Three candidates to vie for Ward 5 Broomfield City Council Seat



Broomfield City Council on Tuesday will appoint one of the three candidates hoping to serve in the vacant Ward 5 council seat.


The person elected will serve beginning Tuesday through Nov. 16. The seat is vacant after then-Mayor Pro Tem and Ward 5 representative Guyleen Castriotta was elected interim mayor on June 22 following former Mayor Pat Quinn’s resignation.


Todd Cohen, who’s also running for the permanent Ward 5 seat this November, was the first to apply for the vacant seat, announcing his intention on June 29.

Software Engineer John Ewalt submitted his application on Monday and David Beacom, who’s retired from the legal department of Xcel Energy, submitted his application on Tuesday, the final day applications would be accepted.


Grayson Hofferber, who announced on May 5 that he’s running for the Ward 5 seat in November’s election, is not running for the interim seat, citing the current council’s “petty politics.” Hofferber said he looks forward to listening to constituents’ needs and concerns as he seeks to earn their votes.

“Our community deserves to have their voices heard and their votes counted to determine their representative rather than seven politicians that seem to have made up their decision on this vacancy in May,” Hofferber wrote in a statement. “The current council has proven time and time again they place petty politics ahead of sound policy decisions.”

He said the council’s 7-1 vote in favor of Castriotta as interim mayor was “predetermined and very predictable.”

“Broomfield voters deserve far better leadership than the politicized favoritism currently on display. I will provide that leadership when I am elected by the people of Ward 5 this November,” his statement concludes.

In Ewalt’s application, he wrote a new subdivision development near his home started his interest in local government.


“This opportunity to serve would push me from being an interested observer to an active participant in my city’s future,” his application reads. “I believe I can bring a diverse perspective to the council, and this diversity of ideas can help better represent all Broomfield residents, but especially those in Ward 5.”


Beacom previously held one of the council’s Ward 5 seats in 2015 after then-Councilman Wayne Anderson resigned. He reran in 2019 but lost to Councilwoman Heidi Henkel.

In his application, Beacom wrote his previous time on council means he can start working immediately as opposed to a learning curve the others may face.


“Having attended the council meeting at which the new mayor was elected, it became clear from comments that experience and an understanding of how the City Council works was extremely important,” his application reads. “Further, that knowledge of how the city and county functions and operates was needed to ensure a smooth transition on to the council would occur.”


Cohen previously said in a statement he decided to run for the interim position for the same reason he chose to run for the seat in the first place.


“I believe I have the experience and fresh perspective to help the council keep Broomfield moving forward,” his statement reads. “When I filed my candidacy, I had no idea the position would become available so soon, but I am willing and able to start serving now and I would be honored to have the council’s support. I hope I can then earn the voters’ support to serve a full term.”


The appointment of the interim councilmember is the last item under council business on Tuesday’s meeting agenda.


To view the three candidate’s applications and Spark Hire video submissions, visit bit.ly/3dVUlI2.


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