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CONTRIBUTED BY DONNA JOHNSON
Donna Johnston has announced she is running for City Council in District 3 because she wants to make sure we maintain the village values that Greenwood Village residents have said they care about as Colorado continues to grow.
Donna Johnston is an active member of the Greenwood Village community. She currently chairs the Greenwood Village Board of Adjustments and Appeals and is Vice-President of the Sundance Hills HOA. She was also a member of the Save our Village committee.
Donna has 25+ experience in public relations and public affairs, working most of her career for AT&T in New Jersey and Washington D.C. She was also state affairs representative for the Colorado Rural Electric Association.
Donna has lived in Greenwood Village for 10 years. She and her husband, Jim, have two sons, Tucker and Matthew.
Coloradans will vote on whether to give Presidential votes to more populous states
August 29 the Colorado Secretary of State certified for the November 2020 election the petition challenging the National Popular Vote in Colorado. Petition proponents, Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Mayor Don Wilson, look forward to the coming campaign to defeat the National Popular Vote in Colorado.
“The people of Colorado will have their voice heard! We will not give our votes for President to states like California and New York,” said Pugliese. “I look forward to the campaign ahead, and I look forward to defeating Colorado’s participation in the National Popular Vote scheme.”
In the certification, the Secretary’s office found that “because the random sample verification established that the projected number of valid signatures totals 147.37 of the amount required for placement on the ballot, the SB 19-042 Referendum is sufficient and will be certified to the 2020 general election ballot.”
“This is an awesome victory for the thousands of Coloradans who volunteered their time to circulate petitions, and for the hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who signed the petition to veto Colorado’s participation in the National Popular Vote scheme,” said Mayor Wilson. “Supporters of the National Popular Vote have already started their smear campaign to confuse voters. We know we’re in for a fight, and we’re ready to defeat the National Popular Vote in November 2020!”
The referendum petition filed by Pugliese and Wilson required 124,632 valid signatures to place Senate Bill 19-042, the National Popular Vote, on the November 2020 ballot. The Secretary’s office calculated that the effort submitted 228,832 signatures and projected that 183,673 were valid. Protect Colorado’s Vote, and others opposed to the National Popular Vote scheme, will ask for a “No” vote on the November 2020 ballot question.
On February 21, 2019, Commissioner Pugliese and Mayor Wilson filed a petition challenging the implementation of Senate Bill 19-042, the National Popular Vote. On Saturday, March 16th, Coloradans Vote started collecting signatures to protect Colorado’s votes for President by putting the National Popular Vote (SB 19-042) adopted by the Colorado Legislature and signed by Governor Jared Polis, on the November 2020 general election ballot.
Proponents of the Citizens Veto, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, and Monument Mayor Don Wilson, have worked to build the largest volunteer outreach effort ever mobilized by a statewide initiative or referendum petition. More than 2,200 volunteers circulated petitions to keep Colorado’s votes for President from going to states like California, Illinois, and New York.
The Secretary determined that 228,832 signatures were delivered to place the National Popular Vote scheme on the November 2020 ballot. The signature count represents the most signatures ever gathered to place a measure on the statewide ballot, surpassing the previous record of 212,332. More than 100,000 signatures were collected by volunteers, making it the most successful volunteer effort of its kind in Colorado history.
Republicans and Democrats voted against SB 19-042 in the Legislature and former Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper went on record opposing the National Popular Vote scheme in March of this year admitting that, “our Founding Fathers got things pretty right.”
Since then, Nevada’s Democratic Governor vetoed similar legislation there and a bipartisan coalition of legislators killed the same in Maine after much political theater.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Current GV Mayor Pro Tem George Lantz will become the city’s new mayor after the November 5 election. The deadline has now passed for candidates to submit petitions to get on the ballot and he is the only one running for the position.
In GV District Three, east of I-25 extending to the southern tip of the city, both city council seats are open. One was occupied by Lantz and the other by Steve Moran, who is not running for re-election. Mark Wilson, Brian Strandes, Donna Johnston, and Elizabeth Barnacle are the candidates for the two seats. The election is non-partisan and each candidate runs individually. The top two vote-getters in each district are elected.
