The residents of Wheat Ridge were not shy in saying “no” regarding the Upham rezone on election night. Elsewhere, the second time ended up being the charm for Valarie Nosler Beck in Distict 4. …
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The residents of Wheat Ridge were not shy in saying “no” regarding the Upham rezone on election night. Elsewhere, the second time ended up being the charm for Valarie Nosler Beck in Distict 4. The outcome of the election still aren’t so clear in District I though, where just 11 votes currently separate the leader Judy Hutchinson over appointed incumbent David Kueter.
“It’s been a week,” said Kueter when reached by phone.
By the end of election night, Hutchinson (50.2%) had been only 3 votes up on Kueter (49.8%). Though later ballots have extended the lead, the two candidates won’t know until Nov. 14 whether the final vote count is close enough to trigger an automatic recount.
Even if the final count has him still losing, Kueter said he’s been encouraged by how the other council races turned out, and wishes all the winners well.
“At some point, you’ve done what you’ve done and be at peace with that,” Kueter said. He added that though he’s enjoyed his time on council, he would have to find other ways to stay engaged and helpful to his community if that is the will of the voters.
Hutchinson could not be reached for comment.
“People think that their vote doesn’t matter, but like this race shows, every vote does count,” Kueter said.
Here is how the rest of the city election results turned out:
Ballot Question 2E, asking if the city council’s planned rezoning of two properties along Upham Street to allow for higher residential redevelopment should go into effect earned a resounding 62% “No” vote.
James “Steve” Kirkpatrick (60%), won convincingly over opponent Vivian Vos (40%).
Rachel Hultin won the open District 2 spot, earning 67.2 % of the vote over Brandy Zamudio.
In District 3, it was candidate Korey Stites with the 68.5-percentage point win over his opponent Ihor Figlus.
The three-way race in District 4 went to the veteran campaigner in the pack, Valarie Nosler Beck, with 55.7% of the vote, over Larry Mathews and Christopher Bird.
Chris Miller ran unopposed for City Treasurer.
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