Lone Tree prepares for city council elections

Mail ballot election for two council seats to be held May 3

Jessica Gibbs
jgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/23/22

The City of Lone Tree is gearing up to select two councilmembers to represent both city districts. The city's regular biennial mail ballot election will be May 3. The seats held by District 1 …

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Lone Tree prepares for city council elections

Mail ballot election for two council seats to be held May 3

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The City of Lone Tree is gearing up to select two councilmembers to represent both city districts. The city's regular biennial mail ballot election will be May 3.

The seats held by District 1 Councilmember Jay Carpenter and District 2 Councilmember Mike Anderson are up this year. Both councilmembers are eligible for reelection. Councilmembers can serve up to two consecutive four-year terms. They represent one of two districts while the mayor serves at-large.

District 1 comprises portions of western and southwestern Lone Tree, and District 2 comprises northern, eastern and southeastern portions of the city.

Candidate orientation for people interested in running is Jan. 31. A city spokesman said no one had filed candidate affidavits as of press time and the city would likely begin receiving filings after the orientation.

Staff recommended a mail-in election because they generally result in higher turnout, according to staff memos. The city charter establishes that elections be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May. The 2022 budget includes $25,000 for election costs.

The cost for 2014 elections run at polling places was $19,022. The city received 832 votes that year, or about 11.64% voter turnout, according to staff presentations. The 2018 mail ballot election cost $15,607 and saw 15.9% voter turnout. The 2021 coordinated election cost the city nearly $12,952 and generated 45% voter turnout.

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