Seitz, Seymour, Smith claim Westminster seats

Posted 11/11/19

Two newcomers and an incumbent won terms on the Westminster City Council in Nov. 5’s vote. Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz won a second term on the council, claiming 11,323 votes — about …

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Seitz, Seymour, Smith claim Westminster seats

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Two newcomers and an incumbent won terms on the Westminster City Council in Nov. 5’s vote.

Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz won a second term on the council, claiming 11,323 votes — about 26.7 percent of the votes cast in the field of eight candidates.

Rich Seymour and Lindsey Smith claimed the two remaining spots, Seymour with 11,092 votes and Smith with 10,489 votes.

Seymour first ran for office in 2017, seeking the mayor’s chair. He kicked off his campaign this summer and campaigned hard, hosting meetups with constituents and even holding signs urging voters to choose him at several intersections during rush hour.

“I met even more Westminster residents than even during my first run,” he said. “The support from my neighbors and friends throughout the city has been overwhelming.”

Residents are worried about growth issues, something he brought up during the campaign.

“Many people along the Front Range are concerned about traffic, congestion, noise,” he said. “And those issues really came to settle on Westminster, just like a lot of the other suburbs.”

He pledged to work with the rest of the council, but maintain his agenda.

“The most important thing is building a coalition,” he said. “You have to work with the people, when you are sitting around the table at dinner or at a study session. And not just four people. There are decisions the council makes that need to be made with consensus.”

Smith, began her campaign earlier this year. Her 2017 bid for a City Council seat wasn’t successful — partly because she got started to late, she said.

“So this year, I started kicked off the campaign in February and that gave me more time to meet more people, gain more traction,” Smith said.

Growth and water rate issues were the biggest concerns voters raised.

“It’s not that people are opposed to growth, but the current council had made decisions which led to rezoning and put strain on our infrastructure,” she said.

The new councilors were set to be sworn in at the council’s next meeting, Nov. 11. The meeting begins with a councilor briefing at 6:30 p.m. followed by the final meeting of the outgoing council at 7 p.m.

The new council will be sworn in at a special meeting scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Votes tally

The trio held off a mixed group of legacy councilors, incumbents and newcomers to win their spots.

Former City Councilor Bruce Baker, a tough critic of Seitz and the current City Council, came in fourth place with 10,100 votes.

Incumbents Sheela Mahnke and Michele Haney — both councilors appointed to their seats last fall after three councilors resigned their positions — couldn’t muster the support for full terms. Mahnke picked up 8,815 votes and Haney 7,974 votes.

Newcomers Nick Dyer and Patricia Moore rounded out the voters tally, Dyer picking up 5,394 votes and Moore 4,635 votes.

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