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See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora,_Colorado


Next municipal election is November 5, 2019. Mayor is an open seat up for vote, along with Wards 4, 5, and 6, plus 2 At-Large seats.


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Aurora Overview

Aurora Demographics

Aurora City Council

Max of 3 consecutive 4-year terms. Extended term limit in 2011 with 5.1% majority.

Campaign Finance Reports: https://apps.auroragov.org/CampaignFinance/(S(00dxi255spsepg55njdla445))/Public/Default.aspx

Title Name Party Next Election
November
Contact 2019 Margin 2017 Margin 2015 Margin 2013 Margin 2011 Margin
Mayor Bob LeGare Republican 2019 303.739.7015
blegare@auroragov.org
X UNOPPOSED
(Steve Hogan)
(Markert considered running)
X 7.3% (37.5%)
(Steve Hogan)
Ryan L Frazier 30.2%
Jude Sandvall 14.5%
Debbie Stafford 11.4%
Sheilah Thomas Davis 3.5%
Barbara J Yamrick 2.5%
X
Ward I Crystal Murillo Democrat 2021 303.739.7502
cmurillo@auroragov.org
21.42% (60.71%) 1
Sally Mounier 39.29%
1 (GOP incumbent defeated by Dem)
X 16% (58%)
(Sally Mounier)
Eric Busch 42.9%
X
(Miller resigned 2012 / Council voted Mounier)
4.6% (33.7%)
(Melissa Miller)
(Dem incumbent out)
Deborah Wallace 29.1%
Kimberly Harrell 24.0%
Francis Peter Jr. 12.9%
Ward II Nicole Johnston Democrat 2021 303.739.7506
njohnsto@auroragov.org
26.01% (49.66%)
Bob Hagedorn 23.65%
Robert E. O'Riley 11.60%
Ruben L. Medina 9.30%
Jeff Wilson 5.79% (Libertarian)
X 20% (60%)
(Renie Peterson)
Bernard Celestin 39.9%
X 14.5% (57.2%)
(Renie Peterson)
Randy Reamey 42.7%
Ward III Marsha Berzins Republican 2021
(Will be termed out)
303.739.7508
mberzins@auroragov.org
12.42% (34.97%) 1
Martha Lugo 22.55%
Naquetta Ricks 18.09%
Debi Hunter Holen 16.27%
Robert Hargrove 8.12%
1 (Total Dem Vote: 56.91%)
X UNOPPOSED X 5.1% (52.5%)
Larry Beer 47.4%
Ward IV Charlie Richardson Unaffiliated 2019 303.739.7516
crichard@auroragov.org
X 11.5% (55.7%)
Joe Lewis 44.2%
X 43.9% (71.9%)
(Molly Markert)
Adrienne Markopolos 28.0%
X
Ward V Bob Roth Republican 2019 303.739.7510
broth@auroragov.org
X 42.5% (62.5%)
Cheri McElhiney 20%
Livia Payne 17.4%
X 32.3% (66.1%)
Alfonso Nunez 33.8%
X
Ward VI Francoise Bergan Republican 2019 303.739.7015
fbergan@auroragov.org
X 19.4% (49.7%)
Brian E. Arnold 30.3%
PK Kaiser 19.8%
X 6.7% (36.2%)
(Bob Broom)
Kristie McNealy 29.5%
Tom Coker 24.7%
PK Kaiser 9.4%
X
At-Large Allison Hiltz Democrat 2021 303.739.7524
ahiltz@auroragov.org
Won with 22.88% X Won with 19.9%
(Barbara Cleland)
X Won with 18.4%
(Barbara Cleland)
At-Large Angela Lawson Republican 2019 303.739.7518
alawson@auroragov.org
X Won with 28.5% X Won with 22.9%
(Debi Hunter-Holen)
X
At-Large Johnny Watson Republican 2019 303.739.7522
jowatson@auroragov.org
X Won with 28.1%
(Bob LeGare)
X Won with 26.5%
(Bob LeGare)
X
At-Large Dave Gruber Republican 2021 303.739.7514
dgruber@auroragov.org
Won with 17.52% 1
1 (Seat triggered automatic recount)
X Won with 21.5%
(Brad Pierce)
X Won with 23%
(Bob Fitzgerald)


Sources:


Expanded Historical At-Large Results

Winners are bolded.

Ward 2017 Results 2015 Results 2013 Results 2011 Results 2009 Results
At-Large Allison Hiltz 22.88%
Dave Gruber 17.52%

Tom Tobiassen 17.46%
Tim Huffman 15.33%
Brian E. Arnold 10.54%
Russ Wagner 8.62%
Abel Laeke 3.83%
Reid Hettich 3.82%
Angela Lawson 28.5%
Bob LeGare 28.1%

Debi Hunter Holen 25.1%
Maya Wheeler 18.2%
Brad Pierce 22.8%
Barbara Cleland 19.8%

Matthew L. Cook 18.4%
Maya Wheeler 14.9%
Angela Lawson 14.2%
PK Kaiser 9.6%
Bob LeGare 26.5%
Debi Hunter-Holen 22.9%

Brad Pierce 20.5%
Dave Williams 18.7%
James Frye 11.1%
Bob FitzGerald 23.0%
Barbara Cleland 18.4%

Bob LeGare 18.3%
Pamela Bennett 16.9%
Alfonso Nunez 13.7%
Bob Roth 9.5%


Local Groups

Aurora Residents for Transparency

Aurora Economic Development Council

2017 Election


Aurora will elect a city council rep from Wards I, II, and III, plus two At-Large seats on Nov 7, 2017. These are the candidates.

