Elections

Two incumbents and three new faces win in Lakewood 2017 election results

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Lakewood is about to see a significant shift in its city council, with a seat in each ward up for grabs and only two incumbents in the race. The winners are elected for four-year terms and will be sworn in Nov. 27.

The following are unofficial results as reported by the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's office as of 10:40 a.m. Nov. 8.

Ward 1

Ramey Johnson: 52 percent

Kyra DeGruy: 48 percent

Johnson looks to have held on to her seat in the race for Ward 1 with 6,910 votes cast.

Johnson is the first of two incumbents running for re-election, though there was some doubt about this early on in the year. In February it was determined by Lakewood's city attorney that she could run for a second full term.

Johnson proposed a moratorium on high density in July that failed to move forward through city council. She is still determined to protect existing neighborhoods and the city's businesses.

DeGruy is a Colorado native who wants to invest in affordable housing and expanding the city's open space offerings. She is project manager for Metropolitan State University of Denver, Health Professions Department.

"I found the experience really incredible, and had a fantastic team," DeGruy said. "Looking at a future for Lakewood, Ramey and I just had different visions."

Ward 2

Jacob LaBure: 58.84 percent

Charles Davis: 41.16 percent

LaBure claimed the win in the race for Ward 2 with 3,790 votes counted.

LaBure moved to the Two Creeks neighborhood after college and volunteers with 40 West Arts District, Local 17 Teamsters and the West Colfax Community Association.

Davis came to Lakewood in 1995 and has run a computer consulting, reseller and web design company with his wife for the past 22 years. He has attended many neighborhood board meetings and city meetings and completed the Lakewood Planning 101 course.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to start working on some of these issues," LaBure said. "People are concerned about growth and public safety. I'm ready to dig in and work with everyone."

Davis, who said he was very proud of his campaign, in which he ran as an independent.

"Growth and infrastructure are the big issues, and we need to invest in infrastructure," he said. "The growth initiative is a blanket approach that some people want to apply everywhere, and I don't think a blanket approach works."

Ward 3

Michael Bieda: 52.6 percent

Michael Gifford: 47.4 percent

Bieda looks to have claimed victory in the race for Ward 3 where 6,120 votes were cast.

Lakewood is Bieda's hometown, and he's been a practicing attorney for 35 years. He has served as a Colorado district court judge and as an assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado.

Gifford has a master's degree in public administration, as well as experience on the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce board of directors and Aurora Economic Development Council board of directors.

Ward 4

David Skilling: 52.79 percent

William Furman: 26.1 percent

LaDawn Sperling: 21.11 percent

In the only race with three candidates, Skilling took the win by a commanding margin of the 8,428 cast votes.

Skilling came to Colorado 22 years ago and has been working as an attorney since 2008. Another Green Mountain resident, Sperling spent 15 years working for a variety of businesses in several capacities, and in 2014 she started a real estate business. She's volunteered with the Action Center and Spay Today.

Lakewood has been Furman's home for 41 years, and he works in public architecture, buildings for college campuses and large-scale aviation projects.

"Our standpoint on development in the Green Mountain area resonated with the people in our ward," Skilling said. "People in our ward are fed up with how things are going on this side of town, and they want more say in the ward."

Furman joined the race because he was concerned about the "radical" efforts to slow growth in the city, and was concerned about the divisiveness of the campaign.

"I feel like we changed the rhetoric and the language in the campaign, and I feel good about that," he said. "There are a lot of people who have a real positive outlook for Lakewood. I am planning to stay involved and protect the things worth protecting."

A sentiment Sperling echoed.

"I've been involved in places like the Action Center, and that doesn't change," she said.

Ward 5

Karen Harrison: 53.58 percent

Nancy Pallozzi: 46.42 percent

Incumbent Harrison held on to her seat in the race for ward 5, where 6,178 ballots were cast.

Harrison is the other incumbent fighting to hold onto her seat in this election. For 35 years, she has been a small business owner of a Lakewood-based insurance agency specializing in health insurance and employee benefits. She also served on the planning commission.

Pallozzi is a 50-year Lakewood resident and a small-business owner. She spends a lot of time involved in school issues, particularly the Green Mountain High School area.

"Everyone is still mad about development, and I thought I'd come out ahead of Karen because she's been in favor of that," Pallozzi said. "But, it was a very good night for council, and I think we're going to see a new direction for a new council."

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