BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
This year’s Greenwood Village city council campaign was a quiet affair compared to the last one. In 2017, no one on city council was term-limited, but five members out of eight total were replaced following a difficult and divisive election that no one likely wanted to see repeated. The only changes in the new city council this year, which will serve until Nov. 2021, will be in district 3, where George Lantz gave up his seat to become mayor (he was unopposed) and Steve Moran chose not to run again. Everyone running for re-election in the other three districts was successful.
Four candidates ran for the two positions in district 3. Donna Johnston and Libby Barnacle were elected. Brian Strandes, current chair of the planning and zoning commission, made a strong run, but came up just short.
Johnston told The Villager, “I am honored District 3 voters put their trust in me to make good decisions that will preserve and protect our quality of life in Greenwood Village. I knocked on hundreds of doors during my campaign and it is clear residents love Greenwood Village as much as I do. They are concerned about traffic, high-density development and safety, and they want their council people to listen to them and represent their interests. I promise to do that.”
Barnacle touted her vote total, saying, “I want to thank the nearly 900 voters for their confidence in and support of my candidacy. I believe I know what residents want and what they expect, and I will work to make them proud.”
Strandes told The Villager that he planned to remain on the planning and zoning commission. He also shared the message he sent to the winners of the election: “Libby and Donna, Congratulations on joining the city council. You will be great additions to the current council and are excellent representatives of district 3. You both have a pulse on the wants and needs of the constituents, are accessible, and have the best interest of Greenwood Village in your hearts. Work together to make our awesome city even better.”
On November 18, George Lantz will be sworn in as mayor, taking over from outgoing Mayor Ron Rakowsky, who was term-limited. Johnston and Barnacle will take the oath of office for the first time, while Anne Ingebretsen, Jerry Presley, and Dave Kerber will each be sworn in to begin their eleventh year on GV’s city council. Dave Bullock begins his fifth year, and Tom Dougherty and Judy Hilton will start their third. The meeting will be focused on the ceremonial activities. Most other official city business will be deferred until the next city council meeting on December 2.
Hilton and Barnacle are the first mother-daughter team to ever serve together on GV city council. They could serve together for the next six years if both continue to be re-elected.
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