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election 2017

Candidate pool for Arvada City Council election set

Five candidates are vying for the At Large seat


Three seats are up for grabs at Arvada City Council this election season. The most sought after seat is the open At-Large seat currently occupied by Don Allard, who is not seeking reelection.

Allard has served on the Arvada City Council since 1993 first serving District 1 and being elected to his current seat in 2009.

Six candidates filed to run for this seat with one withdrawing before the deadline to file on Aug. 28.

The first to declare his candidacy was John Malito, who filed in January. Malito, 62, is an associate pastor at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada where he has served for 13 years. In 2003, he was elected to the Arvada City Council as a District 4 Councilmember and served for four years.

Dot Miller was the second to start her campaign in February. Miller was Arvada Chamber of Commerce President from 2008 to 2013. Currently she is the owner of The Solution, an Association Management Company that manages operations, administration, marketing and communications and bookkeeping for Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations and even private sector businesses.

Jim Whitfield joined the field in July. He grew up in Arvada attending local neighborhood schools and playing soccer. He played amateur soccer in the 1990s and 2000s and is a local youth coach. Currently, Whitfield is the managing director for a workplace technology company and has been a part owner of the firm since 2006. He has been an elected official on the Apex Parks and Recreation board for the past 11 years.

David A. Palm joined the race for At-Large councilmember in early August. Palm has been an Arvada resident since 1960 and is the co-owner of Hackberry Hill Communications, a small business in Arvada. He describes himself as community activist and ran for the District 2 council seat two years ago on an anti-developer platform.

The final candidate to join the At-Large race was Jordan Hohenstein, who filed on deadline day. Hohenstein is the youngest candidate in this race at 26 years old. His professional experience is in marketing and sales and has been involved in the political scene as a volunteer in the past three presidential elections.

Districts 1 and 3 for Arvada City Council are also up this year. The District 1 seat is currently occupied by Nancy Ford. Ford was elected in 2015. Prior to being on council, Ford served on the Citizens' Capital Improvement Project Committee, Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee and Arvada Sustainability Working Group. Professionally, Ford is a market researcher, adjunct professor, and artist. In 1995, she founded her market research company, Ford Research Group, LLC, and designs studies for small to large businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations.

The District 3 seat is currently held by John Marriott. Marriott was elected as Councilmember in 2013. His involvement in the community includes sitting on the Arvada Gold Line Advisory Committee, the International Property Maintenance Code study group, the Ralston Corridor Study Group, and serving as the past Chairman of the Arvada Board of Adjustment, and the Wheat Ridge Business District. Marriott is an Arvada native and owner of Larson's Ski & Sport in Wheat Ridge.

Ford and Marriott are running for reelection unopposed.


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