Alongside the town's first at-large mayoral election, Castle Rock residents this November will elect two new councilmembers to succeed Mayor Jennifer Green, who represents District 3, and Mayor Pro …
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Alongside the town's first at-large mayoral election, Castle Rock residents this November will elect two new councilmembers to succeed Mayor Jennifer Green, who represents District 3, and Mayor Pro Tem Renee Valentine, who represents District 5.
Green and Valentine are term-limited councilmembers who were appointed to the mayor and mayor pro tem positions by the seven-member council. Councilmembers may serve two consecutive four-year terms. Green took office in 2011 and served as mayor pro tem from 2012-16. Valentine also took office in 2011.
Three candidates will appear on the ballot in each district. They are:
In District 3, Kathy Redmond, Kevin Bracken and Tanya Relyea.
In District 5, Max Brooks, Caryn Johnson and Wayne Harlos.
Here's more information on each council hopeful.
An Olympic athlete in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and a wrestling coach for Castle View High School, Bracken also leads a career in the health care industry handling budget reduction for hospitals.
“I deal with complex issues, to reduce the cost within hospitals every day,” he said. “Town business is a matter of assessing risk, looking at what the needs are, and being able to adjust and create an action plan.”
Redmond works in public affairs and holds a master's degree in public administration. She started the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes and has spoken openly about her own experiences with sexual assault, including to the New York Times and in public engagements.
Relyea operates a Valpak franchise with her husband where she focuses on operations and finance. She's also held corporate and consulting roles in financial analysis and software implementation. As a councilwoman, she says she'd be passionate about helping small business owners.
Brooks grew up in Lakewood and moved to Castle Rock in 2006, according to his Facebook page. He worked 20 years with Clear Channel Radio, including as a sports reporter for KOA-AM. He is chairman of the town's planning commission and has served as a vice chairman for the design review board, among other positions. He hopes to find "real world ways" to manage infill development in town, he said.
"I'm running as an extension of my roughly 10 years of service I've put into the Town of Castle Rock," Brooks said. "I have a deep love of Castle Rock."
Harlos is a real estate broker and owner of Metro Brokers Douglas/Elbert. He was one of the original five petitioners who got the town's recent at-large mayor referendum on the ballot, alongside mayoral candidate Randy Reed, and has been a longtime advocate for an at-large mayor in Castle Rock.
“I am running for town council because of the attendance failure that I've seen with my current representative,” Harlos said by email. “I believe the TC members should be available, and accountable to the residents of their district.”
Johnson spends her time as a volunteer in Castle Rock. She serves the town's water commission and on the board of directors for the Castlewood Ranch Metro District and works with her church. She says as a councilwoman she'll advocate for responsible growth and hopes to address the town's reliance on sales tax.
“I love the community I live in and I want to see it be the best, and to sustain the environment that we've had,” she said. “I'd like to keep the small town character and the heritage of the town.”
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