In November, Wheat Ridge residents will see a change in leadership under a new mayor, and could see a couple new faces on city council.
In addition to the mayoral race between Joseph DeMott and William Starker, the big race to watch will be for District IV, where four candidates have thrown their hat in the ring.
Starker received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Colorado in Boulder and works as a commercial general building contractor. He has previously served as a member of the Building Code Advisory Council, a member of city council and been its Mayor Pro-Tem. DeMott attended the School of Culinary Arts at the Colorado Institute of Art and is the owner of Pietra’s Pizzeria.
The District IV races features Leah Dozeman, Virginia Ruth Baranowski, Andrew Rasmussen, and Valerie Nosler going head to head over the seat.
Dozeman is a lifelong resident of Wheat Ridge and graduated Cum Laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an Associate degree in Entrepreneurial Studies. She’s served as Secretary and Parade Chair on the Carnation Festival Board and is a member of The Grange and the Wheat Ridge Historical Society. Baranowski volunteered and lead the D.I.R.T. task force to help understand the needs of the city. She also served on the Carnation Festival board. Rasmussen is a journeyman electrician with a Bachelor’s in civil engineering. He serves on the Wheat Ridge environmental sustainable committee. And Nosler worked for congressman Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper. She helped establish the Governor’s Recovery and Resiliency Office after the 2013 floods and fires, and worked at Colorado Department of Human Services in communications. She currently works for the Colorado Lottery, where she works directly with local governments all over the state.
In District II, incumbent Zachary Urban will face Rachel Hultin. Hultin has recently worked with Bicycle Colorado, Walk2Connect and LiveWell Wheat Ridge. She also founded the Wheat Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Team.
The District I and District III candidates, Janeece Hoppe and Tim Fitzgerald, are both incumbents and running unopposed.