This story was updated at 10 a.m. Nov. 8.
In a very tight Idaho Springs City Council race, Lisa Manifold and James Clark were the two candidates to secure the two Ward I seats.
As of the morning of Nov. 8, Manifold had gained the most votes in Ward I with 146 votes, incumbent Clark had 133 votes and outgoing Councilmen Art Caccavale was at 123 votes.
In Ward II, Jeremy Jones won an uncontested race for two seats with 142 votes.
Idaho Springs will post a notice in the Clear Creek Courant in the coming weeks soliciting “letters of interest” for the second seat in Ward II.
Elected Council members will be sworn in to office on Jan. 9, 2024.
The second seat in Ward II will be determined by the Council after exploring the letters of interest submitted by residents, according to Deputy City Clerk Wonder Martell.
Meanwhile, in the uncontested result for Idaho Springs Treasurer, long-time city employee Diane Breece has received enough votes to secure the job.
“I’m very excited and very humble,” Manifold said. “We have a lot of challenges facing Idaho Springs I’m very proud to be part of working through those challenges with everyone.”
Business owner and Idaho Springs resident Clark said he’s “looking forward to again serving the community and making constituent-based decisions with the elected board.”
“That’s too bad, we had a lot of work to do in council,” Caccavale said with the majority of the vote in. “So, very disappointed. We had such a good thing going in the current council. I’m afraid things might go differently now.”
Of 7,590 active voters in Clear Creek County, 3,300 ballots or 43.48% have been returned and counted.
Community elections are dynamic, so this story may be updated as new information becomes available.