City Council Election Forum – The Public Is Invited

City Council Election Forum – The Public Is Invited
by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

“Know before you vote!” reads the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s invitation to sit in on their 3rd Friday breakfast. This may be the only opportunity voters will have to see all the Arvada City Council candidates sitting at one venue and faced with the same questions about their qualifications and positions on issues.*


Every open Council seat is being contested, and, unless you live in Council District 3, you will see at least seven candidates on your ballot when they are mailed out next month. Even in District 3 voters will have to deal with a list of five candidates to choose from. That’s a lot of candidates to learn about before a local election, and the Chamber’s forum may be the best way to do that.

To attend the Chamber forum, you must register in advance. The fee for the breakfast is $15. You can easily do that online by going to this CoC link:

If you find computers and online registration a bit intimidating, you may also register by calling the Chamber at 303-424-0313 where they will take your registration information over the phone. In the past you could have also dropped by the Chamber’s offices at the Visitors Center on Grandview in Olde Town. But not this time, the building is being renovated and it will be closed until September 21st.

McIlvoy House (L) & Chamber of Commerce House (R) on Grandview Avenue

McIlvoy House (L) & CoC Visitors Center (R) on Grandview Avenue

What if you think members of the public shouldn’t have to pay $15 to listen in on a forum that will include sitting Council members? Chamber of Commerce President Kami Welsh agrees with you. The Chamber will be waiving the breakfast fee for anyone who doesn’t want to join the group in having breakfast, but still wants to hear the candidates speak.

But you still have to register to be admitted. To do that, go to the registration link above and fill out the registration form. When you come to the part about how you’d like to pay, just click on the

O No Breakfast for Me – This One is Free

option. Personally, I’ll be paying for the breakfast to thank the Chamber for setting this discussion up and to help them pay for the hall rental.

*It looks like the West Woods Ranch HOA (home-owners association) will be hosting its own candidate forum on October 6th, but it is not expected to include candidates running in Council Districts 1 and 2. More to the point, the venue is tiny and the HOA is asking that only its members attend.

And there was some discussion that the American Legion may decide to host a candidate forum for its members at its 1st Friday meeting on October 2nd. But the local Commander of the Post recently told me that the Legion has no plans to do that.

However, the public is indeed invited to a gathering being held by State Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp on Saturday, October 17th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Standley Lake library. But don’t expect any kind of a formal debate. Representative Kraft-Tharp says the gathering will be “an informal candidate forum where people can chat 1-1 with candidates.”

The CLRC has a complete list of who is running, for where, for what length of term, what the candidates’ websites are, what their phone numbers are, and where you can email them. Bookmark this link since it we expect it to be updated with changes and additions throughout the campaign.

And, as always, “The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community does not endorse candidates for public office. However, we often post candidacy announcements, press releases, interviews and questionnaire responses for those running for office. And we encourage our members to actively support whatever candidates they choose during elections.”

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

You can read all of our articles on our main website at or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at

c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004


September 9, 2015




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