Page 1

October 11, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 6 is the day to choose your candidates! WHAT’S INSIDE ☆ How To Vote.............. page 2 ☆ Candidates........... pages 3-12 ☆ Ballot 11

★ Election 2012 ★

PAGE 2 • THE VILLAGER • October 11, 2012

How to vote in Arapahoe County

Beginning Oct. 15, the county will mail ballots to all active registered voters who have requested a mail ballot. If you are currently registered and have signed up to receive a mail ballot, you will receive a ballot in the mail. If you would like to receive a ballot by mail for the upcoming election, you have until Oct. 30 to request one by mail and until Nov. 2 to pick up one in person. Instructions on how to properly mark a ballot, along with options for returning a ballot to the county, will be included in the ballot packet mailed to voters. Voters can mail back their ballot by placing 65 cents in postage on the envelope, by returning it to any one of 16 convenient mailin ballot drop-off locations or by taking it to any Early Vote or Vote Center location by 7 p.m. Election Day. As another option, registered voters can cast a ballot at any one of eight Early Vote locations, open Oct. 22-Nov. 2. Early Vote hours will be 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday. The only weekend hours will be 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. Arapahoe County voters who prefer to cast a ballot in-person on Election Day can head to one of 32 Vote Centers, open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., on Nov. 6. Vote Centers replace traditional precinct polling places. There is no assigned place to vote. Select the location that is most convenient for you. For more information, contact the Elections Division at 303-795-4511 or visit www.arapahoe

2012 Voter Service Centers

Drop-off your voted mail-in ballot or vote on an accessible voting machine






Clerk & Recorder, Aurora Voter Service Center, Motor Vehicle Branch Office

490 S. Chambers Road Aurora, CO 80017

M-F: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Clerk & Recorder, Byers Voter Service Center, Motor Vehicle Branch Office

538 N. Highway 36 Byers, CO 80103

M-F: 8 a.m. – noon        1 – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.  


Clerk & Recorder, Lima Plaza Campus Voter Service Center, Motor Vehicle Branch Office

6954 S. Lima St. Centennial, CO 80112

M-F: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.  


Clerk & Recorder, Littleton Voter Service Center, Motor Vehicle Branch Office

5334 S. Prince St. Littleton, CO  80120


Arapahoe County Elections Facility (Warehouse)

5251 S. Federal Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123

M-F: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Sheridan City Clerk’s Office

4101 S. Federal Blvd., Sheridan, CO  80110

M-F: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

2012 Early Vote Information

Early voting for the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election will take place from 
Oct. 22 – Nov. 2. Arapahoe County voters may vote at any one of the following Early Vote locations:




Arapahoe Centrepoint Plaza

14980 E. Alameda Drive, Aurora, CO 80012 

M,W,Th,F: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Arapahoe County Elections Facility

5251 S. Federal Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123

M,W,Th,F: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Arapahoe County Lima Plaza

6954 S. Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112 

M,W,Th,F: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Englewood Civic Center

1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO 80110

M,W,Th,F: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Glendale City Hall

950 S. Birch St., Glendale, CO 80246

M,W,Th,F: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mission Viejo Branch Library

15324 E. Hampden Circle Aurora, CO 80013

M,W,Th,F: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Smoky Hill Library

5430 S. Biscay Circle Centennial, CO 80015

M,W,Th,F: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce

2154 E. Commons Ave. #342 Centennial, CO 80122

M,W,Th,F: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tue: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

2012 Vote Center Locations

For the Nov. 6 General Election, Arapahoe County will have 32 Vote Center Locations. All Vote Centers will be will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

M-F: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.  

2012 Mail Ballot Drop-off Locations

(Hours may vary by location) Drop-off Location Schedule: Oct. 16 – Nov. 6 * Indicates location is also a Service Center where voter registrations can be updated and replacement and provisional ballots may be issued.



Arapahoe County CentrePoint Plaza

14980 E. Alameda Drive, Aurora, CO 80012

Arapahoe County Elections Facility

5251 S. Federal Blvd. Littleton, CO 80123

Arapahoe County Lima Plaza

6954 S. Lima St. Centennial, CO 80112

Aurora Frontier K-8 School

3200 S. Jericho Way Aurora, CO 80013

Aurora Hills Middle School

1009 S. Uvalda St. Aurora, CO 80012

Aurora Professional Learning & Conference Center

15771 E. First Ave. Aurora, CO 80011

Aurora West College Preparatory Academy

10100 E. 13th Ave. Aurora, CO 80010





Byers American Legion #160

278 W. Front St. Byers, CO 80103

* Aurora

Clerk & Recorder Aurora VoterService Ctr, Motor Vehicle Branch Office

490 S. Chambers Road Aurora, CO 80017

M-F: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Centennial Covenant Church

401 W. Mineral Avenue Littleton, CO 80120

Cherokee Trail High School

25901 E. Arapahoe Road, Aurora, CO 80016

Cherry Hills Village Elementary School

2400 E. Quincy Ave. Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

Deer Trail School

350 2nd Ave. Deer Trail, CO 80105

Englewood Civic Center

1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO 80110

Faith Presbyterian Church

11373 E. Alameda Ave. Aurora, CO 80012

Falcon Creek Middle School

6100 S. Genoa St. Aurora, CO 80016

Glendale City Hall

950 S. Birch St. Glendale, CO 80246

Goodson Recreation Center

6315 S. University Blvd. Centennial, CO 80121

Grandview High School

20500 E. Arapahoe Road, Aurora, CO 80016

Greenwood Community Church

5600 E. Belleview Ave. Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Heather Gardens

2888 S. Heather Gardens Way Aurora, CO 80014

Hope United Methodist Church

5101 S. Dayton St. Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Horizon Middle School

3981 S. Reservoir Rd. Aurora, CO 80013

Laredo Middle School

5000 S. Laredo St. Aurora, CO 80015

Mission Viejo Branch Library

15324 E. Hampden Circle, Aurora, CO 80013

Mrachek Middle School

1955 S. Telluride St. Aurora, CO 80013 1400 S. Old Tom Morris Road, Aurora, CO 80018

Altura Plaza Motor Vehicle Office

15400 E. 14th Place Aurora, CO 80011

M-F: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Aurora City Clerk’s Office

