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Council to Consider Applicants for Ward II Vacancy

 
Council to Consider Applicants for Ward II Vacancy
Posted on 05/19/2021
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The Aurora City Council accepted applications to fill the upcoming vacant Ward II Council seat through May 20. Council Member Nicole Johnston is resigning from the seat June 14 after accepting a job in Colorado Springs, allowing her family to be closer together. Since the vacancy is occurring before the end of the elected term, City Council will appoint a new member to finish the term, which runs through late 2021.

The qualifications to serve on Council are set forth in §54-31 of the City Code, which is a reiteration of Article 3-3 of the City Charter:

  • A registered elector
  • A citizen of the United States of America
  • Has resided in the city of Aurora for at least one year prior to the appointment
  • Has reached their 21st birthday prior to the date of the appointment
  • Has resided in the appropriate ward for one year prior to appointment
  • Has not been convicted of a felony
  • Does not hold other elective public office nor be a salaried employee of the city of Aurora

Ward II comprises the northeast area of Aurora, including neighborhoods from Buckley Air Force Base to Denver International Airport, and from Star K Ranch to the Colorado Air and Space Port. A map of the ward can be found at AuroraGov.org.

Citizens interested in the vacant seat were invited to submit applications. Now that the application deadline has passed, City Council will review the candidates. There are several steps in the review process, and dates for these steps have been scheduled. There will be a public input and feedback process to accompany the review process. View engagement opportunities at EngageAurora.org/Ward2Input. The Council’s meetings and study sessions are conducted virtually and can be watched live or on-demand at AuroraTV.org.

  • June 7 (Study Session) - Update on vacancy/input
  • Mid-June – Tentative virtual reception; questions from residents
  • June 23 – Interview candidates
  • June 28 (Council meeting) – Formal vote
  • July 12 (Council meeting) – Swearing-in

The Aurora City Council is composed of a mayor and 10 council members. Of those 10 members, six are ward council members, representing one of the six wards that section the city. The remaining four council members are elected at large, like the mayor, to represent the entire city. The 10 members of Aurora's city council are part-time elected officials, meaning they may all have jobs in addition to their responsibilities as council members. The mayor's position is a full-time responsibility.

Anyone with questions can email cityclerk@auroragov.org or call 303.739.7094.

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