  • NOTE: At-Large Council Member Barb Cleland will NOT be running for reelection. Plus Brad Pierce is termed out of his At-Large seat and Renie Peterson is termed out of her Ward II seat.
  • Therefore Ward II and both At-Large seats are WIDE OPEN.


Candidates

On November 7th, 2017, there are a total of 5 seats up for vote--2 At-Large seats, and 3 ward seats (Wards 1, 2, and 3). Both At-Large seats and the seat for Ward 2 have no incumbent running.

At one point, there were 26 candidates petitioning between the 5 seats.

There is one ballot measure specific to the City of Aurora.

Sample Ballots: Adams County, Arapahoe County, and Douglas County.


(i) = incumbent
Ward Name Party Endorsements/Info Contact Questionnaires
Ward 1 Sally Mounier (i) Republican Trump Supporter (Source)
Aurora Firefighters Association Local 1290
Has supported Personhood
Lead efforts on 2017 attempt for Entertainment District
Has scored 92% for the NRA Victory Fund
Anti-Sanctuary City
Email
Website
Ward 1 Crystal Murillo Democrat Emerge CO
Denver Area Labor Federation
Colorado People's Action
Conservation Colorado
Working Families Party
Our Revolution Metro Denver
Colorado BlueFlower Fund
Aurora Sentinel
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate
Email
Website
Colorado Black Women for Political Action
 
Ward 2 Bob Hagedorn Democrat Former State Senator and State Rep.
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate
Ward 2 Nicole Johnston Democrat Sits on Aurora's oil & gas advisory committee
Emerge CO
Colorado Black Leadership Caucus and Colorado Black Women for Political Action
Denver Area Labor Federation
Aurora Firefighters Association Local 1290
Colorado People's Action
Working Families Party
Conservation Colorado
Vote Pro-Choice
Our Revolution Metro Denver
Colorado BlueFlower Fund
Outgoing Ward 2 Council memeber Renie Peterson
Aurora Sentinel
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate
Email
Website
Colorado Black Women for Political Action
What The Frack? - Environmental
Ward 2 Ruben L. Medina Democrat Senior Recreational Specialist - RISE Colorado
Ward 2 Robert O'Riley Unaffiliated Current Denver Deputy Sheriff
Believes fracking is good for business, but wants regulations
Aurora Police Association
Email
Website
Ward 2 Jeff Wilson Libertarian
He told an IFRR Wiki Researcher
that he was registered unaffiliated,
but his registration that matches the address
he gave us says Libertarian
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate Email
Website
 
Ward 3 Marsha Berzins (i) Republican Aurora Firefighters Association Local 1290
Aurora Police Association
The Apartment Association of Metro Denver
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 68
Aurora Association of Realtors
Metro Housing Coalition
Email
Website
What The Frack? - Environmental
Ward 3 Debi Hunter Holen Democrat Member, Aurora Citizens for Excellent Schools (Defunct)
Colorado BlueFlower Fund
Adams County Commissioners (Henry, Tedesco, O'Dorisio)
Arapahoe County Commissioners (Holen, Jackson)
Congressman Ed Perlmutter
State Sens. Nancy Todd and Rhonda Fields
State Reps. Su Ryden and Dominique Jackson
More endorsements
Contact Form
Website
Ward 3 Martha Lugo Democrat Serves the City of Aurora on the Immigrant and Refugee Commission and Human Relations Commission
Denver Area Labor Federation
Colorado People's Action
Our Revolution Metro Denver
Working Families Party
Aurora Sentinel
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate
Email
Website

What The Frack? - Environmental

Ward 3 Naquetta Ricks Democrat Former HD-42 candidate
State Sen. Rhonda Fields
Ministerial Alliance
Colorado BlueFlower Fund
Email
Facebook
Website
Ward 3 Robert Hargrove Republican Online Contact Form
Facebook
Website
 
