UPDATED 7:40 a.m., Nov. 10.
Unofficial results in the Nov. 7 Englewood municipal election show Kim Wright will fill an at-large seat on the Englewood City Council for a two-year term.
An update released at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 by Arapahoe County shows:
Kim Wright: 3,094 votes, or 40.55%
Michael Chisholm: 2,116 votes, or 27.73%
Brenda Hubka: 1,697 votes, or 22.24%
Peter Eckel: 723 votes, or 9.48%
“I am thrilled to represent the city and the residents of Englewood for the next two years,” Wright said.
Wright is thankful to all who voted for her and she “humbly says thank you.”
“This was a hard fought battle and I am truly honored that the residents of Englewood have entrusted me to do the tasks set forth, to do what’s right and to have the hard conversations. Grassroots efforts make a difference and your voice mattered,” Wright said.
Wright said she hopes the new council will come together and “listen to the voices of those that elected” them.
“I am hopeful that we will work together for the best interests of the city, not for individual interests. I hope that we can revisit the portions of CodeNext that were changed at the last minute,” Wright said. “I hope that we will continue to see our judge chosen by election. I hope that we can make the long overdue improvements to our infrastructure so that we may begin the revitalization of CityCenter.”
Hubka said she is thankful to the citizens of Englewood who voted for her.
“I am grateful for the support I received during my campaign, and the neighbors I met that share my vision. I won’t forget the like-minded people in the city of Englewood and the goals we hope to achieve one day,” Hubka said. “I am also grateful that I can continue to serve Englewood as a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission, and Englewood Unleashed. It is very satisfying to participate in civic affairs, and I hope all of you at one time in your lives give a try.”
City Clerk Stephaine Carlile said the results will be certified on Nov. 28 and the new members will be sworn in at the council’s regular meeting on Dec. 4.
Hubka said she was inspired to run for city council at-large after seeing challenges brought on by the recall-election drive, which ended on Oct. 3 with all targets of the recall keeping their seats.
“Our city recently faced a disinformation campaign aimed at instilling fear among our citizens, with the intention of obstructing our progress and derailing our forward momentum,” Hubka said. “This deceptive campaign sought to overhaul our leadership structure, a change that could potentially hinder homeownership opportunities for our lower and middle-class population.”
The recall took place days after the current Englewood City Council approved the controversial and major issue of the CodeNext project in a Sep. 25 meeting.
The ordinance, which features changes to the Unified Development Code, took effect on Oct. 26 despite an attempt at a referendum petition by residents Kurt Suppes, Sandra Kettelhut, Gary Kozacek and Davon Williams, who had until 10:09 p.m. on Oct. 26 to submit 1,466 valid signatures but failed to do so.
CodeNext had been a point of contention in the community for months and inspired the attempted recall of four city council members including District 1 Councilmember Othoniel Sierra, District 2 Councilmember Chelsea Nunnenkamp and District 3 Councilman Joe Anderson. Former At-Large Council Member Cherly Wink also faced recall but resigned in July.
Michael Chisholm is thankful for those who voted for him and he hopes the community be more united going forward.
“I hope that Englewood will come together in growing its way into the 21st century. I hope that Englewood will take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves for a sustainable future,” Chisholm said.
Chisholm said he decided to run because he wanted to utilize his experience and skills as a “servant leader” to assist with the growth of Englewood.
“I believe that Englewood is a gem in the Front Range metro area. Opportunities for sustainable growth abound, but where and how we grow will require vision,” Chisholm said.
Peter Eckel said he decided to run so he could enhance the community through public service.
“Part of what makes Englewood unique is its big city characteristics with the feel of a small, close-knit community,” Eckel said. “Our city council needs a capable and strong leader who can work and deliver results in partnership with city staff and our community.”
To view the results visit www.arapahoevotes.com.
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