Aurora’s race for City Council is heating up, and here we thought it would be because of the slew of liberal candidates running for the traditionally conservative body.
The Aurora Sentinel’s Kara Mason has been busy muckraking on candidates running for local office this election cycle. The other day, she reported on candidate Abel Laeke — a registered sex offender who has a storied criminal history, though no felony convictions, which would disqualify him from running.
Mason points out court documents say Laeke was charged in 2004 with misdemeanor indecent exposure and sexual contact without consent, a felony, but Aurora City Attorney Mike Hyman noted Laeke’s not guilty plea by reason of insanity to the charges are not a conviction and he is clear to run for office. He has been arrested in the past for burglary, driving under the influence and trespassing. In a 2014 memoir, Laeke says he was “lured by the bad behavior of those I considered friends, alarming my family and derailing my life.”
Another controversy is brewing over whether Naquetta Ricks lives in the Aurora ward for which she is a City Council candidate. Mason explains:
Up until the beginning of October, Ricks said she lived at 13651 E. Alaska Place in Ward III. But a lock box on the door and a roll-off in the driveway at that address prompted competitors to ask where Ricks was living if it wasn’t at the address she provided to the city.
Ricks’ address was the topic of a special Election Commission meeting in September, but she later told the Sentinel she moved to another location in the ward.
Days after the Sentinel’s inquiry, Ricks updated her address with the city clerk to show she currently lives on 364 Nome St., owned by Georgia Bellamy, which is in the ward. Ricks has also updated her voter registration to reflect the Nome Street address.
A crowded field, there are 20 candidates vying for five seats on the council.
Read both of Mason’s reports here.