In last week’s election, the Chamber endorsed in three of the four mayoral / council races and on two of the ballot measures. We were 4 of 5 in terms of success.
We’re pleased to see Karen Weitkunat elected as mayor and Wade Troxell re-elected as District 4 Council Member. Together, they bring 12 years of elected experience to their roles.
Another positive was the passage of the measure to expand the main library. It’s the wise use of an existing site using existing financial resources. It made a lot of sense. The measure passed 87% to 13%.
Also positive was defeat of a measure known as ranked voting. This was a ‘good government’ issue for the Chamber. The measure changed how we elect people to City Council. After long and thoughtful review, Chamber leaders were unconvinced that a problem existed and that the ranked voting system was better. In fact, research indicated that it had significant problems. Some very thoughtful people believe ranked voting is superior but the general public didn’t agree. It was defeated 61% ‘no’ to 39% ‘yes.’
Lisa Poppaw was re-elected in District 2 and Gerry Horak was elected in District 6. We look forward to working with them in the years ahead.
Thank you to the other candidates: Ross Cunniff, Susan Pawlak, Kristin Stephens and Eric Sutherland. Running for public office is a major undertaking and requires a high level of personal sacrifice. We appreciate your concern for the community and the expression of your interest to serve.
We want to extend a note of thanks to David Roy and Doug Hutchinson, who are going off the Council. Both are term limited. David served as District 6 Council Member for a decade, so he served a long time in a time intensive role for the community.
We reserve a special ‘thank you’ to Mayor Hutchinson. He was epitomized leadership and community service. He taught us all the importance of civility and relationships to the successful accomplishment of community goals.
To check out the Coloradoan's coverage of the election results click here.