AURORA | Seven candidates have applied for an expected position for the seat of Ward II City Council, according to city clerk officials.
The names of six applicants have been released and one is still under review, a city spokesman said Friday afternoon. Applicants are: Steve Sundberg, Ryan Ross, Robert O’Riley, Luke Kodanko, Robert Hamilton and Jessica Giammalvo.
Ross, a community activist who recently assisted the city’s Police Reform Task Force, brings up a resume with numerous citations for charitable services, including honors from the Denver Urban Spectrum, the Denver Business Journal, the Denver Mayor Diversity Award, the 9News -Guide of the Year and COBIZ Magazine.
He holds a PhD in Education and is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Justice and Inclusion for the Colorado Community College System.
“Facilitation, teamwork and communication skills are some of the talents that I believe add value to the council’s democratic aspirations and processes,” Ross said in his application. “Over the years, through training, professional work, and private counseling, I have developed the ability to evaluate, synthesize, and understand policies, procedures, and data. I believe in fairness, justice and see things with a justice lens. My understanding and approach to justice has brought tremendous value to the underground and rural college communities across the state. I think I can bring the same value to the City of Aurora and Ward 2 community. ”
Sundberg, longtime manager of Legends Bar and Grill in Aurora, is currently a member of the city’s recreation and parks committee, chairman of the Aurora Chamber Leadership Aurora Board, and a member of the culinary advisory board of Pickens Technical College.
Sundberg, who is running for Division II headquarters in November, not only applied for the term to be extended, but also served as a special lawyer for the appointment of courts and spent two years helping to set up a court to solve problems in Arapahoe County.
According to his website, he received a bachelor’s degree in voice communication from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
“My family and I live here in Aurora because of the quality of life, ”says Sundberg on his campaign website. “I got involved in our community by helping children, schools, youth sports, and countless fundraisers and charities. On issues such as transportation and the cost of living, my business experience and 20 years of service in nonprofits will result in a practical, balanced approach to problem solving. “
O’Riley ran for the Ward II seat in 2017 and received 11% of the vote. Then O’Riley, an assistant sheriff in Denver, said he wanted to bring diversity to the council. The Spanish spokesman lists on his LinkedIn profile that he also served as a transportation security officer, served as a sergeant in the Marines for nearly a decade, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College and a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University.
O’Riley served on the Aurora Veterans Affairs Commission for three years.
Kodanko is an information technology consultant, according to his LinkedIn page. He holds a degree in mathematics from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree in information technology management from Colorado State University.
Giammalvo is an engineer according to her LinkedIn profile. She holds a degree in physics from Stonehill College and a master’s degree from Colorado Technical University.
The opening comes after Councilor Nicole Johnston announced her resignation last month. She intends to move to Colorado Springs for a job and bring her family closer together. Your last day is scheduled for June 14th.
Ward II encompasses neighborhoods in northeast Aurora, from Buckley Air Force Base to housing developments adjacent to Denver International Airport, Star K Ranch, and the Colorado Air and Space Port.
The city will now host a virtual reception for applicants in mid-June and a formal interview on June 21. A formal vote for the seat is scheduled for June 28, and the commissioner will be sworn in during the city council meeting on July 12.