Candidates for CML Executive Board
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The slate of candidates for the CML Executive Board is below. Candidate election will take place as part of CML's Annual Business Meeting on June 21 at 9 a.m.
View a list of designated voting delegates here.
- Largest Category: Municipalities with a population of 250,000 or more
- Large Category: Municipalities with a population of at least 60,000 but less than 250,000
- Medium Category: Municipalities with a population of at least 8,000 but less than 60,000
- Small Category: Municipalities with a population of less than 8,000
Executive Board Candidates
Largest Category: Municipalities with a population of 250,000 or more
Angela Lawson, Aurora councilmember
I have served the residents of Aurora as an At-Large council member since 2015 and have represented the city’s interests as an Aurora delegate on the CML Policy Committee since 2016. This year I have reached the Leadership Level of MUNIversity and will be receiving an award at the CML Special Conference in September. As the Chair of the Federal, State, and Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee for five years and member of the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Services Advocacy Committee and Reimagine RTD Committee, I have been representing the city of Aurora on various Federal and State legislative issues and have served as leader with other governments and jurisdictions.
Large Category: Municipalities with a population of at least 60,000 but less than 250,000
To be elected: Three positions from municipalities with a population of at least 60,000 but less than 250,000 for two-year terms
Greg Caton, Grand Junction city manager
I’m Greg Caton, Grand Junction City Manager, and I’m asking you to re-elect me to the CML Executive Board. I have worked in local government for over 23 years throughout Colorado and in Arizona. I am a Colorado native who loves Colorado’s many offerings. I have worked closely with CML, recently serving two years on the executive board. I believe I can continue to add considerable value if re-elected. Having worked throughout Colorado, I understand the challenges all regions of our beautiful state face. It would be an honor and a privilege to continue serving on the CML Executive Board. View candidate flyer.
Dale Hall, Greeley mayor pro tem
I am a Colorado & Weld County native and have lived in Greeley for over 55 years.
· Own a property management company in Greeley.
· Army assigned to the Pentagon.
· Weld County Sheriff's Office in 1975. Promoted to Sergeant of the Investigation Unit.
· 30 years’ experience in the financial advisory industry.
· Weld County Commissioner, chairman of the CCI Finance Committee.
· Colorado State Representative for District 48, served on the Joint Budget Committee.
· Greeley City Council since 2018, Mayor Pro Tem.
· Secretary/Treasurer of CML
· Chairman, Bright Futures of Weld County
· Chairman of Poudre River Trail Corridor Board
· President, Spring Creek HOA
· Greeley Chamber of Commerce
Previously Chairman of:
· Greeley Planning Commission
· Greeley/Weld County Airport Authority
· Colorado Aeronautical Board
I would like to continue to offer my experience and loyalty to CML.
John Marriott, Arvada councilmember
Arvada Colorado is an amazing place. I have had the great fortune to grow up in Arvada, and I have benefitted greatly from all our city and region has to offer. I was honored to be elected to the Arvada City Council in 2013. My service on the Arvada City Council has enlightened me to the value of working together for the benefit of all of our cities and towns.
I would like to use my experience to help further our regional and statewide approach to making all lives better. I have served on the CML Policy Committee, and participated in the hearty discussions that help shape executive board actions. I also attend the annual CML conference.
Don Sheehan, Centennial councilmember
I was elected to a four-year Centennial Council term commencing in 2020. I am a member of Centennial’s Budget Committee, a Director for the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority and the Aurora Chamber. I am the Council Liaison to the Arapahoe Parks and Recreation District. I retired from a career selling enterprise software for multinational technology corporations.
The Colorado Municipal League unites local governments in a common mission resulting in strength through numbers. CML education, training, publications, conferences and networking provides members with the tools for success.
Every session of the Colorado Legislature generates bills with the potential to infringe on local control and home rule. CML is our watchdog and advocate at the Statehouse.
I actively and enthusiastically support CML objectives. I ask for your support for a seat on the CML Executive Board.
Medium Category: Municipalities with a population of at least 8,000 but less than 60,000
Cathie Brunnick, Lone Tree Mayor Pro Tem
Cathie Brunnick was elected to the Lone Tree City Council in May of 2016 and elected to Mayor Pro Tem in May 2018. During her tenure with the City of Lone Tree, she has served on numerous boards and committees including Partnership of Douglas County Governments, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, Douglas County Open Data Initiative, Rampart Range Metro District, and the Cherry Creek Water Basin Authority. Most importantly, she has served as one of the CML representatives for the city every year since being elected. For the last 3 years, she has have served on the CML Executive Board and would be honored to extend that term in the upcoming election.
Barbara Bynum, Montrose councilmember
Hi, I’m Barbara Bynum, a current Montrose City Councilor and former Mayor, and I’m asking you to re-elect me to the CML Executive Board. As a current board member, I have enthusiastically participated in board meetings, outreach meetings, and webinars. I have attended CML Annual Conferences where I enjoy meeting colleagues from across Colorado and engaging in meaningful and thoughtful conversations about municipal issues. I am proud to have achieved CML’s Muniversity Leadership Level of professional development, which reflects my commitment to CML. I’m eager to continue serving as a voice for municipalities on the board. Thank you. View candidate flyer.
