Highlands Ranch Community Association Director Craig Ziesman announced his forthcoming resignation from the board at last week’s meeting.
Ziesman, who has lived in Highlands Ranch for 26 years, works at Raytheon in Aurora and has plans to put his house on the market and build in the Stapleton North area, where he will be a short bike ride from work and live closer to two of his three adult children and two grandchildren.
Ziesman has served the HRCA in multiple capacities since 1992, when he first became a delegate. He served as a director for one term in the mid-1990s, and then after a second go-round as a delegate a decade later was elected to a second term as director in 2012. A former member of the Future Facilities Committee, he helped design Eastridge Recreation Center as well as the outdoor pool at Westridge.
“I will continue to be a director until the sale of my home,” he said while announcing his plans to the HRCA delegate body July 16. “It’s been a great ride, I hope eventually you can find a replacement who, like me, doesn’t mind being on the losing end of 1-4 battles. ... I kind of pride myself on being the conscience of this organization.”
Ziesman, a Democrat, ran for House District 43 in 2004, losing to Republican incumbent Ted Harvey. And while his views don’t always coincide politically with his fellow directors at the HRCA, he said “the current board has as good of an interpersonal working relationship as any board in recent memory.”
“We do have different views about the issues of the day, but so far that hasn’t carried over into our personal relationships and I think we make a concerted effort to not let it,” he said. “We believe that reasonable people can disagree and still get along. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of that anymore in public discourse and I think it’s refreshing that this board has managed to accomplish that.”
Ziesman, who moved to Highlands Ranch when the community had a population of 8,000 and one stoplight, said he would miss having the opportunity to make a difference. He attributed his move in part to the passing of his wife of 35 years, Nancy, who died suddenly last November.