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By Gwen Clayton

The the City of Wheat Ridge as well as the Jefferson County Board of Education will conduct elections Nov. 7. Interested candidates must file nomination petitions before Aug. 28 with the respective city clerk or school board office.

For the City of Wheat Ridge, one seat in each of districts I, II, III and IV plus the mayor are up for election. As of press time, Notices of Intent have been filed by the following:

Mayoral candidates:

Joseph DeMott and William Starker.

District I candidates: Janeece Hoppe

District II candidates:

Rachel Hultin and Zachary Urban

District III candidates: none

District IV candidates:

Leah Dozeman, Virginia Ruth 

Baranowski, Andrew Rasmussen and

Valerie Nosler Beck.

All positions serve four-year terms. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age on Election Day, a registered elector and a Wheat Ridge resident for one year. Nomination Petitions must be turned in to the City Clerk's Office at 7500 W. 29th Ave.

An election forum is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The event will be hosted by the City of Wheat Ridge and Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact City Clerk Janelle Shaver at 303-235-2823 or visit

Three out of five directors are up for election this year in the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education, including District 1 (Incumbent: Brad Rupert), District 2 (Incumbent: Susan Harmon) and District 5 (Incumbent: Ron Mitchell).

Requirements for School Board candidates include: Must be registered to vote; must be a resident of the school district for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election; must be a resident of the director district in which he or she is a candidate; and must not have been convicted of a sexual offense against a child.

Filing papers can be picked up at the Jeffco Public School Board/Superintendent Office located at 1829 Denver West Dr., Bldg. 27, fourth floor, in Golden.

For more information, call 303-982-6500 or visit

In all Colorado elections, once declared as a candidate, each person must meet filing requirements under the state’s Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA). Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.