15151 E. Alameda Parkway #1400 Aurora, CO 80012

M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Town of Bennett

355 4th St. Bennett, CO 80102

M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* Byers

Clerk & Recorder, Byers Voter Service Ctr Motor Vehicle Branch Office

538 N. Highway 36 Byers, CO 80103

M-F: 8 a.m. – noon, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Clerk & Recorder, Lima Plaza Campus Voter Service Ctr, Motor Vehicle Branch Office

6954 S. Lima St. Centennial, CO 80112


Centennial City Clerk’s Office

13133 E. Arapahoe Road Centennial, CO  80112

M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Goodson Recreation Center

6315 S. University Blvd. Centennial, CO  80121

M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village, City Clerk’s Office

2450 E. Quincy Ave. Cherry Hills Village, CO  80113

M-F: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Englewood, City Clerk’s Office

1000 Englewood Parkway Englewood, CO 80110

M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Glendale City Clerk’s Office

* Centennial

M-F: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

950 S. Birch St., Glendale, CO 80246

Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village City Clerk’s Office

6060 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111

M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Murphy Creek K-8 School New Life Community Church

17690 E Iliff Ave. Aurora, CO 80013

* Littleton

Clerk & Recorder Littleton Voter Service Ctr Branch Office

5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO  80120

M-F: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Potter’s House of Denver

9495 E. Florida Ave. Denver, CO 80247

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

7691 S. University Blvd. Centennial, CO 80122


Littleton City Clerk’s Office

2255 W. Berry Ave., Littleton, CO 80120

M-F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elect Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Smoky Hill Library

5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial, CO 80015

St. Mary Catholic Church

6853 S. Prince St. Littleton, CO 80120

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

8035 S. Quebec St. Centennial, CO 80112

Dave Kerber Continued next column

Not in it for himself.

Paid for by Quality Healthcare for Colorado. Registered agent Beverly Razon. Not authorized by the candidate.

★ Election 2012 ★

October 11, 2012 • THE VILLAGER • PAGE 3

Election 2012 You decide Nov. 6: President of the United States of America

D - President Barack Obama

R - Mitt Romney

I WIll Work to Protect Your Rights, Your Environment & Your Future

Your choice For hD 37


Because People Matter.

★ Election 2012 ★

PAGE 4 • THE VILLAGER • October 11, 2012



These candidates will appear on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot 1st CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Diana DeGette, Democrat

Vote for a successful

colorado economy

For eight terms, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has represented Colorado’s safest district for Democrats. The attorney and former state representative is chief deputy whip and serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and co-chairs the Pro-Choice Caucus. She received her greatest national attention in 2005 when Congress passed her bill that would have lifted President George W. Bush’s limits on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research. Although Bush vetoed the bill, President Obama later issued an executive order allowing the research. “I think the issues I’m talking about – issues like job creation, sensible energy policy and access by all Americans to health care, including birth control – I think those are issues that resonate in this district,” the Denver Democrat said.

Danny Stroud, Republican

Former Denver County Republican Chair Danny Stroud insists he is the right Republican at the right time to win back a district that has a long history of easy Democratic wins and long political tenures. “It’s because of my value system, my moral courage and my inability to be cowered by intimidation,” he said. Stroud is highly critical of incumbent DeGette, who he says tows the Democratic line and has played politics with hydraulic fracturing. Like many Republican candidates, Stroud supports repeal of the Affordable Care Act. “I grew up in an environment that encouraged industriousness, risk taking, genteelness and family values,” the businessman said. “Something has really changed and it hasn’t changed for the good.”

6th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Mike Coffman, Republican

These state legislative candidates have been endorsed by the colorado association of commerce & industry

Dave Kerber (R – Arapahoe) Senate Dist. 26 Brian Watson (R – Arapahoe) House Dist. 3

Spencer Swalm (R – Centennial) House Dist. 37 Kathleen Conti (R – Arapahoe, Jefferson) House District 38 Cindy Acree (R – Arapahoe) House District 40 David Balmer (R – Arapahoe) Senate District 27

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is a veteran of both federal and state government, having served as Colorado’s state treasurer and secretary of state and in both houses of the General Assembly. The two-term congressman and onetime Aurora business owner is also an Army and Marine Corps. veteran who served in the Reserves during both Iraq wars and has been a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. Coffman says his positions speak well to the newly competitive district, which now boasts a virtual three-way split among Republicans, Democrats and independents. “I fought for reform of Congress as an institution,” he said. “From a balanced-budget amendment to cutting congressional pay and promoting term limits – I think those issues have a broad bipartisan appeal.”