Wilson is a local business, tax, and securities attorney. Strandes, a small business owner, and Barnacle, a former county prosecutor, are on the city’s planning & zoning commission. Barnacle is also the daughter of current city council member Judy Hilton. Johnston, whose experience is in public relations, serves on GV’s board of adjustments and appeals.
In District Two, Jill Burbary, a marketing and communications executive who has lived in GV for 30 years, is hoping to be elected to one of the seats presently held by Dave Kerber, a logistics company owner, and Anne Ingebretsen, a former marketing representative. Both Kerber and Ingebretsen are seeking re-election to a sixth term on the city council. District 2 extends from Belleview Avenue to Orchard Road east of Holly Street across I-25 to DTC Boulevard and reaches south to Arapahoe Road west of I-25.
In District Four, which includes the northeast portion of GV and the neighborhoods near Arapahoe and Peoria, local attorney Tom Dougherty and former high school principal Judy Hilton are running unopposed for re-election to a second term on the city council.
Also running without opposition are Jerry Presley, planning a sixth term on the city council, and Dave Bullock, planning a third term, in GV’s western quadrant, District One, which is mostly bound by Holly Street, Clarkson Avenue, Belleview Avenue and Orchard Road.
The election is on November 5. Ballots will be mailed out by Arapahoe County Clerk Joan Lopez beginning the week of October 14. They can be returned by mail or dropped off at any authorized ballot box. One such box is located in the parking lot of GV City Hall and is available 24/7.
Citizens are encouraged to watch The Villager for further information on the candidates.
Nadine Caldwell, who served for 16 years on the Aurora City Council and has remained a powerful advocate for Northwest Aurora, today announced that she is endorsing Mike Coffman for Mayor of the City of Aurora.
“I’m honored to endorse Mike Coffman for Mayor for the City of Aurora.\ I’ve admired Mike ever since I first met him in 1983, right after he came home from the Marines and started a small business and became very active in our community.”
Caldwell founded one of the first neighborhood organizations in Aurora, Northwest Aurora Neighborhood Organization (NANO), in 1976.\ She served as President for 13 years and still sits on the board.\ Caldwell served on three of the largest redevelopment projects in the state, each significantly affecting north Aurora: the Lowry Redevelopment Authority, the Stapleton Development Corporation, and the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority. She has also served on the Aurora Historical Society Board, the Aurora Economic Development Corporation Board, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District Board, the E-470 Authority Board, and was a Sand Creek Regional Greenway founder and board member.\ Caldwell’s awards and honors include the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, the Circle of Life Award for community service from the City of Aurora and Waste Management, and induction into the Aurora Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015.
“Mike fully understands that public safety has to be his top priority and that every resident of our city has a right to feel safe, regardless of where they live in Aurora,” said Caldwell.\
“It’s such an honor to have Nadine Caldwell’s endorsement in my race for Mayor.\ She has had so many leadership roles for so long, but what impresses me the most is her tireless dedication to tackling the toughest challenges in northwest Aurora.” said Coffman.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTRERE
When former two-term South Carolina Governor and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley came to Denver on August 19 to help Sen. Cory Gardner in his bid for re-election in 2020, she stole the show.
Haley was there to speak about the importance of re-electing Gardner to the Senate, but most people seemed far more interested in Haley’s future than in Gardner’s.
A native of South Carolina and the daughter of Sikh immigrant parents from India, she talked about keeping the books for her family’s clothing store as a teenager, leading to a degree in accounting from Clemson University. When she returned to work in her family’s business after working as an accountant, she said, “I felt like the people at the state House didn’t understand how hard it was for small businesses. They didn’t understand the value of a dollar.”
Haley said that when she eventually decided to run for the state House in 2004, she challenged and defeated a 30-year incumbent.
