Arvada voters chose old and new faces to represent them in the council and mayoral elections.
Incumbents Mayor Marc Williams, District 2 Councilman Mark McGoff and Councilman-at-large Bob Fifer …
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Incumbents Mayor Marc Williams, District 2 Councilman Mark McGoff and Councilman-at-large Bob Fifer all retained their seats. Districts 1 and 4 welcomed fresh faces David Jones and Nancy Ford.
Jones and Ford won their seats with 5,261 and 3,727 votes, respectively, over incumbents Bob Dyer and Jerry Marks.
“I appreciate the people that voted for me and have confidence in me to do what I do,” Ford said Tuesday night, “and I'm very excited to serve my constituents in District 1.”
Dyer, who has served 16 years on council, said he had doubts going into election night. It was a close race: Jones carried 51.07 percent of the votes to Dyer’s 48.93 percent as of 11 p.m. Election Night.
“There’s no question about it, he ran a good race and did everything he needed to do and I congratulate him on that,” Dyer said. “To be honest, I’m a little surprised I didn’t think I’d get as many votes as I did. I didn’t have any time to campaign as much and no money at all. I’m surprised and very grateful to the voters for the support I did receive.”
Some of the opposing candidates — Dave Chandler, Dave Palm and Carl Campanella, who boycotted the chamber candidate forum in September — are affiliated with the citizen action group, Arvada for All the People. They generally want less or to eliminate urban renewal, increase the power of citizens, preserve the community and an open and accessible government. None of the three were elected, but Chandler and Palm turned in a strong showing with city voters who live in Adams County.
Candidates Jones, Kathy Drulard (councilmember-at-large) and Ford campaigned for having transparency, a business- and family-friendly city, sustaining economic growth and being stewards of the city’s resources. Ford and Jones were elected to the council, and despite losing the battle for the at-large position, Drulard had a stronger showing than incumbent Bob Fifer among Arvada's Adams County voters.
“I'm more than comfortable working with the newly-elected,” Williams said, “and look forward to learning their thoughts about our city, and know we'll work well together to advance the best interests of our city.”
Vote counts for Arvada City Council races:
Marc Williams, 21,228
Dave Chandler, 12,974
Bob Fifer, 14,986
Carl Campanella, 7,693
Kathy Drulard, 9,249
Nancy Ford, 4,133
Jerry Marks, 3,460
Mark McGoff, 3,601
Dave Palm, 2,646
David Jones, 5,738
Bob Dyer, 5,487
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