Joe Miklosi, Democrat

State Rep. Joe Miklosi would be the first Democrat to ever represent the redrawn 6th District. The Aurora resident says his message of building economic prosperity will resonate across party lines. “I’m focused on job growth, economic growth and restoring the American dream for students to attend college, for people to buy homes, and freeing up capital for small-business owners to access loans,” he said. Miklosi, a fundraiser for Centennial-based Project C.U.R.E., has also had careers in the software-sales and manufacturing industries. The onetime White House intern under President Clinton was the Colorado state director for Progressive Majority, an organization that recruits, trains and works to elect left-leaning municipal and state candidates. Since 2008, Miklosi has represented State House District 9, which includes parts of southwestern Denver and northern Arapahoe County.

Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry

Continued on page 5

★ Election 2012 ★

October 11, 2012 • THE VILLAGER • PAGE 5

Election 2012

Continued from page 4


STATE SENATE DISTRICT 26 Linda Newell, Democrat

George Brauchler, Republican

Four years after challenging incumbent Carol Chambers in a contentious Republican primary, George Brauchler is again playing up the need for change. “When I’m elected district attorney, things will change overnight to improve that office,” the former Jefferson County prosecutor said. “… I’m going to recruit, train and retain the best team of prosecutors our jurisdiction has seen in many years.” The Army Reservist and Iraq War veteran stresses his outsider status, saying he would be the first district attorney since 1968 to have never worked in the 18th District office. “What we’re seeing is an opportunity to do something we haven’t done in a long, long time, and that is to take an outsider and bring that fresh perspective,” the Highlands Ranch resident said.

Ethan Feldman, Democrat

Retired Arapahoe County Judge Ethan Feldman, a onetime defense attorney and a former 18th District prosecutor, emphasizes the diversity of his legal experience in his candidacy to be top prosecutor. “My professional life has been dedicated to the rule of law. I have a track record of leadership,” he said. Feldman has called for more transparency, better relationships with law enforcement and a closing of a revolving door of skilled prosecutors leaving the staff. The Littleton Democrat emphasizes what he considers the nonpartisan nature of the office. “I will be the DA for everyone regardless of how they vote,” he said. “I’ve never been able to look at a victim and say that’s a Republican or that’s a Democrat.”

Incumbent state Sen. Linda Newell, of Littleton, grew up in Orange County, Calif., as the daughter of a psychologist and a high school teacher. The certified Human Resources expert and registered organization-development professional has worked for small and large companies in the telecommunications industry and as a self-employed consultant. In her first term, Newell emphasized children’s health and social services, having, for example, sponsored a bill that created Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman. In May, Newell received the Distinguished Service award at the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Benefit Luncheon. “Because of my background in conflict resolution, I’ve been able to do legislation others have not in areas such as child protection and education,” she said. “Approximately 97 percent of my bills have been bipartisan. … The good news is that Colorado is one of the leading states in economic recovery.”

Dave Kerber, Republican

Former Greenwood Village City Councilman Dave Kerber says gridlock is standing in the way of good government at the state Capitol. He points to his eight years on the nonpartisan council as evidence of a different path. “Government can be good,” he said. “If you talk to the people in Greenwood Village, they’ll tell you that. When we spent money, we were very focused on the fact that it wasn’t our money… They should make good laws, not just laws,” he said of the state legislature. Kerber says he would bring a fiscally conservative, low-regulatory model to the competitive and diverse District 26. The businessman, Air Force veteran and non-practicing attorney is no stranger to partisan politics, as a onetime state House candidate and a former chair of Arapahoe County Republicans. Continued on page 8

Together, Issues 3A & 3B will allow us to continue to provide excellent schools for students & families in every neighborhood of the Cherry Creek School District. Excellent Schools are the pillars of a strong community. They attract new business & keep our property values high. Issues 3A and 3B will cost the owner of an average priced home in Cherry Creek approximately $8 a month. That’s a good deal for everyone!

Paid for by Citizens for Cherry Creek Schools—Bill Fisher, Treasurer; Aagje Barber, Chair

★ Election 2012 ★

PAGE 6 • THE VILLAGER • October 11, 2012

Hudson Gardens warmly welcomes Ann Romney


By Scottie Taylor Iverson nother “Women for Mitt” rally coordinated by Monica Owens brought in Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife Ann. Emcee Jane Norton, former Colorado Lt. Governor, began the program by reporting she had just received a memo that VP Joe Biden had made a statement: “The middle class has been buried the last four years.” Norton responded: “That’s why we need a change. Did you see Mitt Romney last night? Don’t you think the Romneys are going to be an extraordinary first family?” Candidate Jill Repella for Douglas County Commissioner shared that Douglas County is ranked in the top 10 for job growth. “We need Mitt Romney in the White House,” she said. Amy Attwood, candidate for Colorado HD 28 encouraged each female attendee to contact one other to vote for Mitt Romney, the leader who believes in America. “We can realize our dreams. Ladies, when we vote, we don’t just make history, we change history.”

Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff, candidate for Colorado HD 47, said, “I never dreamed as a small town girl (Las Animas), I’d be on the same stage as the next first lady, Ann Romney. The American Dream we all love has become more distant. We need new leadership and to recognize small businesses as true job creators. We need a leader who has solutions to fix the economy. With Mitt Romney we can get back on the road to prosperity.” Before the next introduction, Jane Norton upped the challenge by suggesting each female attendee contact four or five to vote for Romney. Angela Lawson, who has been in Colorado state government for seven years, voted for Obama in 2008. “I was mesmerized by what he seemed to be, but as he got into his presidency, I changed my mind and my party. I feel there are others out there like me and I feel my middle class status has dwindled as we now pay higher food, gas and energy prices. I’m not able to save for a rainy day as my parents taught me. I don’t want my parents stripped of Medicare for Obamacare. I’m the