After getting re-elected in 2008, Haley told the gathering that she tried to stop a long-standing practice of the South Carolina state legislature, where virtually everything was decided by a voice vote, resulting in legislators’ not having a voting record that their constituents could see. She tried to reform that system but failed found herself stripped of all her committee assignments. “So, I ran for governor, and won,” she told the delighted crowd in Greenwood Village.
The first bill she signed as governor was a requirement that votes in the South Caroline legislature be recorded. She held the governorship from 2011 to 2017, when President Trump appointed her to represent the United States in the United Nations.
Haley talked about what she did as governor to bring back South Carolina’s sagging economy, how she brought down the high unemployment rate by getting large car manufacturers to come to her state. Haley told the audience that she believed, “if you could give a person a job, you could take care of a family.” She continued, “Jobs depend on a healthy business environment.”
Speaking about the current climate in the nation’s capital., Haley said, “It has never been as toxic as it is in D.C. right now.” Still, she believes “The only way to find solutions is to find common ground to accomplish goals. At the end of the day, we all want to see solutions, not just talk.”
At the United Nations, Haley said, “Every day it was like putting on body armor. Most countries don’t like us, but they all want to be us and at the end of the day, they want us to lead.”
She talked about the decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Said Haley, “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. We have all our embassies in countries’ capitals. I stood up for the U.S. and we used our veto.”
The Ambassador acknowledged what worries many Republicans. She said, “I’m very sensitive to the toxic nature of our politics. We should not call other people evil. I’ve seen evil in places like Sudan and the Congo. What we’re having is a debate. Even on our worst day, we are blessed to be Americans.”
When the speeches ended, everyone crowded around Haley to talk to her and take her picture. She was patient, gracious, and friendly to all. The room was buzzing as one person after another commented privately on how “presidential” Haley sounded.
In 2016 Time Magazine named Nikki Haley one of the 100 most influential people in the world. After leaving her position as U.N Ambassador, Haley founded Stand for America, which she describes an “an advocacy group promoting public policies that strengthen America’s economy, culture, and national security.” It also serves as a base from which she can communicate to Americans about where she stands on the important issues of the day.
News outlets are increasingly describing Nikki Haley as a rival to Vice-President Mike Pence for the V.P spot in 2020 or the presidency in 2024. Although she recently denied being the source of rumors to that effect, many Republicans are convinced the competition is real. A June 24 Wall Street Journal Op-Ed urging President Trump to replace Pence with Haley on the 2020 Republican ticket did little to change anyone’s mind that she has her eye on the prize.
Libby Barnacle is a 5th generation Coloradan, a life-long resident of Greenwood Village, and a product of the Cherry Creek Schools.
She attended Boston College and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she graduated cum laude. She received a law degree from the University of Denver.
Libby is a former Deputy District for Arapahoe and Adams Counties as well as Guardian Ad Litem for Dependent and Neglected children for Arapahoe County.
When not volunteering in the Cherry Creek Schools or supporting the efforts of Tall Tales Ranch, a Colorado nonprofit building an inclusive community for young adults with special needs, you frequently find Libby on the tennis courts competing in her favorite sport.
She and her husband, Colin, also an attorney, have been residents of District 3 since 2003. Their two girls attend elementary and high school in Cherry Creek, and, if elected, she would be the only Council member with children currently in our schools.
During her second term as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner, Libby was actively involved in pushing the decision to send the issue of increased urban density in the Orchard Station Subarea to a vote of the people, which was defeated.
She is committed to maintaining the quality of life we enjoy in Greenwood Village, supporting safety and security in our schools and neighborhoods, and she will bring the knowledge and experience that she has gained in four years as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner to projects and issues brought to City Council. Libby has the skills, loyalty to residents, and enthusiasm to represent the constituents in District 3 and she will work to earn your vote.”
It was a super fun and informative summer picnic for conservatives with plenty of patriotism and support for President Donald Trump. The Arapahoe County Republicans (GOP), or as they like to say: “Great Opportunity Party” is bringing back traditions.