At-Large Brian Arnold Republican Executive Director, Aurora Warms the Night
Member, Aurora Citizens Advisory Budget Committee
Member, Aurora's Gang Reduction Impact Program (A-GRIP)
Previously ran for Aurora City Council from Ward IV
Email
Facebook
Website
At-Large Dave Gruber Republican Air Force vet
Francoise Bergan, current Aurora City Councilwoman
Arapahoe County Commissioners Jeff Baker and Kathleen Conti
Email
Facebook
Website
At-Large Reid Hettich Unaffiliated Pastor of Mosaic Church
Founding member of Aurora Economic Development Council
Email
Website
At-Large Allison Hiltz Democrat Emerge CO
Colorado Black Leadership Caucus
Denver Area Labor Federation
Colorado People's Action
Working Families Party
Vote Pro-Choice
Colorado BlueFlower Fund
Fmr. Gov. Richard Lamm
Crisanta Duran, Colorado House Speaker
Gail Schoettler, Former Lt. Governor and State Treasurer
Peggy Kerns, Former Aurora City Councilmember and State Representative
Emma Pinter, Westminster City Councillor
Aurora Sentinel
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate
Email
Website
Colorado Black Women for Political Action
What The Frack? - Environmental
At-Large Timothy Huffman Republican Former Aurora Police Officer
Endorsed by Aurora Police Association
Former State Rep. Debbie Stafford
Huffman donated $50 to Marsha Berzin's 2017 re-election efforts
Email
Website
At-Large Abel Gebre Laeke Democrat Individual Citizen Endorsements
Aurora Sentinel article on criminal record
Email
Website
Colorado Black Women for Political Action
What The Frack? - Environmental
At-Large Tom Tobiassen Democrat Aurora Firefighters Association Local 1290
Denver Area Labor Federation
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1001
Aurora Sentinel
Aurora Councilmembers Bob LeGare, Bob Roth, Brad Pierce, Bob Broom (former)
Ron Rakowsky, Greenwood Village Mayor
State Sen. Nancy Todd
State Reps. Dominique Jackson and Jovan Melton
Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen (Debi Hunter Holen's husband)
Individual Endorsements
Email
Website
Colorado Black Women for Political Action
At-Large Russell Wagner Unaffiliated Aurora Police Association
Aurora Councilmember Bob Roth
Supports the "Entertainment District" measure
Facebook post controversy on police brutality versus race
Email
Website


Former Candidates

Candidates who are no longer running in 2017 for Aurora City Council.

Ward Name Party comment Contact
Ward 2 Bernard Celestin Democrat
Ward 2 Glenn Ressmeyer Unaffiliated
 
Ward 3 Kevin Cox Democrat Instead running for Aurora Public Schools Online Contact Form: http://kevincoxforaurora.com/contact/
 
At-Large PK Kaiser Democrat Dropped out to concentrate
on 2018 County Assessor race
email: vote4kaiser@gmail.com
web: https://jsfulton.wordpress.com/
At-Large Eric Mulder Libertarian
At-Large Julie Weinheimer Unaffiliated Member of Indivisible groups
Votes for Mike Coffman
contact form: http://weinheimerforaurora.com/contact-us-or-volunteer
web: http://weinheimerforaurora.com/

2017 Campaign Finance


Here we will detail by each candidate their total campaign contributions, total expenditures, and remaining cash on hand (all campaign finance totals will be combined, including for individual donations). We will also record individual contributions from notable donors and note special interests where applicable.


(One source for Aurora Wiki Researcher: https://apps2.auroragov.org/campaignfinance/(S(ufv5vlr2u1l1ycq23lwnhoqs))/Public/Default.aspx)

AuroraFin1AtLarge.png
(Source: Aurora Residents for Tranparency)