daughter of a father who served in the military for 20 years. I have respect for those serving. Obama has compromised many of our Middle Eastern interests and put our military in harm’s way. I want a leader who can lift people out of poverty, reform programs, create jobs, balance the budget and preserve the American Dream. It’s clear to me that my decision to change parties was correct and Mitt Romney is the right one to best lead.” Lawson introduced Ann Romney who took the stage with three of her 18 grandchildren. She shared comments from some of her other grandchildren. A 4-year-old boy asked his Papa, Mitt Romney, if he had beaten Obama yet and why it was taking so long. An 8-year-old girl sai d she thought our country needs “Papa.” Ann Romney said, “Another good reason Papa’s gotta win is to save this country. “Mitt Romney has been mischaracterized. Children learn by watching. We don’t talk – we do. When Mitt visited 14-yearold David who was dying, he took our 2-year-old son. That son, Ben, is now a doctor. Mitt

helped David with his will and the young man asked Mitt to deliver his eulogy. That’s Mitt! He’s there when needed,” she said. “In Colorado, you know you need someone with compassion and the capacity to find solutions. One thing I know about Mitt: He doesn’t fail. Paul Ryan said it best about the economy and the future when he said, ‘If we don’t tackle it, it will tackle us.’ This election is about these kids.” Ann Romney talked about her father and grandfather coming to America from Wales in 1929. Coal miners began working at age 6, six days a week. “Many of our ancestors came here without anything but a hope and a dream. That promise is diminishing. I’m married to a guy that can step forward and change that. I’ve seen him have a billion dollar rainy day fund without raising taxes. We’re excited and optimistic. With Colorado’s help, we can win this election. Let’s celebrate. God bless America!” The crowd chanted “USA, USA”, as Ann Romney shook hands and posed for photographs.

Country singer Jessie James belts out The Star Spangled Banner.

Ann Romney on stage with three of her 18 grandchildren.

Candidates who spoke at the rally: Clarice NavarroRatzlaff, Colorado HD 47; Amy Attwood, Colorado HD 28 and Jill Repella, Douglas County Commissioner

Former Obama supporter Angela Lawson introduces Ann Romney.

Mistress of Ceremonies, former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, with popular Denver Bronco Eric Decker, who introduced his fiancée Jessie James, (ABOVE) who sang “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Aslinn Scott, University of Colorado’s leader of Young Republicans, and Emily Harpoole, Regis Jesuit High School, led The Pledge of Allegiance. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson Maggie and Keith Cabral of Littleton with Kathleen Conti, Colorado HD 38

★ Election 2012 ★

October 11, 2012 • THE VILLAGER • PAGE 7

An energized, engaged Obama addresses rally following DU debate


By Tom Barry mmediately following the debate Oct. 3 at Denver University, many Democratic and Republican pundits believed President Barack Obama lost the debate to challenger Mitt Romney. The next morning on NBC’s Today Show, commentator Chris Mathews asked, “Where was Obama tonight?” referring to the candidate’s mediocre appearance at the debate. The next day, throngs of Obama supporters began arriving bright and early on an exceptionally cold fall Thursday morning at Sloan’s Lake to see the president. Everyone went through security checks with uniformed White House Secret Service staffers performing the individual searches. This inspection has been routine for presidential candidate rallies and their wives in our important swing state. Families, including elderly grandparents and babies in strollers, along with business men and women, walked, took shuttle busses or parked a half mile away to get to the venue. An elementary class from a nearby Denver charter school walked over with staff to witness the historic event. More than 13,000 tickets were issued, but due to the inclement weather many supporters did not attend. The impressive background provided a view of the freshly snowcapped Rocky Mountains, along with the lake and large old trees that were turning fall colors.

President shows up confident

A confident and sharply dressed President Obama walked down the seven-foot tall raised walkway precisely on time at 10:30 a.m. waving to enthusiastic supporters who had been waiting in the cold. He had a wide smile on his face as he waved to his admiring fans.

The president noted that there were too many dignitaries to list A jubilant and energized President but he said, “Most importantly, Obama with a wide smile walks we’ve got all of you,” gesturing down the runway to the podium. to the crowd. The expansive backdrop showed the Referring to the debate the Rocky Mountains, Sloan’s Lake and night before, President Obama trees changing colors. said, “And when I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that. “The real Mitt Romney said we don’t need any more teachers in our classroom,” said Obama, as the audience booed. “Don’t boo – vote. But the fellow on stage last night, he loves teachers - can’t get enough of them.” The jubilant Obama went on to talk about Romney’s outsourcing of jobs to other countries and said that the Republican’s tax plan would expand the deficit, adversely affecting the middle class. The supportive standing crowd cheered and clapped frequently during the campaign An expressive and engaged President Barack Obama addresses 7,000 supporters at Sloan’s speech. He told the crowd about Lake in Denver, Oct. 4, following a debate with Mitt Romney at the University of Denver. recruiting 100,000 new math and science teachers and improving early childhood education to the delight of potential voters. “I still believe that our politics is not as divided as it seems sometimes.  I still believe in you.  I’m asking you to keep on believing in me.  I’m asking for your vote…” said the president in his closing remarks.  After speaking for 22 minutes, the president shook hands of supporters in front of the stage. He was then whisked off in a moObama supporters brave the chilly weather to come out and hear their presidential candidate at a rally. torcade to DIA for his next camPhotos by Tom Barry paign stop in Madison, Wis.

