BY FREDA MIKLIN
Cherry Hills Village (CHV) is divided into six geographical districts for election purposes, each with one city council representative. Every city council candidate runs at-large, thus each registered voter has the opportunity to vote for a city council candidate from every district on the ballot, as well as the mayor. Council members are elected for four years and eligible to serve two terms. The mayor is elected for two years and may serve up to three terms. City council elections are staggered so that three of the six district representatives are up for election or re-election every two years. This year, CHV candidates from council districts two, four and six, as well as the mayor will be on the ballot.
None of the incumbents or the mayor are term-limited in 2018, thus eligible for re-election. All have submitted the requisite petitions to run.
Mayor Laura Christman is being challenged by Russell Stewart, who was on city council from 2006-2015. Afshin Safavi is running against district two representative and Mayor Pro Tem Earl Hoellen. Zachary Bishop is seeking to unseat Katy Brown in CHV district six. Only councilman Mike Gallagher, in district four is running for re-election unopposed.
Ballots will be mailed as part of the Arapahoe County coordinated election Oct. 15 and are due back by Election Day, Nov. 6. Officials elected Nov. 6 will be sworn in and take office at the first regular CHV city council meeting after Jan. 1, 2019.
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