Aurora City Council bids farewell to outgoing members Broom, Markert, Hunter Holen

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AURORA | Presiding Judge Richard Weinberg swore in three newcomers and two re-elected incumbents as Aurora City Council members at Monday night’s regular council meeting.

But before the new slate of council members were sworn in, the city council said farewell to three outgoing members.

Debi Hunter Holen on Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora SentinelAt-Large Councilwoman Debi Hunter Holen, who held the seat from 2011 to 2015 and finished third in a field of four candidates for two seats, was honored for her leadership role in bringing arts to the city through advocating for Aurora’s first poet laureate.

In the past four years, Hunter Holen has led on efforts to reinvigorate the Aurora Sister Cities program, open an immigrant welcome center and support a three-year plan for how to better integrate the people from 140 countries who make up Aurora.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan also lauded her time as the mayor pro-tem in 2015.

“It has been an honor to serve the city of Aurora. I’ve learned so much,” Hunter Holen said. “I’ll be back in some way, shape or form.”

on Monday Nov. 09, 2015 at Aurora Fire Station #14. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora SentinelBob Broom, who served from 2003 to 2015, was honored by council members for his finance and transportation knowledge. For years Broom served as Aurora’s representative on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), which mediates growth and transportation issues throughout the state. He is also a former city manager for Aurora.

“We all have areas of expertise … whenever there’s a finance question, 10 heads turn to Bob,” said Ward V Councilman Bob Roth.

Outgoing Ward IV Councilwoman Molly Markert was also honored for 12 years of service that have included serving on numerous boards that have included the  Colorado Municipal League, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, and Aurora Access Health.

on Friday Oct. 16, 2015 at Aurora Municipal Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel“As a new person, you were articulate, you knew your subject, you did your homework, and I patterned myself after you,” said Ward I Councilwoman Sally Mounier. “You made me a better city council member.”

Incumbent Councilman Bob LeGare and challenger Angela Lawson won the two at-large seats in the Nov. election.  In ward races,  Bob Roth won back his seat for Ward V.  Former City Attorney Charlie Richardson won the Ward IV seat, and Francoise Bergen replaces outgoing Bob Broom.  Steve Hogan, who will be serving his second term as mayor, ran unopposed this year.

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Joe Hardhat
Joe Hardhat
6 years ago

The new city council will definitely be an improvement over the old.

Aaron D
Aaron D
6 years ago

Scary, but telling, that Mounier patterns herself after Markert!

Akmhed
Akmhed
6 years ago

So, Sally – the same one that torpedoes affordable housing but wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on undocumented workers, who actively interferes with contract negotiations costing the city even more money and who can be bought for a paltry contribution to her “picnic” – models herself after Molly?? Sounds like more of the same, only meaner-spirited.