County to close buildings on Election Day Plans call to free up parking and staff to assist with election
 At the request of Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners has approved closing six county locations to free up staff and parking to accommodate the anticipated heavy voter turnout on Election Day. The county will close the Administration Building, CentrePoint Plaza and the Public Works and Development office at Lima Plaza. County Motor Vehicle branch offices in Centennial, Littleton, Aurora and Byers will be open for election services, but will not process driver’s license or vehicle registration renewals or applications on Election Day. The building closures include: • Administration Building, 5334 S. Prince St. in Littleton (The building will be open, but all services will be closed to the

public, except the Recording Division and Elections Division.) • CentrePoint Plaza, 14980 E. Alameda Drive in Aurora (Will serve as vote center) • Public Works and Development at Lima Plaza, 6924 S. Lima St., Centennial (Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, Judicial Services and Open Space will be open.) • Centennial Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 6954 S. Lima St., Centennial (open for election-related services only) • Aurora Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 490 S. Chambers Road (open for electionrelated services only) • Byers Motor Vehicle Branch Office, 538 N. Highway 36, Byers (open for election-related services only) Additionally, the Board of Commissioners has canceled its Nov. 6 public hearing and study sessions. The Administration Building will serve as a drop-off site for mail-in ballots and CentrePoint Plaza and Lima Plaza will serve as vote centers on Election Day.

The Administration Building, CentrePoint Plaza and Lima Plaza will be open to the public for election-related services. Recording services also will be available at the Administration Building. All other county buildings, including the Sheriff’s Administration and Coroner’s Facility in Centennial, Arapahoe/Douglas Works! at Lima Plaza in Centennial and Human Services at Arapahoe Plaza in Littleton, will be open to the public. County employees will work as scheduled and may assist in election services as needed. Because employees will be working late through the night, the county’s Motor Vehicle offices in Centennial, Littleton, Aurora and Byers will reopen to the public at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7. For more information about the upcoming election, visit or call 303-795-4511. 

League hosts health care forum Submitted by League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters will host an educational forum about healthcare costs and the 2010 Affordable Care Act on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. Featured speaker will be Robert Semro, health care policy analyst with the nonprofit Bell Policy Center. The presentation will explore what the current and future health care costs look like, how the Affordable Care Act addresses these costs, how we pay for it and the benefits provided by the act. An audience question and answer session will follow Semro’s presentation. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Barlow at 303-346-4496 or

★ Election 2012 ★

PAGE 8 • THE VILLAGER • October 11, 2012

Continued from page 5



STATE SENATE DISTRICT 27 David Balmer, Republican

State Rep. David Balmer has served four terms in the House and is now the Republican candidate for the open Senate District 27 seat. The Centennial resident has served on the House Local Government Committee, the House Economic and Business Development Committee and the Severance Tax and Federal Mineral Lease Committee, which has traveled throughout Colorado. He says an important issue is how to reduce government’s footprint on small business. “There are too many regulations and industry-specific fees,” he said. “To restore our Colorado economy, we must encourage business growth and remove bureaucratic barriers that stifle entrepreneurial activity.” Balmer, who insists he has tried to set an example by running a clean campaign with no negative ads, says he and his opponent differ on economic issues, noting his own high rating from pro-business groups.

David Paladino, Democrat

I’ll listen to your concerns. Let’s continue making Arapahoe County a great place to live.

Former radio reporter and media strategist David Paladino is running on a mission of closing what he considers a dysfunctional partisan divide in the legislature. “I’m tired of this my-way-or-the-highway politics where somebody comes up with a good idea and because they’re not part of your crowd, you don’t want to listen to them. That’s not the way we’re going to meet our challenges in Colorado,” he said. This year, the Centennial resident was a co-plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. The suit, under appeal by Gessler, accuses the Republican state elections official of imposing political finance and disclosure rules that unconstitutionally shield donations from large corporations. Paladino was a longtime strategist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the oldest unions of government workers.

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 3 Daniel Kagan, Democrat

State Rep. Daniel Kagan was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2009 and was elected to office the next year. The Cherry Hills Village resident grew up in England, the son of Holocaust survivors who met in a concentration camp. He received his law degree from Yale and entered private practice with his wife, specializing in the criminal defense of indigents and civil suits against insurance companies and corporations. Among his bills have been measures to preserve low-income housing and assist Colorado school-based health centers. He says the economy will be the most important issue next year. “I have constantly worked toward improving job opportunities for Coloradans. I proposed the Skills for Jobs Act, now passed into law, which aligns Colorado skills with the needs of the 21st century.”

Brian Watson, Republican


ner. o i s s i m om arrie4C



Greenwood Village businessman Brian Watson is running for election in a redrawn district that is now more favorable to Republicans after years of Democratic control. The former co-chair of the state party’s finance committee favors loosening business regulations. He staunchly favors school vouchers, but would consider more funding for the state’s schools under the right circumstances. “I’m a believer that parents should be able to decide what is the best environment for their child to learn in. That only comes through choice and competition. The overall cost will come down through that competition,” Watson said. The self-described job creator has started and purchased companies that range from manufacturing firms to a party-rental company, employing in total about 70 people.

