Updated: May 1, 2021
Fourteen candidates have filed to run for either mayor or to represent one of Broomfield’s five wards — the highest number of candidates in the last four elections.
Several candidates have said oil and gas development coming into the community helped fuel their decision, while others pointed to economic vitality.
People still interested to run may file as a write-in candidate through Oct. 18.
Their name will not appear on the ballot, but voters may vote for write-in candidates by checking the “write-in” and then filling in the candidate’s name.
2017 Broomfield races
• Mayoral incumbent Randy Ahrens and challenger T.J. Cole are vying for the position.
Ahrens, who was elected as mayor in 2013 and re-elected in 2015, joined council in 2001 after working on the committee for Broomfield to become its own city and county. He is the owner and founder of Frontier Components Corporation since June 1991.
Cole is a Colorado native who grew up in north Denver and has lived in Broomfield for three years. He has a background in law enforcement and the judiciary. He currently acts as a municipal court relief judge. He has been a reserve police officer and has owned his own small business.
• James Holschen is challenging current Ward 1 Councilwoman Elizabeth Law-Evans.
Holschen is a client intelligence analyst at Tiaa-Cref, a New York-based investment company with an office in Broomfield. He grew up in Spokane, Wash., and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Arts in economics, both from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.
Law-Evans, a Broomfield High School graduate and local commercial real estate broker, was elected by Ward 1 in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts in math and geography from the University of Denver, a Masters of Science from University of Utah and her doctorate from Colorado State University in earth resources.
• Current Councilwoman Sharon Tessier is running unopposed for Ward 2. Tessier, who moved to the area in 1997, was elected in 2013. She currently works at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she is a full-time faculty member in the Health Science Department.
• Rick Fernandez and Deven Shaff are both running for the open Ward 3 seat that will be vacated by Sam Taylor.
James Wait filed to run, but later withdrew from the race.
Fernandez, a lifelong resident of Broomfield and former local Republican party chair, graduated the University of Colorado in 1995 with a degree in business administration and computer information systems and moved back to Broomfield.
Shaff, a Broomfield resident since 2007, has a background in education and arts. He graduated with a master’s degree in music from Colorado State University. He now is a stay-at-home dad and would like to create an art district in Broomfield.
• In Ward 4 — the area most affected by proposed oil and gas development — Jason Anderson, Brian Devine, Kimberly Groom and Susan Speece are vying for the open seat left by Mayor Pro Tem Greg Stokes. Stokes was the target of Broomfield’s first-ever recall effort, but that failed.
Anderson lives in Anthem Highlands with his five children and wife, Laurie Anderson, who was involved in the effort to recall Stokes. He moved to Broomfield in 2015 and works at Plexus Corporation, an electrical engineering firm at Louisville.
Devine has lived in Colorado for nearly 20 years and Broomfield the past two. He grew up in New Jersey, has a degree in marketing with a computer science minor and owns Top Line Management Inc., a Broomfield marking company.
Groom, a Broomfield native, spent nearly two decades as an aerospace program manager at Ball Aerospace in Broomfield before becoming a senior project manager at DanoneWave, a new company that was created when Danone bought WhiteWave.
Speece, a member of the Oil and Gas Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, filed to run not only to focus on oil and gas, she said, but other issues facing the community. She has spent a lifetime spent in academia — graduating Purdue University with her undergraduate and master’s degrees, both in biology and chemistry, then from Ball State University with her post doctorate in protein bio chemistry — before going on to hold various titles at multiple universities.
• In Ward 5, which is beginning to hear of oil and gas possibly moving into its backyards, Karl Honegger, Guyleen Castriotta and Grayson Hofferber are running for the open seat left by Martha Derda.
Castriotta, who moved to Broomfield with her now-wife, thinks leadership needs to accurately reflect Broomfield and wants inclusivity on council. Her career led her from a television news affiliate in New Orleans to Las Vegas where, among other things, she worked in marketing and communications for Cirque du Soleil.
Honegger, who moved to Broomfield with his wife and four children, believes his background in accounting and his past civic involvement provide a solid background to run for city government. He works for Whiting Petroleum Corporation, a Denver-based company, in its accounting department.
Grayson is president of Millennial Wealth Management LLC, a financial planning and investment management firm. He is a member of Helping Young Professionals Evolve, or HYPE, a group that works with the chamber to engage young professionals.
Austin Tuttle filed to run, but later withdrew from the race.