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Thousands of ballots remain to be counted. But early returns show a solid night for center-lane candidates like Kettle and Lewis. Especially in districts where progressive candidates have struggled, late ballot counts could still prove favorable.
Boulder, bastion of progressive politics and home to a chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, almost elected a former Republican as its mayor. At least that’s what it looked like for about 24 hours, when City Councilmember Bob Yates held a slight lead over his opponents in the city’s first ranked choice voting election.
But now, Brockett — a self-described liberal Democrat and incumbent mayor who has served on the City Council since 2015 — appears to have locked up the job after voters’ second and third choices were counted. Yates finished a distant fourth and Tweedlie, a political newcomer endorsed by the city’s progressives, came in sixth. The results showed a big shift to the left in municipal politics and are a window into how ranked choice voting could change elections. It will take several days for Boulder County to finalize the results.
In a field of 16 candidates in Denver’s mayoral race, no one received enough votes to win outright. So the top two vote-getters advance to a runoff on Tuesday. In this case, former state senator Mike Johnston and Kelly Brough, CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, are facing off for the job.
Both campaigns touted their experience and track record, but they differed on how best to address the city’s most pressing issues. Among those were crime, homelessness and affordability.
Amid a heated campaign, 9News hosted two well-crafted debates that steered crowded stages of candidates through substantive conversations about their policies while also giving them room to bluster and attack. And voters appear ready for a change in leadership.
A tax increase for the repair and maintenance of county roads was approved in Douglas County on Tuesday. The ballot measure passed with 69% of the vote. It will add $0.25 to the cost of a gallon of fuel sold in the county.
Early Election Day results show that the conservative majority on the Douglas County School District board of education could lose two seats this year. Communications professional Susan Meek has a slight lead in her bid for reelection to her District A seat, while airline captain Andy Jones is leading in his District B race. The conservative District C incumbent, IT professional Jason Page, is also up for reelection. He has the early lead over attorney Brad Geiger and cyber security professional Maria Sumnicht.
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