.

District 3 incorporates portions of The Meadows, Red Hawk and Castle Highlands. District 5 represents Castlewood Ranch and Founders Village.

Those boundaries are different from past election cycles. Last year, voters approved changing the town's charter to allow for an at-large mayor and six councilmembers, as opposed to the former council structure, which comprised seven councilmembers who appointed the mayor from among each another.

The referendum also cut the number of town districts from seven to six. The Election Commission approved new district boundaries in June.

All districts will be reevaluated in 2021 and every six years after that to account for town growth. The town charter requires each district encompass approximately the same number of registered voters.

Council candidates came from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Bracken is a former Olympian and wrestling coach who now works in the healthcare industry. Redmond works in public affairs and has gained national attention for her work as an advocate for victims of sexual assault. Relyea manages operations and finance for the Valpak franchise she runs with her husband.

Brooks is a former radio sports reporter who has served on the town planning commission and design review board. Harlos is a real estate broker and an original petitioner with the movement that got the at-large referendum on the ballot. Johnson is a professional volunteer who served on the water commission and her metro district board of directors.

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