BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The Greenwood Village City Council is comprised of eight representatives, two elected from each of its four geographic districts, along with the mayor, who presides over the council but does not vote unless there is a tie. City council members determine municipal laws and decide how city funds are spent. GV’s 2019 budget is $52.8 million.
All positions are non-partisan and every candidate runs independently, although it isn’t uncommon for two candidates from a district to campaign as a pair. City council terms are two years and not staggered, thus every seat is up for election on the first Tuesday in November every other year. The top two vote-getters in each district are elected. City Council members are limited to serving four two-year terms, but only if they are consecutive. Jerry Presley (district one), Anne Ingebretsen (district two), and Dave Kerber (district two), who had already served eight years on city council previously, ran again in 2017 and were elected. The GV city charter provides no limit on the number of years one can serve on city council, as long as the candidate skips at least one two-year term after every eight years of service. GV city council representatives earn $18,000 per year.
The mayor serves for four years, limited to two consecutive terms, and earns $36,000 per year. GV Mayor Ron Rakowsky will leave his position on November 5, having served two full four-year terms in addition to the last ten months of former Mayor Nancy Sharpe’s second term. When Sharpe was elected Arapahoe County Commissioner in 2010, Rakowsky, who was Mayor Pro Tem, was appointed to fill out the balance of her term as mayor. He subsequently ran for election and re-election unopposed in both 2011 and 2015.
Citizens who wish to run for GV City Council must be at least 18 years of age, registered to vote, and have lived in the GV district they seek to represent for one year. The requirements to run for mayor are the same, but the candidate can live anywhere in the city.
Nominating petitions for city council and mayor may be picked up at GV city hall from Susan Ortiz, city clerk, beginning July 8. City council candidates must return those with 20 valid signatures from registered voters in their district by 5:00 p.m. on August 30. Petitions for mayor must contain 50 valid signatures of registered voters from anywhere in the city and are also due by the close of business on August 30.
Once received in October, completed ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off in ballot boxes that are available 24/7 in convenient locations, including the GV city hall parking lot.
In 2013, the GV municipal election was canceled because there were no contested races and no ballot issues. This year, it is expected that the current city council will include a ballot issue asking voters for permission for the city to provide subscribers telecommunications service, including high speed internet.
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