(i) = incumbent
Seat Name Party Total Contributions Total Expenditures Total Cash On Hand Total PACs Notable Individuals
Ward 1 Sally Mounier (i) Republican $38,397.22 $25,054.51
(incl. $2,300 on opposition research)
$15,836.61
(Previous CoH: $2,493.90)
$3,262
(from Aurora for a Stronger Economy, an Oil & Gas special interest group)
In-kind contributions: $773.16
Majority are contributions over $100, with many $1,000
More from groups and LLCs rather than individuals
Nebo Redevelopment LLC (address search finds DAE Construction) - $4,000
Ira Mitzner (CEO of RIDA - Real Estate) - $2,500
Llantera El Rey LLC (Real Estate) - $2,500
Metro Housing Coalition Political Committee - $2,500
Richard Frank (Owner, Centre Communities Ltd - Land Developers; Board Member of Serenity Ridge Metropolitan District No. 1; investor in controversial Serenity Ridge assembly hall) - $2,000 (two $1,000 donations)
Pat Hamill (Real Estate Developer; donates to reform candidates; member of Colorado Concern, which lists education reform as a value) - $1,500
The Community Enhancement Group REIT LLC (Real Estate - $1,000
Murphy Creek Development Corp (Real Estate) - $1,000 (two $500 donations)
Comcast (Telecom) - $1,000
Fitz 46 LLLP (Real Estate - Apartments) - $1,000
Forest City Stapleton II LLC (Real Estate) - $1,000
Aimco Properties LP - $1,000
Aurora Fire Fighters Protective Association - $1,000
Waste Management - $500
Robert Dorshimer (CEO of Mile High Behavioral Healthcare) - $500
Westside Property Investment Co. (Real Estate) - $500
CVL Consultants of Colorado (Civil Engineering for Oil & Gas) - $500
Black Jack PAC (Casinos & Gaming) - $500
DIA 1287 Holdings LLC (Real Estate; sold land to Walmart) - $500
Sewald Hanfling LC (Public Affairs/Lobbying) - $500
Brooke Banbury (Owner, Banbury Enterprises, Consulting; usually donates to Democrats) - $1,000
Apartment Association of Metro Denver - $500
Marianne Farrell (Real Estate Agent at Berkshire Hathaway) - $500
Sweetwater Partners (Venture Capital/Private Equity) - $500
Bison Oil & Gas LLC (Oil & Gas) - $300
Falck Rocky Mountain Corp (Private Ambulance; Dutch-owned) - $250
5280 Strategies LLC (Lobbying) - $250
Jeannette Rodriguez (Co-Chairwoman of Aurora's Immigrant and Refugee Commission; - $100
Ward 1 Crystal Murillo Democrat $22,143.5 $16,957 $5,186.50 In-kind contributions: $3,803.13
Long list of small donations, $50 to $100 range.
Conservation Colorado Grassroots Action Fund - $1,000
Steve Sherick (ran for the Democratic nomination for SD 31 in 2015) - $1,000
$500 reported from "Smoky Hill High School."
According to Murillo, the donation came from a group of students, will be corrected on future report.
PK Kaiser (perennial candidate) - $250
Blue Flower Fund - $250
Congressman Jared Polis ( CD 2; candidate for Dem. nom. for governor) - $250
State Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran - $200
Rebecca McClellan (State Board of Education Director) - $200
Kristin Mallory Westerberg (Aurora Residents for Transparency) - $125
Debi Hunter-Holen - $115
State Rep. Mike Weissman - $108
Strengthening Democracy Colorado - $100
Jennifer Bacon (DPS candidate) - $100
Bill Holen (Arapahoe County Commissioner) - $100
Angela Cobian (current DPS candidate) - $100
Jason Legg (Strengthening Democracy Colorado) - $100
David Aarestad (Dem. primary candidate for CD 6) - $65
Rita Simas (Treasurer, Colorado Democratic Party) - $65
Morgan Carroll (Chair, Colorado Democratic Party) - $50
State Sen. Rhonda Fields - $50
Su Ryden (Former State Rep.) - $50
State Rep. Janet Buckner - $50
Debbie Stafford (Former State Rep.) - $50
Rosemary Rodriguez (current DPS board member) - $50
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer (lawyer; candidate for Dem nom in SD 34) - $50
Miguel Lovato (current APS candidate) - $50
Gotta Have Faith Leadership PAC (State Rep. Faith Winters' organization) - $35
Michael Himawan (Aurora Residents for Transparency) - $35
Levi Tillemann (Dem. primary candidate for CD 6) - $30
Allison Hiltz (Aurora At-Large City Council candidate) - $25
Lori Beth Goldstein (Chair, Adams County Dems) - $25
Nicole Johnston (Aurora Ward 2 City Council candidate) - $25
State Se. Dominick Moreno - $25
State Rep. Paul Rosenthal - $20
 
Ward 2 Bob Hagedorn Democrat $25,430.72 $23,431.57 $1,999.15 $5,800
(from Aurora for a Stronger Economy, an Oil & Gas special interest group)
Aurora Highlands (Real Estate) - $2,500
CGF Management INC (really Carlo Ferreira, with Aurora Highlands; Aurora Application, which matches address given) - $2,500
Metro Housing Coalition Political Committee - $2,500
Futurevision Ltd (appears to be a marijuana dispensary) - $2,000
Sheldon & Associates (Developer/Investor/Attorneys) - $1,000
Grand Peaks Properties Inc (Manage, acquire, and develop properties) - $1,000
Marathon Land Company (Land development consulting services) - $1,000
Watkins Road Associates (Land Developers; copy of plan) - $1,000
ACP 1287 DIA Investors (some paperwork with the City of Aurora) - $500
Robert Dorshimer (CEO of Mile High Behavioral Healthcare) - $250
Pachner Co. (Government Affairs, Consulting, Zoning, etc) - $250
Stratton & Associates (Real Estate Developer) - $250
American Family Insurance - $200
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora Council Member) - $50
State Sen. Rhonda Fields - $50
Ward 2 Nicole Johnston Democrat $22,702.44 $20,519.29 $2,183.15 In-kind contributions: $8,140.65
Most donations were $100 or less
Aurora Highlands (Real Estate; news article) - $1,000
Watkins Road Associates (Land Developers; copy of plan) - $1,000
Marathon Land Company (Land development consulting services) - $1,000
Conservation CO Grassroots Action Fund - $1,000
Spencer Ross (worked on Obama's campaign; LinkedIn Page) - $1,000
Aurora Firefighters, Local 1290 - $1,000
Blue Flower Fund - $250
Pachner Co. (Government Affairs, Consulting, Zoning, etc) - $250
Kristin Mallory Westerberg (Aurora Residents for Transparency) - $170.79
Karen Middleton (Former State Rep. and current Exec Dir at NARAL) - $150
Debbie Gerkin (APS candidate) - $100
Wolf Consulting - $100
Murphy Creek Gun Club Neighbors (Website) - $100
Molly Markert (former Aurora City Council member) - $100
Jennifer Bacon (DPS candidate) - $96.80
Jason Legg (Strengthening Democracy Colorado) - $69.12
Rita Simas (Treasurer, Colorado Democratic Party) - $65
State Rep. Mike Foote - $50
Debi Hunter-Holen - $50
David Aarestad (Dem. primary candidate for CD 6) - $50
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora Council Member) - $50
Friends of PK (Kaiser) - $50
Jason Crow (candidate for Dem. nom in CD 6) - $48.25
Su Ryden (Former State Rep.) - $48
Strengthening Democracy Colorado - $23.97
Kyla Armstrong-Romero (APS candidate) - $20
Crystal Murillo (Aurora City Council Ward 1 candidate) - $20
Nicole Johnston (self) - $10
Ward 2 Ruben L. Medina
Has not filed 11/3 report
Democrat $525 $450 $75 4 individual donors
Biggest donation ($300) from an individual in VA.
Ward 2 Robert O'Riley Unaffiliated $600 $549.12 $50.88 Only 2 donors
Aurora Police Association - $500
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora Council Member) - $50
Ward 2 Jeff Wilson Libertarian $344.86 $344.86 $0 In-kind contributions: $250.00 for production of campaign materials
Mostly self-funded: $275.74 from Jeff Wilson
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora Council Member) - $50
 
