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Four incumbents elected to Metro District board


Four incumbents have been elected to the Highlands Ranch Metro District Board of Directors. Jim Worley won the May 8 election with 1,633 votes; Carolyn Schierholz received 1,595; Allen Dreher had 1,655 and Mark Dickerson 775.

They join board members Vicky Starkey, Renee Anderson and Nancy Smith. The seven-member board acts as the local government for the unincorporated community of Highlands Ranch. Board members represent the whole community, not their district. 

Duties of the board include budget preparation, maintenance of roadway landscaping and parks and open space, provision of fire protection and construction of storm drainage facilities and major roadways, according to the metro district's website.

The metro district holds director elections in May of even-numbered years. Registered voters who live in or own property in Highlands Ranch may vote for candidates in any region. Board members serve four-year terms.

For more than 30 years, Worley has managed various special districts in Colorado. He spent nine years as general manager of the Highlands Ranch Metro District. As a board member, his priorities include supporting the unification of fire services with South Metro Fire Rescue Authority and providing appropriate services to seniors in the community.

Schierholz worked in the information technology field. In 2001, she moved to Highlands Ranch with her husband and daughter. She wants to see a smooth transition of fire and emergency services, additional facilities for seniors in the community and updated metro district assets to improve property values.

Dreher has lived in Highlands Ranch since 1998 and served on the metro district board of directors since 2000. He wants to work with community partners in establishing permanent programs for seniors and a facility or wing dedicated to their use. He would also like to see a new ice venue constructed in either Highlands Ranch or near its borders.

A Colorado native, Dickerson was appointed to the metro district board to fill a vacancy seat last year. For 11 years, he has served as a delegate for the Highlands Ranch Community Association. His priorities include improving amenities for seniors and maintaining the metro district's parks and recreation programs.


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