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 37 Spencer Swalm, Republican

18th Judicial District

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert & Lincoln Counties

EXPERIENCE. LEADERSHIP. INTEGRITY. ★ 20 Years as Arapahoe County Court Judge ★ Chief Deputy DA for Major Crimes in the 18th Judicial District, Prosecuted 11 Murder Trials ★ 12 Years as a Trial Lawyer in Private Practice ★ Endorsed by Over 100 Current and Former Prosecutors ★ Endorsed by Former DA, Republican Bob Gallagher (Please go to endorsements.html for a full list) Paid for by Feldman for DA 303-877-6467

A Colorado native, non-practicing attorney and former small-business owner, Spencer Swalm was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2006. He serves on the House Committee on Economic and Business Development and the House Committee on Finance. The three-term representative from Centennial has been recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business for working to provide affordable insurance to small businesses. “The overwhelming issue in this election is the economy,” he said. “Businesses are looking for stability and predictability. I have a small-business background. I have a good sense of what businesses need. Any family or business needs a budget and people have to operate within that framework. … I think the federal tax system is too complicated, and that it’s a mistake to raise taxes in this environment.”

Jan Spooner, Democrat

Among candidate Jan Spooner’s chief concerns is state funding for public education. “There are some school districts that have a lot more money than others and it doesn’t seem quite fair that where you live should determine what education you get,” she said. “As much as I would love to say I would never raise taxes, we need to find some way to fund our education system.” Spooner supports the development of renewable energy and opposes the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing. The 25-year resident of what is now east Centennial was a paraprofessional for Cherry Creek Schools. She has managed several legislative campaigns in Arapahoe County and is former board member for her homeowners association. Continued on page 9

★ Election 2012 ★

October 11, 2012 • THE VILLAGER • PAGE 9

Election 2012

Continued from page 8

HOUSE DISTRICT 38 Donovan O’Dell, Democrat

Kathleen Conti, Republican

A Littleton small-business owner, first-term state Rep. Kathleen Conti is a member of the House Local Government Committee and the Finance Committee. She was formerly a teacher and a director for the performing arts. “A simplified sales tax for Colorado has been my main priority during this session,” she said. “Colorado has the most difficult system in the country. Every municipality has a tax code and various industries are taxed differently. The system needs simplification and streamlining.” Conti supports a balanced budget and a lean government. Rather than simply providing money, she says society should give people a way to work themselves back up by helping with interviewing skills and providing resume assistance.

A Colorado native who has lived in the district for more than 40 years, O’Dell has been a small-business owner and project manager for General Nutrition Corporation. The longtime Littleton activist has been a member of the education advisory committees for Littleton Public Schools, has participated in the Citizen Police Academy and is a board member of the Veterans Assistance League of Colorado. Currently, O’Dell is a member of the Littleton Licensing Authority, the board that considers liquor license and medicalmarijuana dispensary applications. He serves on the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Policy Taskforce.


Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder Nancy Doty says as a county commissioner she would take particular interest in overseeing the county budget. “I want to make sure we don’t grow government,” the certified public accountant said. “I will watch the money. I love budgets, to tell you the truth.” The Centennial resident has served on Arapahoe County’s Executive Budget and Audit committees. In 2010, she defied a state law requiring counties to accept mail-in ballots at all polling places, calling the requirement an unfunded mandate – an example, she says, of her willingness to fight for taxpayers. Doty was also widely credited for overhauling the clerk’s office after the scandals that removed her predecessor in a 2004 recall election. Before her three elections as clerk, Doty was chief financial officer for Gov. Bill Owens.

Who’s tired of politics as usual ?

Continued on page 10

It seems like career politicians and special interests have captured the government’s ear. But shouldn’t the government be listening to you? It’s your money paying their salaries. I will work for you. I want to hear from you and will fight to take your concerns to the state capitol and create a more responsive, transparent government.

Thank you for your support! R. Brian Watson Candidate for House District 3

Support us by volunteering or donating through our website. Paid for by Watson For Colorado

★ Election 2012 ★

PAGE 10 • THE VILLAGER • October 11, 2012

Election 2012

Continued from page 9



Commissioner Rod Bockenfeld stresses the importance of experience in his run for a third term. “There are a lot of positive things happening in Arapahoe County and I want to make sure they’re carried through to fruition,” he said. General priorities would include overall fiscal responsibility, sensible growth and an emphasis on government efficiency. The incumbent worked as a fraud investigator before joining the banking business. As a commissioner, Bockenfeld chaired the Denver Regional Council of Governments and was appointed by three governors to serve on the Colorado Coroner Standards and Training Board. The Centennial resident has been elected by his peers three times as chair of the Board of Commissioners.

Carrie WarrenGully, Democrat

If elected, Carrie Warren-Gully’s emphasis would be on education, open space and improving the local economy. “I want to get out there and start listening to people about their thoughts about the county and how to keep the community together,” she said. “We need to continue looking down the road and make sure the county stays great.” The first-time candidate has lived in District 1 for virtually all her life, having grown up in Englewood before settling in Littleton and becoming a full-time education activist and community volunteer. “I’m part of this community and I just really want it to continue to be a great place to live. I want to focus primarily on bringing a voice of reason,” she said.

Mollie Martin, Democrat

After several runs for the Colorado House of Representatives, Centennial’s Mollie Martin has set her eyes at the county level. “I started really paying attention to what the county commissioners do and there is so much ability to effect change,” she said. The clinical social worker says her interest in local politics is an extension of her professional efforts. Martin is part of the mental health team in Cherry Creek School District. She is also a legislative liaison for the Cherry Creek Education Association and serves on the Professional Negotiation Team for the CCSD. If elected, Martin, a onetime Broadway actress, would like to serve as liaison to Human Services, which runs Medicaid and child-support enforcement. Her other priorities include open space and responsible development. Continued on page 11


  Thousands of families and businesses call Douglas and Arapahoe Counties home. Admittedly, I am biased when I say this is one of the best places to live and work. I was motivated by my love for this area and this state to restore credibility and relevancy to the RTD Board. I pledge to represent the interests of the property owners, tax payers, and riders of District H. As your next Director, I will work hard to increase commuter capacity, to simplify and update antiquated technologies, to optimize routes for maximum efficiency, and to ensure a more fiscally sustainable future.

