With two seats up for grabs on the Highlands Ranch Community Association Board of Directors this spring, incumbents Brock Norris and Jeff Suntken both look like safe bets to retain their seats for another two years.
No other hats were thrown in the ring before the Jan. 31 deadline, meaning both incumbents are without competition for the March 19 election, unless a write-in candidate emerges.
Suntken, an Ohio native who works as a business and technology consultant, has served on the board for the past two years and was a district delegate from 2009-11, representing the Highlands Ranch Golf Club district. He has been a Highlands Ranch homeowner since 2000.
“I think the current board of directors is working well together and is working hard to create a vision and plan for the future of Highlands Ranch,” Suntken stated in his candidate questionnaire, adding that having a stable board of directors is best for the establishment of a “five-year plan” for Highlands Ranch.
Suntken highlighted the creation of such a strategic plan; development of the remaining land in the Highlands Ranch planned development area; development, or lack thereof, in the Backcountry Wilderness Area; an improved Internet presence to build communication between residents and delegates; and providing the highest quality services at the lowest cost to residents, as the issues most important to the future of the community.
Norris, a native of Quebec, served three terms as the delegate representative for District 18 prior to being elected as a director in 2011. He shares a similar vision to Suntken regarding the future direction of the HRCA and listed the same five items as the top issues of importance for the association.
“One thing that I believe is that this is a team effort,” he stated. “The board, delegates and staff work together, have mutual respect and strive to make Highlands Ranch even better than the extraordinary community it is.”
A survey engineer and longtime business owner, Norris has lived in Highlands Ranch since 2000. He serves as the HRCA board liaison to the Metro District board and has helped to improve the relationship between Highlands Ranch’s two main quasi-governing entities since coming into that position.
“I want to ensure the future uses of the backcountry are in accordance with what the residents want and what is in the best interests of the community as a whole,” he stated as his top issue. “With the completion of the backcountry survey, the results will help give us a roadmap for how we move forward.”
The director election will be decided by the HRCA delegate body.