Three of five seats on the Westerly Creek Metro District (WCMD) board are up for election on Tuesday, May 6. Stapleton residents can cast their vote between 7am and 7pm at 7350 E 29th Ave, Room 200. Westerly Creek Metropolitan District (WCMD) collects the tax that funds the construction of Stapleton’s infrastructure not covered by TIF.
To vote, you must be registered to vote in Colorado and either a resident, property owner (natural persons only), or the spouse or civil union partner of a property owner. Each elector will be required to sign a Voter Self Affirmation reflecting on how he or she is eligible to vote. Park in the lot behind the Berkshire, enter from the back of the building, and take the elevator or stairs to the second floor.
Longer bios of the candidates are available at FrontPorchStapleton.com > search for WCMD Board Election May 6.
Vote for not more than two of the following:
As a local real estate attorney, I have substantial experience working on development projects and understand the importance of transparent governance and statutory limitations imposed on special districts. I will work with our stakeholders to ensure that the development contemplated by the Green Book is completed and the bond obligations are satisfied.
Having lived and been active here since 2005, I believe I have a good sense of the needs and sentiments of our community. I have been a regulatory/licensing attorney for my whole career, except for the years I spent running the Children’s Museum of Denver. As such, my work on public finance and special district issues gives me a solid background for the WCMD Board.
John Lehigh is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Forest City Stapleton, Inc. He brings more than 30 years of major real estate development experience to his role in overseeing the redevelopment of Stapleton. “I believe my grasp of the many complexities related to the redevelopment of Stapleton will ensure the District is a wise steward of the tax revenues it has been entrusted to levy.”
As a consultant to the infrastructure industry, I have direct experience creating strategies to help pay for infrastructure, including estimating the revenue-generating potential of special tax districts such as the WCMD. As such, I am uniquely qualified to provide the oversight and due diligence necessary to facilitate sound and informed decision making as a member of the Board of Directors.
Vote for one of the following:
I have spent the past eight years serving as the Executive Director of the Stapleton Master Community Association (MCA), one of the entities charged with maintaining infrastructure funded by WCMD. In my role, I’ve developed an awareness and understanding of the “matrix” in which development happens within the community. I am positive I can provide the WCMD with expertise and leadership to ensure the infrastructure needed in Stapleton is sufficiently funded.
I intend to put my professional knowledge and reputation for innovation in public policy to use for the betterment of all Stapleton area residents. As a custodian of our property tax mill levy, I intend to not only provide diligence and oversight over our tax contributions, but also to offer viable ideas towards helping solve issues concerning Stapleton’s build-out.