5 candidates run for Centennial Water board


Centennial Water users have five candidates to choose from for two seats on the utility’s board of directors in the May 3 election.

The five-person board is elected at-large on a rotating basis. On April 25, the board thanked the two outgoing directors, Tim Roberts and Jeff Donelson. 

Running for the open seats are Tammy Essmeier, Allen Dreher, Frank J. Johns, Neil L. Arney and Frank McNulty. Each candidate answered questions about themselves to provide Centennial Water voters with some information about their reason for seeking a seat on the board. 

Arney is an attorney with knowledge of Colorado special districts who is new to Highlands Ranch and running to give back to his community. 

Essmeier is a consultant on environmental regulations and laws, who has served as a volunteer with Centennial Water’s Citizen Engagement Committee. 

Dreher, a former journalist, serves on the Highlands Ranch Metro District and is interested in joining the board to protect water sustainability.

Also a volunteer with the Citizen Engagement Committee, Johns is an engineer with previous experience operating water and wastewater facilities.

A former Colorado representative, McNulty owns Square State Strategy Group and previously served as the consulting attorney for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Centennial Water users can vote in person from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 3 at 92 Plaza Drive or drop an absentee ballot in the drop-box at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch substation by 7 p.m. May 3.

For more information, go to www.centennialwater.org.

Centennial Water, election, board of directors


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