All but guaranteeing an eventful local election season, Anita Seitz announced her bid for Westminster mayor. Seitz, the current mayor pro tem on Westminster City Council, will face off against former …
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All but guaranteeing an eventful local election season, Anita Seitz announced her bid for Westminster mayor.
Seitz, the current mayor pro tem on Westminster City Council, will face off against former Mayor Nancy McNally, who announced her bid in September. The presence of Seitz and McNally in the race ensures that water rates and city development will be front and center issues.
“I believe that it is our responsibility to ensure Westminster is a thriving community now and in the future. That's why I focus on sustainability. Sustainability is making sure that decisions we make today don't negatively impact future generations,” Seitz said in a video announcing her bid.
Seitz is a proponent of current water rates for the upkeep of existing infrastructure and investment in future utility needs. The mayor pro tem's support of water rate increases in 2018 spurred a recall movement against her, Mayor Herb Atchison and Councilors Kathryn Skulley and Jon Voelz. The Westminster Water Warriors recently filed suit against the city to overturn the city clerk's decision to reject recall petitions based on invalid signatures.
McNally has already positioned herself as a vocal critic of current water rates and the councilors who supported the increases.
In her announcement video, Seitz signaled that she won't make water the sole focus of her campaign. Her other priorities include strategic city planning, employment, affordable housing, support for local schools and preserving open space. She also noted how the COVID-19 pandemic and financial crisis has devastated the local economy.
After serving on the city council for seven years, Seitz said, “I know my experience, my knowledge and passion for the community will help lead us through these unprecedented times and help you to move the city forward.”
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