Ward 3 Marsha Berzins Republican $46,547.22 $45,164.64 $38,153.75
(Previous CoH: $36,771.17)
$3,514.27
(from Aurora for a Stronger Economy, an Oil & Gas special interest group)
In-Kind Contributions - $757.00
Renaissance Inc. (cannot identify. Address given does not exist. Contacted campaign for correction) - $5,000
Woodbury Group (Corp.) (Real Estate Developers) - $2,700
Metro Housing Coalition Political Committee - $2,500
Richard Frank (Owner, Centre Communities Ltd - Land Developers; Board Member of Serenity Ridge Metropolitan District No. 1; investor in controversial Serenity Ridge assembly hall) - $1,500
Comcast - $1,500
sisha Corp (Cannot find info, but address given in report is a Conoco) - $1,500
Richard Frank (Owner, Centre Communities Ltd - Land Developers; Board Member of Serenity Ridge Metropolitan District No. 1; investor in controversial Serenity Ridge assembly hall) - $1,000
Sheldon & Associates (Developer/Investor/Attorneys) - $1,000
Oakwood Homes (Real Estate Development; CEO is Pat Hamill) - $1,000
Watkins Road Associates (Land Developers; copy of plan) - $1,000
Grand Peaks Properties Inc (Manage, acquire, and develop properties) - $1,000
SIA Loft (Hotel) - $1,000
Residence Inn-DIA (Hotel) - $1,000
Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 68 (union) - $1,000
WC-1LLC (address search goes here to a property developer in CA) - $1,000
Robert Evans (President, American West Development, which also owns Oakwood Homes} - $1,000
Colorado Gaming Association (Gambling and Casinos) - $1,000
CGF Management INC (really Carlo Ferreira, with Aurora Highlands; Aurora Application, which matches address given) - $1,000
Forest City Stapleton II LLC (Real Estate) - $1,000
Aurora Firefighters, Local 1290 - $1,000
Norris Design (Property Developers) - $500
CVL Consultants of Colorado (Civil Engineering for Oil & Gas) - $500
Aurora Police Association - $500
Robert Dorshimer (CEO of Mile High Behavioral Healthcare) - $500
Patrick Hamill (Real Estate Developer; donates to reform candidates; member of Colorado Concern, which lists education reform as a value) - $500
Apartment Association of Metro Denver - $500
J. Dixon (John Scott Dixon or Scott Dixon; Chief Accounting Officer at Century Communities, a Real Estate Firm traded publicly on NYSE) - $500
Pachner Co. (Government Affairs, Consulting, Zoning, etc) - $500
Beam, Longest & Neff (Infrastructure Engineering) - $500
Waste Management - $500
Sweetwater Partners (Venture Capital/Private Equity) - $500
Congressman Mike Coffman - $250
Workman & Associates (Real Estate Broker) - $250
Falck Rocky Mountain Corp (Private Ambulance; Dutch-owned) - $250
Susan R. Sandstrom (Current Arapahoe County Treasurer) - $100
Marianne Farrell (Real Estate Agent at Berkshire Hathaway) - $100
Francoise Bergan (Current Aurora City Council member) - $60
Tim Huffman (current Aurora At-Large candidate) - $50
Renie Peterson (outgoing Ward 2 Aurora City Council member) - $50
Barbara Cleland (outgoing Ward 2 Aurora City Council member) - $50
Ward 3 Debbie Hunter-Holen Democrat $24,516 $25,277.76 $1,550.82
(Previous CoH: $2,312.58)
In kind contributions: $1,519.56
Suss Buick GMC - $1,500
Aurora Highlands (Real Estate) - $1,000
CGF Management INC (really Carlo Ferreira, with Aurora Highlands; Aurora Application, which matches address given) - $1,000
Bill Holen (Arapahoe County Commissioner; spouse) - $600 (plus $2,000 loan)
Richard Frank (Owner, Centre Communities Ltd - Land Developers; Board Member of Serenity Ridge Metropolitan District No. 1; investor in controversial Serenity Ridge assembly hall) - $500
Tynan's Volkwagon Inc - $500
Debi Hunter-Holen (self) - $300
Michael Stratton(of Stratton & Associates, Real Estate Developers) - $250
Capitol Steps Consulting, LLC (Political Consultants) - $250
Congressman Ed Perlmutter - $200
Michael Feeley (former State Senator; attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a high-powered law/lobbying firm) - $200
Rebecca McClellan (State Board of Education Director) - $200
Blue Flower Fund - $150
Karen Middleton (Former State Rep. and current Exec Dir at NARAL) - $100
PK Kaiser (perennial candidate) - $100
Steven O'Doriso (Adams County Commissioner) - $100
Charles "CJ" Whelan (Centennial Mayor candidate) - $75
Rita Simas (Treasurer, Colorado Democratic Party) - $65
Su Ryden (Former State Rep.) - $50
Eva Henry (Adams County Commissioner) - $50
David Aarestad (Dem. primary candidate for CD 6) - $50
Jason Crow (Dem. primary candidate for CD 6) - $50
Tom Tobiassen (Current Aurora City Council At-Large candidate) - $50
Miguel Lovato (current APS candidate) - $50
State Rep. Dominique Jackson - $50
Nicole Johnston (Aurora Ward 2 candidate) - $45
State Rep. Mike Weissman - $36
Jane Barner (current APS candidate) - $25
State Rep. Janet Buckner - $25
Abel Laeke (Aurora City Council At-Large candidate) - $25
Jane Barber (current APS candidate) - $25
Debra Gerkin (2017 APS candidate) - $25
Former State Rep. Jenise May - $25
Crystal Murillo (Aurora Ward 1 candidate) - $20
Ward 3 Martha Lugo
(First filed as At-Large)
Democrat $6,232.00 $2,990.43 $3,241.57 Total In-Kind Contributions - $23.27
Price Family (A Robert Brooks Price matches the address; Bloomberg Listing;CEO of Highlands Natural Resources) - $800
Hardcore Democrats (Website) - $500
Alison Coombs (social worker; member Aurora Residents for Transparency) - $300
Jason Legg (Strengthening Democracy Colorado) - $200
Levi for Colorado (Levi Tillemann; candidate for Dem. nom in CD 6) - $100
PK Kaiser (perennial candidate) - $50
Kristin Mallory Westerberg (Aurora Residents for Transparency) - $50
Arturo Jimenez (former DPS board member) - $50
Jeannette Rodriguez (Co-Chairwoman of Aurora's Immigrant and Refugee Commission; - $20
Nicole Johnston (2017 Aurora City Council Ward 2 candidate) - $20
Ward 3 Naquetta Ricks
Has not filed 11/3 report
Democrat $9,746.00 $6,379.00 $3,367 Naquetta Ricks (self) - $1,600
Donors Include: Mile Hi Cab, AT&T, Rhonda Fields for Colorado Leadership Fund, Janet Buckner, Reid Hettich, and Beth McCann.
Ward 3 Robert Hargrove Republican $110 $110 $0 Robert Hargrove (self) - $110
 
