Race for Aurora mayor and city council off with five seats in the open


AURORA | Several Aurora residents have already filed for candidacy in the November 2015 municipal election to fill Aurora City Council seats.

Five of 10 council seats are open, with two incumbents leaving after serving the maximum three terms. Three are for ward seats, and two are for at-large seats. The mayor’s seat is open, but only incumbent Steve Hogan has filed for candidacy as of publication date.

Andrew Bateman is the only Aurora resident who has filed to replace outgoing Councilwoman Molly Markert’s Ward IV seat, which she is leaving because of term limits. Bateman currently serves on the legislative staff for state House Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora.

Councilman Bob Roth is the sole candidate in Ward V. Roth was appointed to that seat in 2010, and serves as the director of preconstruction Services at Intermountain Electric, Inc. Roth said he kicked off his formal campaign Jan. 29 at the Athenian Restaurant in Aurora.

He said his campaign this year would focus on the successful completion of the Aurora light rail line set to open in 2016 and continued development around the Anschutz Medical campus.

Ward VI, where incumbent Bob Broom is leaving his seat because of term limits, has four residents vying for one open spot. Those include Larry Stevenson, Francoise Bergen, PK Kaiser and Brian Arnold.

Stevenson is the director of Safety and Public Affairs for Denver’s office of Excise and Licenses. Bergen moved with her family to southeast Aurora 13 years ago and serves on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee. Kaiser is a Realtor who has run for office in the four previous years, including twice for an Aurora City Council seat. Brian Arnold, a motivational speaker and former Cherokee Trail High School assistant track coach is also running for the seat.

Candidates for the at-large council member position include current council members Debi Hunter Holen and Bob LeGare. Aurora resident Angela Lawson is also running for the available at-large seat. LeGare has not formally filed, but has said he will.

Hogan said he will begin his formal campaign next month.

Potential ballot measures for this year’s municipal election include a proposal by Ward I Councilwoman Sally Mounier to repeal a charter rule that prohibits the city from offering financial incentives to a racetrack developer. The other ballot measures council members are contemplating would ask Aurora voters whether they wanted to become a combined city and county.

To make the ballot, mayoral and at-large candidates must file petitions signed by at least 100 voters. Ward candidates are required to file petitions signed by a minimum of 50 voters. The last day to file petitions is August 25.

A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the number of city council seats that will be elected in November. Wards IV, V and VI and two at-large seats will be elected in 2015