Arapahoe County election roundup (updated): Newell holding on in State Senate District 26
Democrat Linda Newell, the incumbent state senator for District 26, was leading Republican challenger Dave Kerber by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin as of Arapahoe County’s 10 p.m. Nov. 6 reporting of results.
Newell raised about $213,000 in contributions, more than double Kerber’s $106,000 as of Oct. 29, but Kerber still had a high profile in the race for the district that includes Littleton, western Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, part of Englewood, Sheridan, Columbine Valley and portions of Bow Mar.
Littleton resident Newell’s legislative service has included a focus on children’s and family issues, including child protection reform, the creation of a training academy for child welfare workers, and the creation of an ombudsman position for people dealing with the child protection system.
Kerber, a Greenwood Village resident, served four terms on city council. He worked as a lawyer before going into the public warehouse business. He touted his experience in campaigning on issues of job creation and business success.
Arapahoe County Commissioner, District 1
Nancy Doty, the Republican county clerk and recorder, held a large lead against Democrat Carrie Warren-Gully, a political newcomer, in the race for this county commissioner seat. Doty had 63 percent of the vote as of 7:30 p.m.
Doty stressed her experience in managing a government office and said her top priority would be to maintain the county’s fiscal health.
Warren-Gully, who cited her experience as a volunteer focusing on schools, also said the county’s financial stability was her top priority.
Doty reported campaign contributions of more than $50,000 through Nov. 2, and Warren-Gully raised more than $19,000.
District 1 includes Littleton, Englewood, Sheridan and western Centennial.
State House District 3
Incumbent Democrat Daniel Kagan saw his district redrawn to exclude left-leaning Denver and to now include a portion of northern Littleton and other suburban areas. He is challenged by Republican Brian Watson, a party activist, in a race made crucial as both parties try to grab the advantage in a state House that had 32 Democrats and 33 Republicans after the 2010 elections.
Kagan had 50 percent of the vote in early returns, while Watson had 46 percent.
Kagan emphasized the need for transportation infrastructure, educational opportunities and workforce training. He supported employment help for veterans and programs to assist senior citizens.
Watson came out against over-regulation as an issue in job growth, and said he would work with residents, businesses and officials to promote economic opportunity.
The district is made up of Englewood, a strip of northern Littleton, Cherry Hills Village, Sheridan and Greenwood Village.
State House District 38
Republican incumbent Kathleen Conti was faced by Democrat Donovan O’Dell for the position that Conti took from Democrat Joe Rice in the last election. Conti was handily leading with 58 percent of the vote.
Conti stressed her experience as a self-employed businesswoman and said she would focus on the issue of sales-tax remittance. She also called for more choices in education and consideration of merit pay for teachers.
Party activist O’Dell called for education funding to restore programs and reduce class size, and urged a revision of graduation standards to make sure students are prepared for college.
The district includes Littleton and western Centennial.
RTD Board of Directors, District H
Incumbent Kent Bagley was well on his way to winning another term. He received 55 percent of the vote as of 9:30 p.m..
Ken Mihalik and Tom Grushka got 29 percent and 16 percent of the vote, respectively.
The district includes Highlands Ranch, Littleton and west Centennial, among other areas.