At-Large Brian Arnold Republican $7,573.00 $7,569.81 $3.19 Arthur Nelson - $3,200
Brian Arnold (self - $1,500
Michelle Leppert (Doctor of Neurology) - $1,063
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora City Council member) - $50
Debbie Stafford (Former State Rep.) - $50
At-Large Dave Gruber Republican $19,152.95 $4,405.94 $14,747.01 $41,749.26
(from Aurora for a Stronger Economy, an Oil & Gas special interest group)
In-Kind Contributions - $700
Dave Gruber (self) - $12,377.95
Paul Suss (Buick & GMC car dealer)- $500
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora City Council member) - $200
Francoise Bergan (Current Aurora City Council member) - $100
At-Large Allison Hiltz Democrat $26,423.86 $26,075.35 $348.51 In-Kind Contributions - $633.37
Jack Hiltz (spouse) - $2,435
Richard Lamm (Former Colorado Governor) - $623
Steve Sherick (ran for the Democratic nomination for SD 31 in 2015) - $500
Allison (self) - $300
Jason Legg (Strengthening Democray Colorado) - $180
Alison Coombs (social worker; member Aurora Residents for Transparency) - $110
Bill Holen (Adams County Commissioner) - $100
Levi for Colorado (Levi Tillemann; candidate for Dem. nom in CD 6) - $100
Rita Simas (Treasurer, Colorado Democratic Party) - $65
Kristin Mallory Westerberg (Aurora Residents for Transparency) - $60
Crystal Murillo (Aurora Ward 1 candidate) - $50
State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet - $35
Jenny Willford (Northglenn City Council candidate) - $25
Nicole Johnston (Aurora Ward 2 candidate) - $25
Naquetta Ricks (Aurora Ward 3 candidate) - $25
Patricia Noonan (Former Arapahoe County Commissioner) - $25
Emma Pinter (Westminster City Council member) - $20
At-Large Reid Hettich Unaffiliated $12,191.75 $7,687.07 $4,504.68 Just 12 households
Harlin and Ardella Hettich - $3,000
Christine Jones Morocco (Artist Award is named after her) - $1,000
Jeannette Rodriguez (Co-Chairwoman of Aurora's Immigrant and Refugee Commission; - $1,000
Bill Holen (Arapahoe County Commissioner) - $100
At-Large Timothy Huffman Unaffiliated $34,962.52 $33,593.33 $1,369.19 $40,249.26
(from Aurora for a Stronger Economy, an Oil & Gas special interest group)
In-Kind Contributions - $2,265
Tim Huffman (self) - $11,150.30
M & M Auto Reconditioning Inc. (auto body repair) - $2,500
Watkins Road Associates (Land Developers; copy of plan) - $1,000
CGF Management INC (really Carlo Ferreira, with Aurora Highlands; Aurora Application, which matches address given) - $1,000
ACM High Point VI, LLC. (Acquired land in Aurora for $25M in July 2017) - $1,000
Aurora Highlands (Real Estate) - $1,000
Bruno, Colin & Lowe PC (Law firm that concentrates on representing public officials) - $1,000
Marathon Land Company (Land development consulting services) - $1,000
Pat Hamill (Real Estate Developer; donates to reform candidates; member of Colorado Concern, which lists education reform as a value) - $1,000
Richard Frank (Owner, Centre Communities Ltd - Land Developers; Board Member of Serenity Ridge Metropolitan District No. 1; investor in controversial Serenity Ridge assembly hall) - $1,000
Elizabeth L. Cooper (address matched Cooper Development) - $500
Aurora Police Association - $500
JM Auto Service & Collision Center inc - $500
Apartment Association of Metro Denver - $500
John's Towing Service Inc - $500
Marc Cooper (President, Cooper Development Inc, a land investments and development firm; LinkedIn) - $500
Pachner Co. (Government Affairs, Consulting, Zoning, etc) - $350
Black Jack PAC (Casinos & Gaming) - $250
Pasternack's Pawn Shop - $250
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora Council Member) - $175
Marsha Berzins (Aurora City Council Member) - $150
Susan R. Sandstrom (Current Arapahoe County Treasurer) - $50
Debbie Stafford (Former State Rep.) - $50
Noonan's Sports Bar and Grill - $50
Barbara Cleleand (outgoing Aurora City Council At-Large member) - $50
At-Large Abel Gebre Laeke Democrat $4,440 $4,342.08 $97.92 Total In-Kind Contributions - $23.27
Mostly small contributions ($10-$50) from individuals
Gaim Tedia - $2,000
At-Large Tom Tobiassen Democrat $41,872.40 $40,193.92 $1,678.48 In-Kind Contributions: $378.27
Tom and Carol Tobiassen (self) - $13,000 (loan)
