Elections

The City Clerk is the elections official for all regular and special elections in the City of Golden.

Regular municipal elections for the City of Golden are held on the first Tuesday in November in odd numbered years. Special elections may be called by ordinance of the City Council and may be held any time. Special elections are often coordinated with Jefferson County Elections but may be administered entirely by the Golden City Clerk, and are usually limited to consideration of ballot issues.

All municipal elections for elected officials are nonpartisan.

Wards and Districts Map

Golden voters elect a mayor and two new councilors

At the November 5, 2019 election, Golden voters elected a new mayor and two district council members. Laura Weinberg is elected as Mayor, JJ Trout is elected to represent District One, and Casey Brown is re-elected to represent District Two.

During the January 9, 2020 council meeting, the city recognized outgoing council members and swore in incoming elected officials.

Ward 4 Special Election

In the November 2019 election, Golden voters elected then Ward 4 Councilor Laura Weinberg to serve as the new Mayor. On January 9, Weinberg resigned her Ward 4 seat to be sworn in as Mayor, leaving the Ward 4 seat open and requiring a special election be held to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in serving as the Ward 4 representative on City Council, you must be a resident of Golden living in Ward 4 and meet the following qualifications:

  • Be an elector of the City.
  • Be a citizen of the United States for at least five years.
  • Be a resident within the City of Golden for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

Voter registration status may be checked online at govotecolorado.com or by contacting the Jefferson County Elections Office at 303-271-8111.

Check the map of Council Wards and Districts pdf download to determine whether you reside in Ward 4.

Each candidate must circulate and submit a nomination petition to the City Clerk’s Office. The petition must be signed by at least 25 registered electors who reside within Ward 4. Candidates are encouraged to obtain more than the required 25 signatures.

Nomination petitions will be available in the City Clerk’s Office on January 28, 2020. This is the first day that interested individuals may pick up and begin circulating nomination petitions. The last day to return and file nomination petitions with the City Clerk’s office is February 18, 2020 by 5 p.m.

The City Clerk will validate petition signatures and declare the official candidates in the Special Election.

Who is on the City Council?

The Golden City Council includes seven members:

  • A mayor elected at-large.
  • Four council members are elected from wards.
  • Two council members are elected from districts (each district is comprised of two wards – district one includes wards one and two and district two includes wards three and four).

The mayoral election is held every four years. The mayor and council members are elected to four-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms.

Voter Registration

Golden residents are encouraged to vote in every election. Here are the various ways to register to vote:

  • Online at govotecolorado.com
  • By Mail – Colorado Voter Registration Form
  • At a local Department of Motor Vehicle facility
  • ANYTIME in person including Election Day at the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder’s office located at 3500 Illinois Street, Suite 1100, Golden, CO 80401

To be eligible to register to vote you must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old on or before Election Day, a resident of Colorado and at your present address for 22 days prior to an election.

The deadline to register to vote or change the address on a voter registration is now determined by the method voters choose to submit their registration.

The General Elections are coordinated with Jefferson County elections and are mail ballot.

For more information visit Jefferson County Elections.

COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

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