Say NO to Special Interests and Cronyism Say NO to Broken Promises Say NO to Imminent Domain Abuse Say NO to Higher Taxes Say YES to Transparent and Responsible Spending Say YES to Fast, Safe, and Reliable Commuter Solutions Say YES to Open, Competitive, and Fair Contracting Photo by: Ken Riley & A.I. Studio 2012

Find out more

Say YES to Property Rights and Value Preservation

Paid for by Committee to Elect Ken Mihalik

★ Election 2012 ★

October 11, 2012 • THE VILLAGER • PAGE 11

Election 2012 nnial

Cente – D 2 e u s s I t Ballo

all y current taxes, sh an ng si ea cr in or revenues any new tax in and spend city ta Without creating re to d te it re in rm nial be pe w or in the futu no e nc te is the City of Centen ex in s X, Section y and all source t forth in Article se ns io derived from an at it lim r ding or othe excess of the spen Constitution? should continue 20 of the Colorado will decide whether the city Taxrs rned under the tu re e b Centennial vote e is w er perpetually that would oth d, the city could se keeping money as p If . R O B ments ights or TA and local govern e at st , R payer’s Bill of R O B TA venue. Under faster than the retain all of its re ed money if the revenues grow val. If llect out voter appro h it w th w cannot spend co ro g n and populatio sible refund reos p a ce fa ld ou w rate of inflation ial e to fail, Centenn 2014 revenues exceeded those the measure wer if ly . on ree years, but opulation growth p d an n io at fl quirement in th in for . The justments made the end of 2013 at es ir p of 2013, with ad ex g” n orary “de-Bruci The city’s temp not raise taxes. measure would

Letters to the editor Support 3A/3B Cherry Creek School Election

In 1970, our Sargent family landed in the Cherry Creek School District from Ohio with four small children (ages 1-8). What an amazing journey these past 42 years have provided. From one high school to the present, six (and expanding), the district focus has been on the mission that each student be inspired to think, to learn, to achieve and to care. Each of ours has thrived with great encouragement and support along the way. Awesome, isn’t it, as we watch the dedicated district leadership by the Board of Education, administrators, all educators and staff, total parent community and valued students? The district goals are addressed for high quality education, health and safety. Now, with several grandchildren in the district, we watch their education from a slightly different angle. We now are officially part of the important 70 percent of residents without students living in our homes. This important group is encouraged to take part in our school’s activities (watching sports, music, theatre productions, perhaps helping judge a science fair or reading one on one with students, etc.). The district’s financial responsibility and accountability have been exemplary in the prudent manner it has handled our funds. We know that passing 3A and 3B is so very important and necessary at this time. We know that strong school communities encourage a strong work environment for many students yet to enter a classroom in Cherry Creek. Aren’t we all to be held accountable for this? Let us keep our Cherry Creek School District a “Center of Excellence.” We whole-heartedly support 3A & 3B for our community’s future. Frank and Sherry Sargent Cherry Hills Village

Vote ‘yes’ for 3A & 3B

Five years ago, my husband and I chose to relocate our family to the southeast area of metro Denver, where he grew up. We provided our real estate agent with one clear directive: the home we were about to purchase had to be located in the Cherry Creek School District. Our goal

was to provide our children with the very best educational opportunities to ensure their success in college and beyond. We have heard similar stories from friends and neighbors, desiring to be a part of this renowned school district. Since moving to Colorado, however, we have learned that the current level of state funding for education does not keep up with the needs of our district. Therefore, the district is placing ballot issues 3A and 3B before its voters. 3A will provide $25 million in operating funds to maintain current class sizes and continue the commitment to high quality curriculum and instruction. 3B provides $125 million for long-term costs, including building and security upgrades to keep our children safe, enhanced technology to support the needs of 21st century learners, and building additions to two of the district’s high schools, in lieu of constructing a brand new school. Through various volunteer roles in our schools and the district over the past five

Ballot Issu es 3A & 3B – Cherry C School Dis reek trict

The Cherry Cre override and a ek School District Board of Ed $125 million b ucation has vo ond and on th ted to place a • Ballot Issue 3 e $25 million bu ballot. A: A $25 millio dget al operating e n b u d g e t override, wou xpenses, inclu ld g en ding the main preparatory cu taining class si erally support the district’s rriculum, and generze , u provid ti li zin • Ballot Issue 3B: Much of th g modern technology more ing college- and workplace pay for expan e revenue from e sion the $125 milli ffectively in the classroom. on bond elect has caused sc s at Cherokee Trail and Gran ion wo hoo dvie would be add ls to exceed official capaciti w high schools where incr uld be used to ed at a total co easing enrollm es and resort st of about $1 ent to mobile cla renovations a ssrooms. New 3 million. Ano nd general up th w g e in rades in electri r of the district’ cal, fire protect $37 million would be mark gs s sch ed ion, HVAC and ence, Technolo ools. Funds would also be security system for used for infra gy, Electronics s at all st and M ructu The bond and budget electio athematics program throu re improvements in the Sci ghout the distr $8 per month n would cost th in additional p ict. roperty taxes, e owner of an average hom e in the distric according to th t about e district.

