With four district seats up in the November election and 12 candidates aiming to take office, the Castle Rock Town Council election was a crowded scene this year. Here's how early returns are shaping …
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With 12 candidates aiming to take office, the Castle Rock Town Council election was a crowded scene this year. Here are preliminary, unofficial results, as of 9:07 p.m. Election Night:
Ryan Hollingshead: 55.4%
Robert Wade: 31.6%
Geneva Brier: 13%
Robert Wade, Geneva Brier and Ryan Hollingshead vied to fill the empty District 1 seat, vacated earlier this year by former Councilmember Jess Loban. The district covers the western portion of The Meadows neighborhood.
Wade is a business owner, running a handyman and organization company, and has been self-employed for 11 years. Hollingshead is the assistant principal at Castle View High School and has worked in education as a teacher, coach and administrator. Brier served in the U.S. Navy and has been a foster parent to children from Douglas, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties.
With a near 24 percentage point lead, Hollingshead he felt good about early results. Hollingshead said he was eager to begin work as a councilmember and work with the three other newly elected officials.
"I feel great that I've been a part of this community for a long time and that people support me and trust me to do a good job," he said.
Laura Cavey: 44.6%
Gary Godfrey: 27.1%
Stephen Weaver: 15%
Keegan Doheney: 13.3%
Stephen Weaver, Keegan Doheney, Gary Godfrey and Laura Cavey ran in District 2 to succeed Councilmember James Townsend, who was first elected in 2016. District 2 comprises northeast Castle Rock.
Weaver is a veteran and nurse who said his work in the military and healthcare fields have prepared him for office. Doheney is a Colorado-based attorney who worked in federal and state courts and the U.S. Air Force during law school.
Godfrey is an administrator of the community website CRCO and the Castle Rock Local Business Alliance. Cavey works in the technology field and is a 14-year resident of Castle Rock.
Sitting at 17.5 percentage points ahead of her next closest opponent, Cavey said she planned to examine what building project the town has lined up and its previous development contracts once results were final.
"It looks pretty positive and favorable for me," she said. "I'm excited to tackle this."
Desiree LaFleur: 54.6%
Preston Shepherd: 45.4%
Mayor Pro Tem and District 4 councilmember Jason Bower also did not seek reelection. Running to replace him are Desiree LaFleur and Preston Shepherd.
LaFleur previously owned a local art gallery and is now vice chair of the Historic Preservation Board. Shepherd is a broker-owner of his realty company and has worked as a missionary.
With her near 10 percentage point lead, LaFleur said she was excited and humbled by support she had during the race. She hopes to continue work with the Historic Preservation Board, on which she serves now.
"I'm just excited to hit the ground running," she said. "It's going to be an honor to fill Jason Bower's shoes, he was a great councilman."
Tim Dietz: 47.1%
Gregory Hernandez: 31.8%
Matt Katona: 21.1%
In District 6, Tim Dietz, Gregory Hernandez and Matt Katona aimed to succeed Councilmember George Teal, who is seeking office as a Douglas County Commissioner.
Dietz owns and operates an insurance company and has worked in financial advisement. Hernandez left a corporate career in 2013 to open a leadership and communication training practice in Castle Rock. Katona has served with homeowners associations and metro districts and has worked in the private engineering sector.
Dietz said he was honored to win a "very important seat" and begin work familiarizing himself with council's work. He called hyper-growth and infrastructure needs key issues for the town.
"I feel very good because I worked very hard going door-to-door and talking to folks," he said.
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