Tom and Carol Tobiassen (self) - $2,000
Centre Communities Ltd (Land Developers) - $1,000
CGF Management INC (really Carlo Ferreira, with Aurora Highlands; Aurora Application, which matches address given) - $1,000
Aurora Fire Fighters Protective Association - $1,000
Aurora Highlands (Real Estate; news article) - $1,000
CVL Consultants of Colorado (Civil Engineering for Oil & Gas) - $500
Oakwood Homes (Real Estate Development; CEO is Pat Hamill) - $500
ACP 1287 DIA Investors (some paperwork with the City of Aurora) - $500
SUS Buick GMC - $500
CRL Associates (where "Since 1981 CRL Associates has influenced government decision-making.") - $500
Comcast Financial Agency Corporation - $500
Hampe, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C. specializes in water rights and eminent domain) - $500
Amalgamated Transit Union #1001 - $500
5280 Strategies LLC (Lobbying) - $250
Brad Pierce (Current Aurora Council Member) - $250
Bison Oil & Gas LLC (Oil & Gas) - $250
David J. Erb & Co (Transit-Oriented Real Estate) - $250
David J. Cole & Associates Inc. (Government affairs and community relations firm) - $250
Majestic Realty Co. (Developer of master-planned business parks) - $250
Falck Rocky Mountain Corp (Private Ambulance; Dutch-owned) - $250
Brad Pierce (Current Aurora City Council member) - $250
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora Council Member) - $200
Bill Holen (Arapahoe County Commissioner) - $100
Bob Broom (former Aurora City Council member) - $100
PK Kaiser (perennial candidate) - $50
At-Large Russell Wagner Unaffiliated $36,390 $35,238.11 $1,151.89 In-Kind Donations - $1,451.52
Mostly $500 and $1,000 donations
Metro Housing Coalition Political Committee - $5,000
Russell Wagner (self) - ($1,100 loan)
Christine Beall - $1,100
The Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce - $1,000
Patrick Hamill (Real Estate Developer; donates to reform candidates; member of Colorado Concern, which lists education reform as a value) - $1,000
Richard Frank (Owner, Centre Communities Ltd - Land Developers; Board Member of Serenity Ridge Metropolitan District No. 1; investor in controversial Serenity Ridge assembly hall) - $1,000
Jenny Wagner - $1,000 (loan)
Metro Pavers Inc (Asphalt and Concrete) - $1,000
Colorado Milling (has same PO Box as Metro Pavers) - $1,000
Frank Dutton (has same PO Box as Colorado Milling) - $1,000
Mikey Sasina (Registered Agent of https://metropaversinc.com/Metro Pavers Inc], an asphalt and concrete company) - $1,000
Marathon Land Company (Land development consulting services) - $1,000
Iron Woman Construction & Environmental Services, LLC - $1,000
David Davia for CO Assoc. of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors - $1,000
HIG Inc (address is registered to Chad Hines, a real estate broker who covers Aurora) - $500
Lightshade (a marijuana dispensary LLC) - $500
Pipefitters Local 208, Committee on Political Activity - $500
The Wharton Group Inc (worked on Colorado Convention Center, DIA, Coors Field and Invesco Field at Mile High) - $500
CVL Consultants of Colorado (Civil Engineering for Oil & Gas) - $500
Bison Oil & Gas LLC (Oil & Gas) - $500
Westside Property Investment Co. (Real Estate) - $500
DIA 1287 Holdings LLC (Real Estate; sold land to Walmart) - $500
Pitmat USA (sells flooring for racecar pits) - $500
Comcast Financial Agency Corporation - $500
Marc Cooper (President, Cooper Development Inc, a land investments and development firm; LinkedIn) - $500
Michael K. Cooper Trust (uses the same address as Cooper Development Inc.) - $500
Aurora Police Association - $500
CRL Associates (where "Since 1981 CRL Associates has influenced government decision-making.") - $500
Sweetwater Partners (Venture Capital/Private Equity) - $400
LAI Design Group (Real Estate Development Consultants) - $250
(Chad Hines (Real Estate Broker) - $250
Majestic Realty Co. (Developer of master-planned business parks) - $250
Pachner Co. (Government Affairs, Consulting, Zoning, etc) - $250
Falck Rocky Mountain Corp (Private Ambulance; Dutch-owned) - $250
Brad Pierce (Current Aurora City Council member) - $100
Bob Roth (Current Aurora City Council member) - $100
Bob LeGare (Current Aurora Council Member) - $50