years, I have been most impressed with the prudent financial management skills of the Superintendent and CCSD staff, as well as our dedicated Board of Education. Despite reducing $40 million from its budget over the past four years, spending decisions have thus far minimally impacted students in the classroom. Less than 1 percent of the district’s general fund is spent on central administration. Sound financial decisions have been made to ensure the district continues its tradition of excellence. In my opinion, the funding sought through approval of 3A and 3B are modest proposals that will fill critical needs in the District. In speaking with friends and neighbors about the ballot issue, I find parents of our current students realize the need to pass 3A and 3B to continue to receive the educational opportunities they seek for their children. Empty nesters realize the value of the CCSD education received by their children and grandchildren, and want the next generation to have those same opportunities. Parents of younger, not yet school-age

children appreciate the fact their predecessors have established a tradition of excellent schools and has a strong desire to see that continue. Even those without a direct connection to our schools appreciate the impact that great schools can have on their property values. In all cases, previous, current and future families of CCSD, as well as the community at large, will benefit from passing 3A and 3B. Strong schools and a strong community support our property values and a well-educated 21st century-ready workforce. Please join me in supporting 3A and 3B, and thank you for your support. Mari Anne Imhoff Englewood

Support our schools

I am writing to urge you to support 3A & 3B. I am a parent and Realtor who currently lives in the Cherry Creek District. As a parent, four years ago I lived in a neighboring  school district and found they could not support my twice exceptional (special education/gifted) son.

After months of research and talking to people in both districts, we decided we had no choice but to move our family to Cherry Creek Schools. The support and education my kids have received has far exceeded any of my expectations. As a Realtor, it is very clear that better performing schools have a direct correlation to higher property values and lower days on market when a house is listed. Not only are buyers willing to pay more per square foot for the same house in the Cherry Creek District, many of them won’t even consider looking at the same house outside of the district. The money from 3A & 3B will be used to update technology and security within the schools, add new STEM buildings to two schools and infuse STEM programs and classes into the other schools. Cherry Creek Schools have an outstanding reputation, both in and out of the state, and we can’t afford not to support the district as it strives to build upon its strengths and look toward the future. Carol Layng Greenwood Village

★ Election 2012 ★

PAGE 12 • THE VILLAGER • October 11, 2012

Election 2012

Committee (vice chair), Regional Transportation Committee, E-470 Public Highway Authority Board and Fiscal Sustainability Task Force.

These local RTD candidates will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot RTD DIRECTOR – DISTRICT D

Jeff Walker, incumbent

He is a transportation planner, an environmental planner and a member of Denver’s Planning Board.


“As a Denver metro area native, I care tremendously about our local community and the transit that we rely on,” Bjorlin said. “With my finance and business background and my passion for public transit, I am going to bring fiscal responsibility with accountability and transparency to RTD. As an avid mass transit advocate, I will bring a strong passion to establish sustainable transportation options that are inclusive across socio-economic levels within a balanced budget.”

Vince Chowdhury

Vince Chowdhury, a graduate of Wichita State University, lives in Aurora and is a small-business owner. He began as an member of his daughters’ PTA and is involved on numerous boards and committees. His vision for RTD includes an efficient and effective board, fiscal accountability, small but efficient staffs, preserving property rights, focusing on public/private partnership to build the light rail system as fast as possible and being diligent about the completion of I-225 Corridor light rail build-out

Claudia Folska

“Ensuring outstanding stewardship of citizens trust in RTD and how their tax money is spent will be a high priority for me as board member,” Folska said. “If RTD can increase ridership and revenue from thus far untapped sources, such as leasing retail space at light rail

stations, and streamline its administrative structure, that will help RTD complete the FasTracks project without having to cut as much service. “ Folksa, who is blind, says she moved from California to Denver because of the public transportation.

Dave Williams

“Eminent-domain abuse by RTD is one of my major concerns as a candidate for Board of Directors in District E,” Williams said. “RTD has used the process to condemn land not just for rail expansion, but for developers to build near light rail stops. While legal, it is immoral to force a property owner to give up his land so the government can sell it to someone else for development.”


Jack O’Boyle, incumbent

The former Lone Tree mayor served on the Financial Administration Audit Committee (vice chair), FasTracks

Gary Lasater

Served as mayor of Parker for nearly nine years and was council member for eight years. Part of the Metro Mayor’s Caucus that got the FasTracks program approved by the voters.


Bagley, the treasurer of the RTD Board Executive Committee, has lived in Colorado for 52 years and in District H for 18 years. He has master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Community Development from the University of Colorado and formerly served as planning director for the City of Aurora and chair of the Littleton Planning Commission. He said major issues include completion of FasTracks, engaging stakeholders of unfunded components, financial sustainability and further outreach to local government.

Tom Grushka

A former smallbusiness entrepreneur and contractor for a large telecommunications firm, Grushka has lived in numerous large cities and moved to Colorado in 2008. “I am legally blind and have used public transportation all my life. I rely on it every day,” he said. Grushka feels that the local system is vastly in need of improvement and he supports a plan to integrate nondedicated vehicles into access-a-Ride to lower costs of door-to-door service for the mobility impaired.

Ken Mihalik

Mihalik works in the aerospace industry for United Launch Alliance and previously worked in the chemical and automotive industries. He believes one of the main issues for RTD in general is the large credibility gap between the taxpayers and riders. “For RTD in general, it’s coming to terms with the reality that the northern counties are not going to wait until 2044 for light rail.” Mihalik also believes that finance is a major concern. “Sixty-two percent of the funding for Fast Tracks relies on federal grants, which are quickly drying up.”

Election 2012

10-11-12 Villager Election Section  

The 2012 Election Section

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you