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New leadership elected to Apex, Arvada Fire boards

The polling place election was held May 8


Based on the initial vote totals from the May 8 election, Liz Tomsula, Stephanie Allen and Ken Harrell have been elected to the Apex Parks and Recreation District Board of Directors.

The three received the most votes in a field of nine candidates — Tomsula with 406, Allen with 406, and Harrell with 337.

Tomsula and Allen will be new to the Apex board.

Tomsula, an Arvada native and has worked as the director of operations for Real EDGE Soccer Club since 2011.

“I very much so look forward to being elected to the Apex Board of Directors and continuing to work to build a strong district for everyone,” Tomsula wrote on her candidate Facebook page following the election results. “Your support was overwhelming and I look forward to the job ahead of me.”

Allen is a former Apex employee and holds 20 years of parks and recreation experience.

Harrell has served eight years as an Apex director.

Official results will be announced May 17, due to requirements of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, which mandates a later deadline to receive absentee ballots from uniformed and overseas citizens eligible to vote in the Board election. After the official results have been certified on May 17, candidates will be notified if a recount is required.

The three newly elected board members will be sworn in at the regular Board meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada.

The two other board members, Vicki Pyne and Vice President Jeff Glenn, were elected in 2016 and have terms ending in May 2020.

Arvada Fire Protection election

The Arvada Fire Protection District also held election May 8 for three board seats. After initial voting results, Jim Whitfield, Jeffrey Van Es and Bob Loveridge earned spots on Board of Directors.

Loveridge, an Arvada native and current board president, will continue to serve alongside Van Es, the board’s current vice president. Van Es also served eight years as a volunteer firefighter for Arvada.

Whitfield, who is terming out as the current president of the Apex Parks and Recreation District Board, will join the Fire board for the four year term.

“I am honored to have received the support of our community and looking forward to the serving the next four years,” Whitfield said.

Results in this election will be official once the canvassing board meets May 18.


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