Meet your candidates for Centennial City Council

Eight contenders vie for spots, with District 2 unopposed

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In another crowded campaign season for Centennial City Council, the November election is sure to add a few newcomers to the nine-member body.

District 1 in the west part of town is the only area with a current councilmember running, and the adjacent District 2 features one unopposed candidate.

Centennial has two councilmembers per district, and the mayor — who is elected citywide — is the ninth member. One seat in each district is up for election this year, and the other seats will be up for election in 2021. Centennial's elections are nonpartisan, meaning candidates don't run with a political party affiliation.

The Centennial Citizen will bring you in-depth Q&As with the candidates on their policy positions, as well as other information on the race, in the coming months. For now, here's some basic information about your candidates.

District 1

Ron Phelps is an Air Force veteran of 10 years, according to his campaign website. He has professional experience in the “learning and organizational development” industry, creating learning solutions for Fortune 200 organizations as well as the military and public entities, his site says. Phelps won a city council seat in 2009, but he lost his job and his family's home during the Great Recession and resigned to accept employment in another state. Phelps currently works for Denver Water.

Incumbent Candace Moon was elected in 2015 and has been employed with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She is an Air Force veteran, a former law enforcement officer, a law enforcement instructor, former corporate manager and small-business owner, according to her bio on the city website. She has also served on the board of directors for the Arapahoe Highlands Civic Association. Moon is a representative on the Centennial Airport Noise Roundtable Committee.

District 1 is the far west part of Centennial, encompassing most of the portion between South Broadway and South Colorado Boulevard.

District 2

Christine Sweetland spent several years in volunteer opportunities in Littleton Public Schools, ranging from helping in the classrooms and library to chairing auctions and other fundraisers, according to her campaign site. She has also served as president of the Cherry Knolls neighborhood association. After her career in the telecommunications industry, Sweetland built a real estate appraisal business in Centennial, where she continues today, her site says.

Sweetland is currently running unopposed.

District 2 includes the part of the city north of East Dry Creek Road and mostly west of South Quebec Street.

District 3

Richard Holt has worked in information technology for more than 20 years, according to his campaign site. He has served on his neighborhood board and on the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods, or CenCON, and has organized community events. Holt also serves on Centennial's Open Space Advisory Board. He works as a digital media analyst for National CineMedia, according to his LinkedIn page.

Melanie Adams has committed herself to helping her sons' school and Cherry Creek School District, her Facebook campaign page says. She has involved herself in initiatives such as “spearheading an opposition to an extended stay budget motel” and coordinating neighborhood creek clean-ups for Earth Day, along with putting together an elementary school fundraiser, according to the page.

Rhonda Livingston has served on the rewrite committee for Centennial's land development code, which sets zoning districts and design standards for construction, according to her campaign site. She's a CenCON board member and has served as a Cherry Creek School District Parents' Council member. In addition to a long list of other involvements with the city, she led the 2018 petition effort to oppose more car dealerships on East Arapahoe Road.

District 3 is by far the largest in land area, spanning from parts of southwest Centennial to the city's southeast region, past South Parker Road.

District 4

Anna Burr is an attorney and has experience managing, settling and litigating cases for injured victims, according to her firm's website. She's a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Colorado, Federal and Denver bar associations. Burr didn't appear to have a campaign webpage as of July 10.

Don Sheehan has experience in technology sales and, in his retirement, has volunteered as a victim advocate for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, according to his campaign site. He helps with local troop campouts at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch in Elbert County. Sheehan is also a member of the Transportation Solutions Arapahoe County board, an organization that promotes transportation options for seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals.

District 4 encompasses northeast Centennial, mostly in the vicinity of East Smoky Hill Road.

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