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Lakewood Demographics

Population Median Age Median Household Income Registered Voters Presidential Results (Jefferson County) Religion (Jefferson County) Poverty Cost of Living Index Median House Value Median Rent Race Age Education Foreign Born Marital Status Unemployment Air Quality Index

(Female: 50.2%)
(Male: 49.8%)
37.7 years

(+1.3 years to CO)

(+$2,161 to CO)
2016: Clinton 49%
Trump: 42%

2012: Obama 51%
Romney: 47%

2008: Obama 54%
McCain: 45%

2004: Kerry 47%
Bush: 52%
None: 64.3%
Catholic: 15%
Evangelical Protestant: 12.9%
Mainline Protestant: 4.2%
Other: 3.4%
Orthodox: 0.2%

Native American: 42%
Black: 20.7%
Other Race: 16.9%
White Alone: 8.9%
Hispanic / Latino: 8%
Two or More Races: 7.4%
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander: 1.2%

(+10.2 to US)

(+$65,000 to CO)
$1,155 White, alone: 69.8%
Hispanic: 22%
Asian, alone: 3.8%
Two or More Races: 2.6%
Black: 0.9%
Other Race: 0.5%
Native American: 0.3%
Older Adult 40-64: 33.5%
Younger Adult 22-39: 26.4%
Children 0-17: 20.1%
Senior 65+: 15%
College 18-21: 5.02%
High School: 24.3%
Some College: 23.2%
Bachelor's: 23.2%
Master's: 9.1%
Associate's: 8.2%
Some High School: 6.1%
Less than High School: 2.1%
Professional: 1.8%
Doctorate: 1.2%
None: 0.7%

(-1.2% to CO)
Now married: 45.2%
Never married: 33%
Divorced: 15.1%
Widowed: 4.7%
Separated: 2%

(+0% to CO)

(+32 to US)

Lakewood City Council

  • (4 year terms; limited to 2 consecutive)
  • Everyone, regardless of affiliation, has special interests
Title Name Party Next Election
Contact 2019 Margin 2017 Margin 2015 Margin 2013 Margin 2011 Margin
Mayor Adam Paul Unaffiliated 2019 303.987.7040
1.18% (50.59%)
Ramey Johnson 49.5%
X 64.7% (82.3%)
(Bob Murphy)
Linda Lou Delay 17.6%
Ward 1 Ramey Johnson Republican 2017 303.232.1567
X UNOPPOSED 33.9% (66.7%) 1
Briana Peterson 33%
1 Special Election

(Vicky Slack)
Ward 1 Charley Able Unaffiliated
Selected Record from his website
Called "Reformer" by local blog
2019 303.233.7275
3.15% (41.79%)
Jeff Yeager 38.64% 1
Ty Hull (Una) 29.57%
1 Called "establishment" by blog
X 25.3% (62.6%)
Karen Kellen
Cathy Kentner 37.3
Ward 2 Scott Koop Republican 2017 303.232.7275
X UNOPPOSED X 32.6% (68.1%)
Frank Teunissen 31.9
Ward 2 Sharon Vincent Democrat 2019 303.987.7040
6.3% (45.7%)
Richard Dick Bryant 39.27
Steven T. Ly 14.83
(Cindy Baroway)
1 Endorsed various Democrats
Ward 3 Shakti Democrat 2017 303.987.7740
X 6.3% (53.1%)
Dan Smith 46.8%
(Sue King)
Ward 3 Pedro (Pete) Roybal Unaffiliated
Called "Reformer" by local blog
2019 303.432.7554
18.3% (59.1%)
Gary Harty 40.8%
X X 7.9% (41.8%)
Carolyn Evans 33.9%
Mark Barrington 24.1%
Ward 4 Dave Weichman Republican 2017 303.986.4818
X 8.1% (54.%)
Betty Boyd 45.9%
X 3.7% (51.8%)
Amy Attwood 48.1% 1
1 Source
Ward 4 Barb Franks Unaffiliated
Called "Reformer" by local blog
2019 303.515.6501
18.1% (59%)
Michael C Coughlin 40.9
(Adam Paul 1)
1 Endorsed by both GOP and Dem for Mayor
Ward 5 Karen Harrison Republican
JeffCO GOP ID's her as GOP
2017 303.987.7767
X 32.5% (66.2%)
Michael "Gunner" Gunstanson 33.7% 1,2
1 Blog post appears made by Gunner
2 Allegedly highlights Anschutz connection
X 4.3% (52.1%)
(Diana M. Allen)
Natalie Menten 47.8 1
1 Source
Ward 5 Dana Gutwein Democrat 2019 303.987.7040
1.3% (50.6%)
Jessica Skimel 49.3
(Tom Quinn)
1 Endorsed Various Democrats

2011 Pete Roybal / Dave Wiechman Scandal: ", "Wiechmann loaned Roybal $2,000 against state rules. Roybal fined $1,575.

Local Special Interest Groups

General Special Interests

Leadership Program of the Rockies

The Leadership Program of the Rockies is a conservative public policy, educational training program located in Denver. Ballotopedia

Lakewood City Council Election 2017

Lakewood will elect a city council rep from each of the 5 wards on Nov 7, 2017.

