election 2021

Election Results 2021: Arvada votes on council and split vote on charter amendments

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Arvada residents are voting on three city council seats and four ballot measures in this year’s municipal election. In addition to an at-large seat, Districts 1 and 3’s seats are up for grabs, with John Marriott being the only incumbent seeking re-election. In addition to the council races, four proposed changes to the Arvada city charter are on the ballot.

At-Large

Ballot returns show Lisa Smith ahead of Michael P. Griffith for the At-Large  council seat by a few thousand votes. On the morning of Nov. 3, Griffith condeded to Smith. 

"It’s been a very humbling experience to see people from all backgrounds and affiliations come together to support me. It’s an honor to be elected and I hope to represent everyone fairly and equitably. I’m excited to do my best for Arvada," said Smith.

Griffith thanked his supporters and confirmed that he would continue to serve on Arvada's Planning Commission. 

"I just spoke to Lisa on the phone and congratulated her on her win, wishing her a successful term on City Council," said Griffith. "I am grateful to have received nearly 16,000 votes from across the city and thankful to all my supporters who helped and encouraged me along the way.

"Moving forward, I will continue to serve the City as the Vice Chair of the Planning Commission and look forward to other opportunities to stay involved," Griffith continued. "Arvada is an amazing place to live and I extend my congratulations to John Marriott in District 3 and Randy Moorman in District 1."

District 1

Randy Moorman appears to have won Disctict 1 by 260 votes, recieving 4,678  votes to opponenet Chelsea Canda's 4,418. 

On election night, Moorman said he was "hopefull" about his chances. 

"I knocked doors since July and I worked really hard to reach out to voters and meet them and hear what their concerns and issues were,” said Moorman. “If I get elected, I’m really going to take that with me to city council."

District 3

Marriott leads in his re-election effort against Suzie Schuckman. He  earned  4,121 votes to the challenger's 3,859. 

Early in the evening, Marriott thanked his constituents for re-electing him. 

"I appreciate the people voting for me and giving me another chance. It's a huge honor and privilege to represent the people here," said Marriott. 

Split decision on charter questions

Arvadans seemed to have accepted three out of the four proposed changes to their city charter. Ballot Question's 3D, 3E and 3F look to be on their way to passing by wide margines. 

The proposed charter changes were brought forth by the city’s charter review committee, which convenes every 10 years to determine if any changes to the city’s charter are prudent. The four ballot measures were recommended by the committee, which is made up of city team members and Arvada residents.

Measure 3D proposes increasing the amount of time city council has to fill an unanticipated vacancy – such as if a councilmember resigns or is elected to a higher office during their term – from 30 to 45 days.

Measures 3E and 3F would increase the amount of time citizens have to gather signatures for initiative petitions and referendum petitions, respectively, from 30 to 60 days.

The story is different for Measure 3C, which was down by nearly 10,000 votes in the first round of voting. 3C would have eliminated a charter provision that disallows an Arvada resident who is employed by another city to serve on city council.

"I’m not surprised by the ballot issue that failed. The other three, I fully expected them to pass. I don’t know why people feel so strongly about (3C). There’s a real strong feeling against it,” Mark McGoff, Arvada Charter Review Committee Chairperson said on election night. 

Municipal elections for elected officials are nonpartisan, meaning that candidates may not align themselves with a particular political party. Arvada is divided into four Council districts. Residents of each district elect a Councilmember who lives within the district , while the Mayor and two other Councilmembers are elected At-Large and represent the entire City of Arvada

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