Steve Grove opened his spectacular ranch – a favorite gathering place for Republicans. Nearby Valley Country Club loaned its golf carts for transportation on the grounds. Lynne Cottrell and Jewell Hargrave brought back the annual barbeque event with dozens of sponsors, donors and volunteers including Cherry Creek Republican Women. Tony David and WildeFire loaned their sound system. Bo Cottrell auctioneered and one sweet treat alone fetched $70. Clever gift baskets were awarded lucky ticket holders. (The Villager’s own publisher Bob Sweeney won a basket that included a T-shirt.) Arapahoe County Republican Party Chair Dorothy Gottlieb was emcee and added a sprinkle of humor when she included personal quips with each introduction. Former State Senator Nancy Spence and Dr. Peter Spence were celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary. The animated popular radio host Jimmy Sengenberger arrived via golf cart for a music interlude on the harmonica beginning with The Blues in the key of F. Keynote speakers were outgoing GOP State Chair Steve House, outgoing DA – 18th Judicial District George Brauchler and State Rep. HD 38 Susan Beckman who is up for reelection. “Colorado is the only state with DA term limits,” said Brauchler who served the heavily populated and diverse Arapahoe, Elbert, Lincoln and Douglas Counties during heartbreaking times. He extolled the virtues of John Kelner, his day-one hire, running to be the next DA. “I care about keeping us safe and respecting the rule of law,” said Kelner.
The audience gave rapt attention to Rep. Beckman who was invited to the White House for President Trump’s Executive Order signing of the bill for healthcare open billing, published fees and negotiated insurance reimbursement in and out of the patient’s network – ending secrecy. And, Health Savings Accounts will be more flexible. Beckman had co-sponsored a non-partisan bill (1358) in Colorado for just that and out of the blue it was killed by Planned Parenthood to the tune of $6 million. It was huge thing that he (President Trump) did. He stands up for people (patients)!
Multiple local candidates throughout the county were on hand to give brief insight to their campaign platforms. “We have a set of wonderful candidates running,” said County Chair Dorothy Gottlieb. ‘We must unite.” She also mentioned that the organization has new headquarters, an 80 Percent Club and encouraged visiting the website and its tabs: arapahoerepublicans.org. “We have to get people inspired to dream again, to believe in The American Dream” said State GOP Chair Steve House. “We can win! It’s been a blessing and pleasure to serve.”
CONTRIBUTED BY MIKE FOR MAYOR
Retired Colorado National Guard Major General Mason Whitney, who served as the Adjutant General for the Colorado National Guard from 2000 to 2007, today announced that he is endorsing Mike Coffman for Mayor of the City of Aurora in the upcoming November election.
“Today, I’m proud to announce my endorsement of Mike Coffman for Mayor of the City of Aurora. I’ve known Mike since 2000, when I began serving as the Adjutant General for the Colorado National Guard and Mike was the State Treasurer. I’ve always been deeply impressed with his understanding of the military and the needs of Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora’s largest employer with an economic impact to the City of Aurora of over $1 billion a year,” said Whitney.
Whitney started his career as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1968 and served in Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller for his first assignment. Whitney was the Installation Commander for Buckley Air National Guard Base from 1990 to 1998. In 2000, Whitney was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve as the Adjutant General for the State of Colorado. The Colorado National Guard has the flying missions at Buckley Air Force Base with the Air National Guard’s F-16 fighter aircraft from the 140th Wing and the helicopters from the Army National Guard’s 186th General Support Aviation Battalion. Whitney retired from the Colorado National Guard in 2007 but then was immediately appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to serve as the Director for the newly created Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.
Coffman, 64, grew up in Aurora and attended Aurora Public Schools. He dropped out of high school at the end of his junior year to enlist in the U.S. Army where he earned a high school diploma through an Army program and later graduated from the University of Colorado. Coffman is a combat veteran with a combined 21 years of military service between the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve. Coffman has been a longtime member of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and was a partner in an Aurora-based property management firm for 17 years. Coffman has held the elected offices of State Representative, State Senator, State Treasurer, Colorado Secretary of State, and U.S. Representative.
“I’m so honored to have the endorsement of Major General Whitney, who has done so much for our state and nation,” said Coffman.
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