Find your ward: Ward Map

City Candidate Page

Check the non-partisan candidate forums sponsored by the Jefferson County League of Women Voters here


Ward Name Party comment Contact
Ward 1 Ramey Johnson (i) Republican Supported moratorium on growth.
Voted against city funding for the Jeffco Action Center, Outdoor Lab Foundation, Family Tree, and others. link
Has a history of speaking at Lakewood Tea Party Meetings link
"Reformer" according to Lakewood Pols, a local site with a strong right-wing bias, written by an anonymous party
Ward 1 Kyra Elise deGruy Democrat Endorsed by Support Jeffco Kids
Endorsed by Denver Area Labor Federation
Colorado BlueFlower Fund
Working Families Party
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate
 Ward 2 incumbent, Scott Koop (R) is term-limited and cannot run.
Ward 2 Jacob Bruce LaBure Democrat Endorsements - See link for full list
Casey Tighe, Jefferson County Commissioner
Senator Andy Kerr, Colo State Senator, representing Ward 2
Rep. Brittany Pettersen, Colo State Rep., representing Ward 2
Endorsed by Denver Area Labor Federation
Working Families Party
Endorsed by Support Jeffco Kids
Ward 2 Charles Kenneth Davis Unaffiliated Endorsed by Support Jeffco Kids
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate
 Ward 3 incumbent, Shakti (D) is running for Colorado House Dist 28 and not running for city council.
Ward 3 Michael Bieda Republican Former State District Court Judge Fired by electorate Link
Scathing Judicial Performance Review and 'Do Not Retain' Recommendation link
Ward 3 Michael Gifford Republican Endorsed by Current Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul, Lakewood Ward 3 Councilperson Shakti, Former Lakewood Mayor Steve Burkholder (1999-2007) [1]
Arvada Press
Facebook email
 Ward 4 incumbent, David Wiechman (R) is term-limited and cannot run.
Ward 4 William Furman Democrat Architect who has a career in resolving conflicting interests.
Wants to work with the best developers to do their best work for Lakewood.
Endorsed by Support Jeffco Kids
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Reproductive Rights, Health and Education Candidate
Ward 4 David Skilling Unaffiliated Attorney whose slogan is 'Fighting for you' email
Ward 4 LaDawn Sperling Republican Realtor who specializes in selling homes to families
Active volunteer for Action Center, Spay Today
Ward 5 Karen Harrison (i) Unaffiliated Endorsements
Diana M. Wilson - Past Lakewood City Coucilor
Anne & Steve Burkholder, Former Mayor(1999-2007)
Ray Seidel, Four Seasons Automotive
Shakti, City Councilwoman
Sue King - Ward 3, Former Lakewood City Councilwoman
Lakewood Sentinel Interview
Ward 5 Nancy Pallozzi Republican Lakewood Sentinel Interview email

(i) = incumbent

Former Candidates

Ward Name Party comment Contact
Ward 1 Jeslin Shahrezaei Democrat No longer on City of Lakewood candidate sheet 8/31/17 email
Ward 2 Trish Merkel No longer on City of Lakewood candidate sheet 8/31/17
Colorado BlueFlower Fund
Ward 3 Lisa Watkins Democrat Withdrew (DemEnter) email
Ward 4 Jon Ludwigson Unaffiliated Withdrew email

Campaign Finance

Submitted Campaign Reports [2]

Ballot Measures

A planned measure to limit housing growth was kept off ballot over missing “oath”. The Lakewood Clerk rendered a decision that the "oath" was valid but the original challenger to the ballot measure has filed suit, thus keeping the measure off the ballot for the 2017 election. DP Article

Although delayed, this issue is very likely to come up for a vote in a special election in the near future.

Strategic Growth Initiative

This issue will not be on the 2017 ballot, but is creating controversy within the City; with most of the elected officials and candidates coming down on one side or the other. Pro's (outlined by Cathy Kentner, one of the intitatives proponents) and Con's (outlined by current Mayor, Adam Paul) are presented :

Opinion In Favor
Opinion Opposed
Candidate Interviews Re: Growth