Special Interest Spending

Aurora for a Stronger Economy (spelled as "Econompy" in filings) has as it's registered agent Katie Kennedy, who has used email addresses in others of her numerous IEC filings from Stand for Children (an education reform advocacy group) and Strategic Compliance LLC, yet gives a mailing address that matches BluePrint Strategies, a group that represents the interests of the Oil & Gas industry (Source, as it is happening in Greeley as well).

The group received $100,000 total, all on the same day but divided into 5 separate $20,000 payments, from Vital for Colorado, an organization consisting of Oil & Gas industry groups, connected individuals, and companies. Vital for Colorado was their one and only donor.

A total of $95,661.78 was spent on digital advertising, robocalls, phonebanking, mailers, and tv ads (for At-Large candidates Tim Huffman and Dave Gruber).

All candidates supported:

  • Sally Mounier - Ward I incumbent; Republican
  • Bob Hagedorn - Ward II candidate; Democrat
  • Marsha Berzins - Ward III incumbent; Republican
  • Dave Gruber - At-Large candidate; Republican
  • Tim Huffman - At-Large candidate; Unaffiliated


Partisan Electioneering

Email from Arapahoe County GOP Although Municipal elections are thought to be non-partisan races, Arapahoe County GOP is actively endorsing candidates.

2017 Ballot Measures

On Ballot

Ballot Question 2K - Pay Raises

"Shall Section 36 of the Aurora City Charter be amended from the November 1993 approval to increase the salaries of councilmembers to $18,500 per year, increase the salary of the mayor to $80,000 per year, and increase the salary of the mayor pro-tem to $20,550 per year, effective January 1, 2018?"

  • Yes
  • No


Arguments For


Arguments Against


Results (Source)

  • Yes - 50.62% (by 539 votes)
  • No - 49.38%


Failed to get on Ballot

"Entertainment District"

No official name was ever given, but it has been known locally as the "Entertainment District" measure, or for the "Racetrack", or noted for it's proposed removal of the provision against elected city officials having the authority to promise public funds to subsidize privately-owned racetracks.

This will be the third such time this measure will be attempted since 1999. The previous measure lost by 1,000 votes in 2015.

It will go to the ballot via a City Council vote, with 7-3 voting for it. Barb Cleland (At-Large), Charlie Richardson (Ward 4), and Marsha Berzins (Ward 3) voted against it, with Richardson claiming the proposed amendment never went to committee.

Sally Mounier (Ward 1) championed both the 2015 and 2017 efforts, calling Richardson "a bully".

The racetrack measure was taken off the ballot by a vote of the council due to proponents saying the didn't have enough time to reach voters. A medical condition was also cited. Mounier promises to revisit this again in 2019 (even though city ballot measures can also occur in even years), effectively making her 2017 re-election campaign a referendum on the proposed racetrack.



The Ballot language is written as follows:

[Awaiting language]



The Charter Amendment language is as follows:

[Awaiting language]


Arguments For

  • Sally Mounier, Councilmember Ward 1: "The plan is to reap the benefits of tourism and new jobs in order to invest in Aurora." (Source)


Arguments Against

  • Charlie Richardson, Councilmember for Ward 4: "...purposefully confusing in order to induce a different outcome than the previous votes." (Source)


Lawsuit

Aurora citizens Jason Legg and Kristin Mallory of Aurora Residents For Transparency filed a lawsuit against the city of Aurora, arguing that the ballot language was misleading and ambiguous.

The petition was ultimately dismissed by 18th District Judge John L. Wheeler (an Owens appointee).