Tracie Crites, Frederick mayor
I’m Tracie Crites, Mayor of the Town of Frederick. I have served my community as a BOT, Recreation District Board President, URA member, and a mom of 3. I am passionate about public service and building a community that is built on what matters-People.
I have focused my stewardship on initiatives such as: Economic Development, water resiliency, business attraction/retention and continued quality of life for our citizens.
Colorado is worth serving from the heart. Today and for many years to come, I pledge my support and my thoughtful leadership. I am eager to preserve, share, and enhance “The Colorado Way”, together. View candidate flyer.
Liz Hensley, Alamosa councilmember
Hello! I am Liz Hensley and I am running for the CML Executive Board!
I am the current past-president and have been an active CML Executive Board Member for the past 5 years. In the five years I have been Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President. The transition of our new executive director, COVID, many legislative issues, and spear heading the Sam Mamet Good Governance Award were some of the events that happened during my time on the Executive Board. I am proud of the fact that I have not only represented Alamosa, but the San Luis Valley and rural Southern Colorado on the board. View candidate flyer.
Dave Kerber, Greenwood Village Councilmember
I'm Dave Kerber, and I'm running for the CML Executive Board. I have been a Council Member in Greenwood Village for twelve years having been elected and reelected 6 times. I am a 37-year Colorado resident and graduated from the US Air Force Academy and Duke Law School.
I am committed to fighting to maintain local authority for our municipalities so we all can each make decisions and represent our residents as we see fit for our communities to create places where our residents want to live and work.
I hope to have your vote on June 21!
Laura Weinberg, Golden mayor
Hi CML members, I am Laura Weinberg, Mayor of Golden, and I am running for the CML Executive Board to represent mid-sized cities in our great state. I am in my second year as Mayor and served on City Council for six years. Golden shares many of the same challenges as your communities and as a board member I will work hard to do what is best for all cities and the CML organization. I have served on the board since January 2021 and I would be honored to have your vote to continue for a full term.
Melissa Youssef, Durango councilmember
I'm Durango City Councilor and former Mayor, Melissa Youssef, and I am seeking a seat on the CML Executive Board.
I have an MBA and 30 years of experience in business management, funding and finance, and have been deeply immersed in community service for decades including service on the 9R Board of Education, the Long-Term Finance Committee, Economic Development Board, and recently the CML Policy Committee. I always strive to be connected and collaborative, working hard for the common good.
Durango is a major tourist destination, a college town, and a ski resort. We are the transportation hub for SW Colorado with the 5th largest commercial airport in the state. We share many common interests and concerns with urban municipalities. Durango is an ideological bridge of sorts between the western slope and the front range.
I believe my efforts to unify and build consensus, along with my work ethic, is what defines my commitment. That same ethos will empower me to serve with purpose and passion on the CML Board, representing not just Durango, but every municipality in Colorado.
Please see my website, www.melissayoussef.com, and video for more information. View candidate flyer.
Small Category: Municipalities with a population of less than 8,000
A.J. Euckert, Dacono city manager
Greetings. I am A.J. Euckert, City Manager for the wonderful City of Dacono. I'm running for re-election to the CML Executive Board and would appreciate your vote. I have enjoyed working for the City for almost 19 years, starting as an intern in one of the first cohorts of the DOLA Best and Brightest Program while taking Master's classes at CU Denver. I have enjoyed my first term on the Executive Board and value the board's makeup, including elected and appointed officials. If elected to a second term, I will continue to support the League's efforts advocating for all communities in this great state.
Susan Jung, Rocky Ford mayor
Hi, I am Susan Jung mayor Rocky Ford, Colorado. I have been involved with the Rocky Ford City Council for the past 12 years. Yes, I really am as sweet as a melon.
Please vote for me in the small town category.
David Ott, Lochbuie mayor pro tem
I have been on the Lochbuie Town Board for 7 years, Mayor Pro Tem for 2. I am a Muni graduate with over 120 hours credit. I am a Vietnam Veteran, and have in lived in Colorado since 1972. The Town of Lochbuie has built a new town hall, expanded the water and sewer plants, and did a major improvement to WCR 2 in Weld County, including a round-about, and many other improvements for the citizens since I came on the board, and we have many more coming, including a trail system and new growth opportunities, both residential and commercial.
Russell O. Stewart, Cherry Hills Village mayor
Hello! My name is Russell Stewart. I’ve served one term on the CML Executive Board, one year on the Budget and Management Committee, and two years on the CML Policy Committee. I’d appreciate your support to serve a second term on the Board.
I’m Mayor of Cherry Hills Village, a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and its Transportation Committee, the Arapahoe County Open Space Advisory Board, and the Arapahoe County Transportation Forum.
If re-elected I would like to attend – in person -- the 14 annual district meetings and consider possible improvements to the CML fee structure and bylaws.
Nicholas J. Wharton, Severance town administrator
As a municipal leader, we should remember that those leaders before us have laid the framework of local governance. However, it is now the role of current municipal leaders to take that framework of local governance and strive for even higher excellence through equality, inclusion, and diversity within our local governments. Over the past several years we have seen how the lack of these key elements in local government has led us astray from progressively leading our organizations into a new future. It is now the time to create that new platform for the future through the CML Executive Board.
Zach Wuestewald, Hayden mayor