BY FREDA MIKLIN
There were four positions up for election in Cherry Hills Village Nov. 6. The current terms of the mayor (two years) and city councilors (four years) in districts 2, 4 and 6 were at an end. The terms of the mayor and city councilors in districts 1, 3 and 5 will be up for election in November 2020.
Preliminary results have former CHV city councilor Russell Stewart defeating incumbent Mayor Laura Christman 1,974 votes to 1,713, a 7-point margin. Christman was bidding for a third two-year term. Barring any surprises from military, overseas or “cured” (signature issues) votes, Stewart is expected to assume the duties of mayor Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
In CHV District 2, newcomer Afshin Safavi appears to have bested incumbent Earl Hoellen 1,706 to 1,657, a margin of 1.46 points, or 49 votes, denying Hoellen a second four-year term.
Incumbent District 6 Councilor Katy Brown, also running for a second 4-year term, is presently eight-points ahead of challenger Zachary Bishop, 1,850 to 1,570. Brown has served since 2012, when she was appointed to fill a midterm vacancy.
Mike Gallagher, city councilor in CHV District 4, ran unopposed and is re-elected to a second term, which will also begin in January.
All votes in the CHV election, received in time and on hand, were counted by the end of the day Nov. 7. Those results are posted on the Arapahoe County clerk’s office, arapahoevotes.com.
At press time, results in the contested races are not final. Arapahoe County voters have until Wednesday, Nov. 14, to clear up signature discrepancies. provide missing signatures or provide requested photocopies of their legal ID’s so that their ballots can be included in the final count. Ballots from military and overseas voters are also due by Nov. 14 and will be counted as long as they contain valid signatures and postmarks no later than Nov. 6.
Although there is no reason to believe that final election results will change the outcome of any CHV races, the total number of voters is small enough that anything is possible. Incumbents and challengers alike have expressed a preference to wait until results are final before commenting publicly.
Russell Stewart posted a letter on his campaign website before Election Day. He said, “During the campaign it’s too easy to forget that we live in the best city in Colorado. We wake every day to stunningly beautiful vistas. Our schools, parks, trails and recreational opportunities are second-to-none. Our friends and neighbors are smart, friendly and accomplished. There is no better place to raise a family. We all want to preserve the best of what we have for our children and our children’s children.
This campaign was not about personal character. I know all the current incumbents. They are individuals of integrity who care deeply about the Village. They are volunteers who at substantial personal sacrifice have made great contributions to our community. They always act in what they believe to be the best interest of our Village, and they deserve our heartfelt thanks.”
The Villager will provide final election results next week.
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