Arvada City Council swore in it’s newest councilmember, Dot Miller, in a ceremony held at City Hall Monday, Nov. 13.
Miller joins the council after winning the At Large race in the general election Nov. 7.
“I feel honored to have been chosen by Arvadans to serve on city council,” Miller said. “I promise to work hard for all of Arvada.”
The race for the open At Large seat of Arvada City Council was the largest candidate pool in recent history. The seat is being vacated by longtime councilman Don Allard, who is retiring.
Miller narrowly lead the pack with 27.81 percent of the vote. Candidate Jim Whitfield was just behind her with 26.14 percent, a difference of 446 votes.
While the race was close, Arvada City Clerk Kristen Rush said it is outside the margin which would trigger an automatic recount.
“We’ve all run a fantastic campaign. It’s been very positive from all candidates perspective,” Whitfield said. “Dot will do a good job for the city.”
Miller, CEO of The Solution, an Association Management Company in Arvada and former Arvada Chamber president, lives in District 1, but decided to run in the At Large race in hopes of bringing more gender diversity to the Arvada City Council.
Incumbent Nancy Ford ran unopposed in District 1. Ford, an educator and self-employed market researcher, will embark upon her second term on council. John Marriott was also unopposed in District 3.
Jordan Hohenstein, the youngest candidate in the race said that running for office was an experience he’ll never forget and he plans to continue to stay involved in the community.
“For a twenty-six year old first-time candidate with no previous political experience, and who entered the race two months before Election Day, placing third (and second in Adam’s county) was an amazing accomplishment,” Hohenstein said. “I look forward to continuing my political journey onward fighting for progressive values.”
Miller, Marriott and Ford will serve on Arvada City Council for four years.
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