Who will be Castle Pines’ next mayor continued to be up in the air at press time, with just a few dozen votes separating the three candidates several days after the election ended Nov. 2.
As of Nov. 8, Councilmember Tracy Engerman was narrowly leading with 1,742 votes, followed by current Mayor Tera Radloff with 1,716 and David McEntire, who is currently the president of the Castle Pines North Metro District, with 1,637.
On Nov. 5, Douglas County election officials said they still had nearly 400 Castle Pines ballots to county and verify in the close race. And on Nov. 8, Castle Pines Town Clerk Tobi Duffey said a winner is likely to be decided by Nov. 12.
Duffey said election officials are currently going through ballots with questionable signatures, giving voters until Nov. 12 to fix the issues for their votes to be counted.
On election night, McEntire took a slim lead that he kept until Nov. 4. With tallies updated early evening each business day, Engerman took a small lead over Radloff and McEntire dropped into third place as of the News-Press deadline.
If Engerman, who said she chose “courage over comfort,” is successful in her bid for mayor, she will be giving up her District 3 council seat. Duffey said at that point, the council will be required to appoint someone to finish out Engerman’s term or call for a special election to fill the open seat.
With the vote count being so close, celection officials said an automatic recount is required if the difference between the highest number of votes cast in an election contest and the next highest number of votes in the same contest is less than or equal to 0.5%. Under this circumstance, the Colorado Secretary of State would order a recount within 25 days.
In council elections, outcomes were clearer.
District 3 Councilmember Roger Hudson easily won re-election, defeating newcomer Merri Sheh. As of Nov. 8, Hudson led Sheh with 71% of the total votes cast. Hudson currently serves alongside Engerman in District 3.
In the District 2 race, incumbent Councilmember Ben Price came out ahead of challenger Chuck Lowen, who was running as a ticket with mayoral candidate David McEntire. As for Nov. 8, Price was leading the race with about 56% of the votes, with Lowen trailing at 44%.
Price will continue serving with Councilmember Kevin Rants in District 2.
In District 1, Chris Eubanks ran unopposed to secure his first four-year term. Mayor Pro Tem Melissa Coudeyras opted not to seek reelection. In District 1, Eubanks will join sitting Councilmember Deborah Mulvey.
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