Thursday, December 18, 2008

Casiano fourth candidate to seek May's HD-44 seat

Parker Mayor David Casiano has entered the race to succeed House Minority Leader Mike May (R-Parker) in Colorado House District 44, according to Douglas County GOP Chair Kelsey Alexander.

Casiano is the fourth candidate to seek the seat: former Colorado Mortgage Leaders Association President Chris Holbert, U.S. Rep.-elect Mike Coffman manager Dustin Zvonek, and businesswoman Polly Lawrence are also seeking to be appointed by a vacancy committee.

Alexander said a fifth person was considering entering the race, but she didn't want to release that person's name until he or she had made a decision.

The HD-44 vacancy committee, composed of about 120 elected officials, district captains and precinct leaders, was tentatively scheduled to convene Jan. 6. But that schedule is up in the air as May temporarily withdrew his resignation on Tuesday, saying in a statement “that outside influences may have attempted to interfere with the leadership election” to succeed him.

Casiano, 59, has been mayor of Parker since 2004. He also teaches business and drama at Lutheran High School of Parker.

Casiano did not return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday evening.

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