COMMERCE CITY — The four open seats on City Council in this November’s municipal election have seven candidates filed for the ballot.
City officials last week announced the registered candidates for two at-large council seats and council seats for Ward I and Ward III, each set for a four-year term.
In Ward I, Councilman Andrew Amador will seek a full term after being appointed to council in January following the departure of Mayor Pro Tem Dominick Moreno to the General Assembly.
Amador will face Gene Leffel, who also applied for the Ward I vacancy after Moreno’s resignation, ran an unsuccessful bid for an at-large seat on council in 2007. In addition to being a longtime member of the city’s Board of Adjustments, Leffel is founder of the Citizens Alliance for Reasonable Zoning, was the first president of the Derby Business Association, is a charter member of the Commerce City Historical Society and has been a regular attendee of council meetings since 2004.
In Ward III, Councilwoman Jadie Carson is unopposed.
For the two at-large council seats, Councilman René Bullock and Jason McEldowney will seek new four-year terms. They will face:
• Robert Tovas, a commercial truck driver who previously ran an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2011;
• And Harvest Thomas, a financial advisor for the Colorado Department of Human Services who has also served on a number of city and county commissions and councils.
A ballot lot draw to determine name listing order on the ballot will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the atrium of the Commerce City Civic Center. Candidates and other interested parties are invited to attend. The city clerk is required to certify all ballot content with the Adams County Clerk by Sept. 6.
Additionally, the Nov. 5 ballot will also feature a sales and use tax question regarding recreation and infrastructure projects, as well as a housekeeping amendment to the city’s charter to change election language in section 3.1 to be consistent with current practice.
The charter currently states that regular municipal elections are held in conjunction with the general elections in November of off-numbered years. The proposed language would replace the word off-numbered with odd-numbered, delete the word general and clarify that the election is held in coordination with Adams County.
For more information on the 2013 election, visit www.c3gov.com/elections.