Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Election unkind to incumbent Councilors

Posted by on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Now with another few hundred votes in — and, we would guess, only a few hundred more left to be counted — Helen Collins has opened up her lead over Deborah Hendrix in District 4 to almost exactly 300 votes (2,243 to 1,944). Andres Pico's lead over David Moore in District 6 has slimmed slightly, but still stands at more than 100 votes (3,767 to 3,652).

Assuming things stay as they are, your new Council looks like this:

District 1: Don Knight
District 2: Joel Miller
District 3: Keith King
District 4: Helen Collins
District 5: Jill Gaebler
District 6: Andres Pico
At-large: Merv Bennett
At-large: Jan Martin
At-large: Val Snider

——- ORIGINAL POST, 8:02 P.M. ——-

Current City Councilors Tim Leigh, Angela Dougan, Brandy Williams and Bernie Herpin are out; arch-conservative Helen Collins may have pulled a surprise in District 4; and District 6 is too close to call.

That's the way it looked as of 7:30 p.m., when the Colorado Springs City Clerk's Office released its first batch of unofficial results in the 2013 municipal election. Those numbers also indicate that there'll be no ballot-issue surprises, with TOPS reallocation a yes, and a Council pay increase a no.

The numbers aren't final, with City Clerk Sarah Johnson telling Indy reporter Pam Zubeck before 8 p.m. that some votes still are being counted. (Another set of numbers is due anytime.) But given that city spokesperson Cindy Aubrey was estimating a 38 percent turnout late this afternoon, and that the numbers below represent 35.84 percent, it would appear that Districts 1 through 3, and District 5, are pretty much decided.

Here are the results:

Don Knight

District 1
Julie Naye . . . . . . . . . . 960 (6.33%)
Tim Leigh . . . . . . . . . . 3,015 (19.89%)
Linda Mojer. . . . . . . . . . 880 (5.81%)
Don Knight . . . . . . . . . . 8,481 (55.95%)
Joe Barrera. . . . . . . . . . 1,822 (12.02%)

Council District 2
Angela Dougan . . . . . . . . . 4,435 (39.07%)
Joel Miller. . . . . . . . . . 5,936 (52.30%)
Bill Murray. . . . . . . . . . 979 (8.63%)

Joel Miller

Council District 3
Tom Gallagher . . . . . . . . . 1,038 (7.66%)
Jim Bensberg . . . . . . . . . 2,222 (16.41%)
Bob Kinsey . . . . . . . . . . 491 (3.63%)
Brandy Williams . . . . . . . . 4,454 (32.89%)
Keith King . . . . . . . . . . 5,339 (39.42%)

Council District 4
Gary L. Flakes. . . . . . . . . 220 (4.11%)
Deborah Hendrix . . . . . . . . 1,865 (34.80%)
Dennis R. Moore . . . . . . . . 1,133 (21.14%)
Helen Collins . . . . . . . . . 2,141 (39.95%)

Council District 5
Bernie Herpin . . . . . . . . . 4,443 (31.65%)
Roger McCarville . . . . . . . . 3,420 (24.36%)
Jill Gaebler . . . . . . . . . 5,031 (35.84%)
Al Loma . . . . . . . . . . . 1,144 (8.15%)

Jill Gaebler
Council District 6
Andres G. Pico. . . . . . . . . 3,672 (34.25%)
David H. Moore. . . . . . . . . 3,540 (33.02%)
Ed Bircham . . . . . . . . . . 3,509 (32.73%)

Here are the numbers on Issue 1, the TOPS question (with "yes" indicating support for financial reallocation):
YES: 53,039 (71.65%)
NO: 20,983 (28.35%)

And Issue 2, Council pay (with "yes" indicating support for a raise from $6,250 per year to $48,000 per year):
YES: 14,879 (20.17%)
NO: 58,896 (79.83%)

King will probably get headlines for winning the most expensive Council race. Knight and Miller, both relative political neophytes, are noteworthy in how soundly they defeated Leigh and Dougan, respectively. But the biggest surprise may be Collins, who despite a failed Council run two years ago, lacks the name recognition of Hendrix, who's served as president of Harrison School District 2's board of education for years.

To keep up with the results yourself, refresh the clerk's page.

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