Elections

Changes coming to Lakewood City Council

New faces guaranteed after Nov. 7 elections

Posted 9/5/17

Lakewood City Council will look decidedly different after the November election, with a seat in each ward up for grabs and only two incumbents in the race.

In Ward 1, incumbent Ramey Johnson is running for re-election, though there was some doubt …

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Elections

Changes coming to Lakewood City Council

New faces guaranteed after Nov. 7 elections

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Lakewood City Council will look decidedly different after the November election, with a seat in each ward up for grabs and only two incumbents in the race.

In Ward 1, incumbent Ramey Johnson is running for re-election, though there was some doubt about this early on in the year.

It was determined Johnson would be able to run for a full second term in February after Lakewood city attorney Tim Cox advised council that language in the city charter allows her to run for another term, since she served a little shy of two full years from 2011 to 2013, starting when she assumed the unfinished term of Vicki Stack in November 2011.

Johnson served the rest of that term, and was elected for a full four-year term in 2013, and was sworn in on Nov. 25 of that year.

Johnson proposed a moratorium on high density in July that failed to move forward through city council. She is still determined to protect existing neighborhoods and the city’s businesses.

Challenging Johnson is Kyra Elise deGruy, a Colorado native who wants to invest in affordable housing and expanding the city’s open space offerings.

The other council seat featuring an incumbent is Ward 5, where Karen Harrison hopes to hold on to her seat against challenger Nancy Pallozzi.

Harrison wants to keep working on ensuring Lakewood has safe neighborhoods, support for older adults, and protecting the city’s existing facilities, property and employees.

Pallozzi is a 50-year Lakewood resident, and a small-business owner. She also spends a lot of time involved in school issues, particularly the Green Mountain High School area. She says her goals are to control growth in the city and protect its existing residents.

In the race for Ward 2, two new faces have stepped forward. Jacob LaBrue is running against Charles Davis.

LaBure moved to the Two Creeks neighborhood after earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He works in construction, and volunteers with 40 West Arts District, Local 17 Teamsters, and the West Colfax Community Association.

Davis came to Lakewood in 1995 and has run a computer consulting, reseller and web design company with his wife for the last 22 years. He has attended many neighborhood board meetings and city meetings and completed the Lakewood Planning 101 course.

In Ward 3, there are also two new people eager to take the open seat, and both are named Michael — Bieda and Gifford.

Lakewood is Bieda’s hometown, and he’s been a practicing attorney for 35 years. He has served as a Colorado district court judge and as an assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado.

Gifford has a master’s degree in public administration, as well as experience on the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce board of directors and Aurora Economic Development Council board of directors.

The race for Ward 4 features three candidates — David Skilling, LaDawn Sperling and William Furman.

Skilling came to Colorado 22 years ago, and has been working as an attorney since 2008. As a resident of the Green Mountain area, Skilling says she is concerned about the development his ward is seeing and wants to ensure it’s done properly.

Another Green Mountain resident, Sperling spent 15 years working for a variety of businesses in several capacities, and in 2014 she started a real estate business. She’s volunteered with the Action Center and Spay Today.

Lakewood has been Furman’s home for 41 years, and he currently works in public architecture, buildings for college campuses and large scale aviation projects. Among the concerns he has are transportation and growth issues.

Voters will also have decide on the retention of two judges, Anne Stavig, presiding judge, and Daniel E. Ramsey, municipal judge.

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