election 2017

Urban, Dozeman lead in early returns in Wheat Ridge races

Friends, family and neighbors gather around Valerie Nosler, who is seated fifth person from the left, to give support during Nosler’s watch party Nov. 7 at a private residence in Wheat Ridge.
Friends, family and neighbors gather around Valerie Nosler, who is seated fifth person from the left, to give support during Nosler’s watch party Nov. 7 at a private residence in Wheat Ridge.
Christy Steadman
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Two Wheat Ridge city council seats are up for election.

Following are unofficial results as of 10:40 a.m. Nov. 8 as posted by the Secretary of State's Election Night Reporting website.

District 2
Rachel Hultin: 48.92 percent
Zachary Urban: 51.08 percent

District 2 was closer than most races. Incumbent Zachary Urban leads with 1,086 votes, compared to Rachel Hultin's 1,040.

Urban has been a Wheat Ridge resident for 15 years and is a self-employed management and communications consultant.

He is thankful to the voters for allowing him to serve another four years on city council, Urban said.

"Being on city council is both a job of looking forward and being responsive to the needs of the citizens," Urban said. "We want to make sure we keep the character of Wheat Ridge intact while continuing to plan for smart growth in the future."

Hultin is a fourth generation Coloradan and has lived in Wheat Ridge for six years. She was a Realtor for 18 years, and has recently worked with Bicycle Colorado on community programming and safety initiatives.

This is an exciting point in time for Wheat Ridge, Hultin said.

"There's a lot of residents who are excited about what's happening next, while preserving what makes it great today," she said. 

District 4
Virginia Baranowski: 8.67 percent
Leah Dozeman: 39.75 percent
Valerie Nosler Beck: 29.54 percent
Andrew Rasmussen: 22.04 percent

Leah Dozeman leads the District 4 race with 541 votes. Valerie Nosler Beck follows with 402 votes. Andy Rasmussen comes in with 300 votes and Ruth Baranowski with 118.

A lifelong resident of Wheat Ridge, Dozeman is program director for a martial arts studio. She has served as executive secretary and parade chair for the Carnation Festival.

Nosler is employed as an outreach manager for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. She has held multiple positions in the administration of Gov. John Hickenlooper and served as part of the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado.

Nosler has helped solve major issues on the state level, and wants to find a way to do that in Wheat Ridge, she said. There are homeless people sleeping in tents, and cars speeding down the street in front of my house.

"I think we can do better as a community," Nosler said.

Rasmussen has lived in Wheat Ridge for two years, but has lived in the state for the past 18. He is a licensed electrician and works for Namaste Solar.

Local artist Baranowski has lived in Wheat Ridge for seven years. She served on the city's Drainage, Infrastructure, Roads and Trails (D.I.R.T.) Task Force in 2016.

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Martin G.

Go Leah!!!

Saturday, November 11