Denver voters cast ballots Tuesday in City Council district contests that could help reshape the lawmaking body — though early results showed runoffs appeared likely in four races.
All seats were up on the 13-seat council, including 11 positions elected from geographic districts throughout the city. The other two seats are elected at large.
At least three new district-based council members were guaranteed after incumbents either opted not to run or were prevented from doing so by term limits. Both at-large members also were term-limited.
To avoid a runoff on June 6, the winning candidate in any district must receive an outright majority. This election is the first under a redistricting plan approved last year.
Three incumbents ran unopposed for new terms on Tuesday: Jamie Torres, the current council president, in west Denver’s District 3; Paul Kashmann in near-southeast District 6; and Stacie Gilmore in far-northeast District 11. Kashmann and Gilmore each will serve the third and final term allowed under Denver’s term limits.
First-term Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval is seeking reelection to represent northwest neighborhoods, from Sloan’s Lake to Highland to Chaffee Park. She is challenged by Ava Truckey, a business owner and community organizer.
As of 7 p.m., Sandoval was leading with 6,656 votes (82%) to Truckey’s 1,457 votes (18%).
Second-term Councilman Kevin Flynn is seeking reelection to represent far-southwest neighborhoods, from Harvey Park and a portion of Mar Lee south to Marsten. He is challenged by Tiffany Caudill, a community advocate and consultant, and Chris Herr, a sustainability director.
As of 7 p.m, Flynn was leading with 5,264 votes (76%). Caudill had 1,056 votes (15%) and Herr had 616 votes (8.9%).
This race was open after two-term Councilwoman Kendra Black opted not to seek another term. The district spans far-southeast neighborhoods from Wellshire and University Hills to Hampden South. Running are Tony Pigford, an educator and advocate, and Diana Romero Campbell, the president and CEO of an education nonprofit.
As of 7 p.m., Romero Campbell was leading with 4,684 votes (56%) to Pigford’s 3,626 votes (44%).
First-term Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer is seeking reelection to represent east neighborhoods from Country Club and Cherry Creek to Lowry and Windsor. She is challenged by Michael Hughes, a professional mediator.
As of 7 p.m., Sawyer was leading with 7,859 votes (65%) to Hughes’ 4,255 votes (35%).
This race was open after second-term Councilman Jolon Clark decided not to seek another term. The mostly south-Denver district spans neighborhoods from Speer and a portion of Capitol Hill south to Ruby Hill, Overland and Rosedale. Running in the crowded race are Flor Alvidrez, a small business owner; Nick Campion, a software CEO; Adam Estroff, a sales consultant; Arthur May, a software product manager; and Guy Padgett, an operations director for a news website.
As of 7 p.m., Alvidrez had 2,721 votes (37%), Estroff had 1,342 votes (18.5%), Campion had 1,321 votes (18.2%), Padgett had 1,251 votes (17% percent) and May had 628 votes (8.7%).
This race was open because third-term Councilman Chris Herndon was term-limited from running again. The northeast district includes Northeast Park Hill, East Colfax, Central Park and a portion of Montbello. Running in the crowded race are Tyler Drum, a nonprofit fundraiser; Shontel Lewis, a small business owner and former Regional Transportation District board director; Brad Revare, a nonprofit leader; Christian Steward, a community advocate; and Leslie Twarogowski, the director of a business improvement district.
As of 7 p.m., Revare had 2,472 votes (37%), Lewis had 2,096 votes (31%), Twarogowski had 953 votes (14%), Drum had 647 votes (9.6%) and Steward had 540 votes (8%).
First-term Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca is seeking reelection to represent a north district that includes Five Points, Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Clayton and a portion of Park Hill. She is challenged by Kwon Atlas, a nonprofit director, and Darrell Watson, a small business owner.
As of 7 p.m., Watson had 3,448 (46%), CdeBaca had 3,216 votes (43%) and Atlas had 857 votes (11%).
First-term Councilman Chris Hinds is seeking reelection to represent central neighborhoods from downtown and Golden Triangle to City Park West and Congress Park. He is challenged by Shannon Hoffman, a nonprofit administrator; Noah Kaplan, an educator; and Margie Morris, a social impact consultant.
As of 7 p.m., Hinds had 3,319 votes (39%), Kaplan had 2,216 votes (26%), Hoffman had 1,856 votes (22%) and Morris had 1,149 votes (13%).
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