Results in for Arvada mayoral race

Posted 11/5/19

Election results counted as of 10:09 a.m., Nov. 8 show candidate Marc Williams has taken this year's three-candidate race for mayor.

Williams earned 44.9% of the vote, while candidate Harriet Hall …

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Results in for Arvada mayoral race

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Election results counted as of 10:09 a.m., Nov. 8 show candidate Marc Williams has taken this year's three-candidate race for mayor.

Williams earned 44.9% of the vote, while candidate Harriet Hall earned 37.5%. The third candidate, Dave Palm, has 17.6%.

Countywide, more than 99% of ballots have been counted.

In the mayoral race, 39,834 votes have been counted.

The mayor represents the entire city as one of seven members on council, in addition to presiding over council meetings and executing other duties. The Arvada mayor and councilmembers are elected to four-year terms and can serve up to three terms in the same seat.

The seat is currently held by Williams, who is running for his third term. Before being elected to the mayoral seat in 2011, he served as a councilmember at-large, elected in 1999.

Hall’s previous experience includes 34 years working as chief executive officer for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. She is a member of the Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Community Table Board of Directors.

"No matter what happens, I made a difference in Arvada and I'll continue to do so," Hall said. "I have an amazing team of volunteers. They've been wonderful."

Palm, who ran for a city council at-large seat in 2017, is a local small business owner who serves on the Arvada Historical Society.

One standout difference between the three candidates lies in their positions on the Jefferson Parkway. The planned toll road will run through northwest Arvada along the former Rocky Flats site, where a government cleanup was ordered decades ago to rid the soil of nuclear contaminants. Some residents and local officials have questioned whether the parkway project will stir up residual contamination and endanger nearby individuals.

With soil studies underway to test contamination levels, parkway planners – the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA), made up of Jefferson County, Arvada and Broomfield – are awaiting direction on the project from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

If the government greenlights the project, Williams would favor moving forward with the current parkway plans.

But Hall and Palm have said that, if elected, they would pursue changing the plans to better address concerns they have heard from Arvadans.

The candidates also differ on the Urban Renewal Authority, established to address blighted areas in Arvada. While Williams and Hall believe the authority should continue in some capacity, Palm believes the authority should be retired.

"I'm pleased our positive message carried weight," Williams said. "People are happy here in Arvada."

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