Come November, Westminster residents will have the responsibility of voting for a new mayor to replace Nancy McNally, who’s been the city leader since 2005. Three candidates have stepped up to the challenge, all current city councilors.
Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs and Mary Lindsey are running for the position of mayor. Councilor Scott Major was in the running, before pulling out of the race on Sept. 10 due to personal reasons. Each candidate has his or her own strengths and experience but it will be up to the community of Westminster to choose the best candidate for mayor.
A Westminster resident for 34 years, Atchison was first voted to city council in 1997 and served two terms. After being term-limited he left council and returned in 2011. Before serving on council, he was a member of the Westminster Planning Commission and also served on the Jefferson County Economic Development Council and the Adams County Economic Development Council. He is currently an adjunct professor at Colorado Christian University and is an independent consultant in construction management.
“I want to ensure that Westminster remains a safe and great place to live for not only my children, grandchildren and family members, but also for the other residents and business people who have chosen to be in Westminster,” he said.
Atchison said because of his 30 years of service in Westminster and experience in project management, he’s committed to serving the city and its residents. He said his experience gives him an insight into the operations and daily issues of the city that no other candidate has.
“My professional background in project management has afforded me the opportunity to work with many types of companies and organizations where the experience of managing projects in excess of $400 million can be utilized for the benefit of Westminster,” he said.
Candidate Briggs moved to Westminster in 1943. He was elected to city council in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. Briggs served as an Adams County commissioner from 1979 to 1983, was a director for the Regional Transpiration District from 1999 to 2002 and was a Colorado state representative from 2003 to 2005. He was also a CEO for several small businesses for 50 years.
Briggs said after being re-elected in 2011 for city council he would also run for the mayor.
“I am honored to have known the last 15 men and women who have done a good job leading this city and making it what it is today,” he said. “My hope is, if elected, I can do as good a job as they have done.”
For Briggs, he says experience and vision are what sets him apart. He said experience as an elected official and serving on volunteer boards have taught him how to lead with a vision for Westminster.
“I have seen the opening of the Denver-Boulder Turnpike in 1952 and the expansion of the water in Standley Lake,” he said. “All of these efforts relates to the vision for tomorrow. I have the passion and time to accomplish carry out that vision.”
Choosing to raise her family in Westminster, Lindsey and her late husband bought a home in Westminster in the late 1970’s. She was elected to city council in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. She’s represented the city on multiple levels and has also been a member of the city Environmental Advisory Board since 2004 and also serves on the Policy Committee for the Colorado Municipal League.
Lindsey is the owner of an accounting and income tax business and is the event director/owner of Denver Ballroom Dancing. She said she’s running for mayor to continue her leadership role to keep the city a “wonderful place to live, work and raise families.”
“We strive to provide a safe and secure environment that’s financially strong and sustainable with vibrant neighbors where there is community involvement and business partnerships and retention,” she said.
Lindsey said because of her involvement in the city at various levels over the years and serving on council since 2005, she believes her knowledge, experience and partnerships she developed have prepared her to be the next mayor.
“I manage my own small businesses from home and my schedule remains flexible to attend meetings,” she said. “I am available and responsive to my citizens.”