BY FREDA MIKLIN
Cherry Hills Village has six seats on its city council. Although each one represents a geographic graphical area consisting of one-sixth of the city’s 6.3 square miles and one-sixth of its total population of 6,442, all council members are elected at-large, just as is the mayor.
Council members may serve up to two four-year terms. The mayor is limited to three two-year terms. So as to ensure that all seats on the council cannot turn over at the same time, CHV, just like most Colorado municipalities, holds staggered elections. That results in three out of the six city council seats being up for election every two years.
This year, representatives from CHV districts two, four and six, along with the mayor, will be elected in November. Two of the current holders of the three city council seats, Katy Brown of district six and Mike Gallagher of district four, are term-limited. Afshin Safavi, who represents CHV district two, told The Villager he will not be running for re-election due to his many business obligations. Mayor Russell Stewart, eligible for one more two-year term, is running for re-election.
In order to be eligible to be elected to the city council, one must be 21 years old, a citizen of the United States, a registered elector, a resident of the city for 12 consecutive months prior to the date of the election, and a current resident of the district the candidate one is running to represent.
A candidate information session will be held at CHV City Hall at 2450 E. Quincy Avenue on August 9, 2022 from 4:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. Questions about the election should be directed to Laura Gillespie, City Clerk at email@example.com or 303-783-2732.