Janifer Kulmann claimed 11,316 votes to best four opponents in her Thornton mayoral bid in Nov. 5 balloting. Kulmann, who currently serves as a Ward 4 Thornton Councilor, claimed 41.9 percent of the …
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Janifer Kulmann claimed 11,316 votes to best four opponents in her Thornton mayoral bid in Nov. 5 balloting.
Kulmann, who currently serves as a Ward 4 Thornton Councilor, claimed 41.9 percent of the total vote, besting current council colleague Eric Montoya by 5,220 votes.
Kulmann could not be reached for comment following the election, but she did release a written statement the following morning.
“I am humbled and honored to have earned the support of so many neighbors across our great city,” Kulmann wrote in the statement. “I thank my opponents for running spirited campaigns and wish them success with their future endeavors.”
Kulmann has been elected twice to the City Council beginning in 2013 and her current term is set to end in 2021. Since she is midway through her second four-year term as a Ward 4 councilor, she will resign from that seat prior to being sworn in as Mayor. The city will begin an application process to find a replacement then. Councilors will interview potential candidates and select one to serve out the bulk of her term.
“The election is over and now it’s time to get to work,” she wrote in her statement. “I look forward to collaborating closely with regional leaders, community members and stakeholders to address issues facing our city and to make sure Thornton remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
Jacqueline Phillips will return to her Ward 1 seat. She bested opponent Shawn Reza 2,513 votes to 1,095.
Julia Marvin claimed 3,098 votes to win the Ward 2 seat, beating Tamara Pierce, who claimed 1,673 votes. David Acunto picked up 4,693 votes in Thornton’s Ward 3, beating opponent Jessica Troy’s 3,898.
Incumbent Ward 4 Councilor Adam Matkowsky held off opponent Curtis Kowalski to reclaim his seat, 5,006 to 3,736.
The new councilors are scheduled to swear their oaths of office Dec. 3.
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