Team building top concern for Northglenn’s new mayor

Meredith Leighty looks forward to working with council colleagues

Posted 11/11/19

Meredith Leighty will be Northglenn’s new mayor, claiming 44.9 percent of the vote to defeat two contestants in Nov. 5’s municipal election. Leighty picked up 3,146 votes to claim the mayor’s …

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Team building top concern for Northglenn’s new mayor

Meredith Leighty looks forward to working with council colleagues

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Meredith Leighty will be Northglenn’s new mayor, claiming 44.9 percent of the vote to defeat two contestants in Nov. 5’s municipal election.

Leighty picked up 3,146 votes to claim the mayor’s chair. She’ll replace temporary mayor Antonio Esquibel, who was named mayor this summer after Carol Dodge resigned.

Leighty said her biggest concern is to continue team building efforts with councilors that began this summer.

“I do plan to bring our council together as a team and we already have some steps in place for that to happen,” she said.

Councilors began trying to work with each other better after Dodge resigned. She wants to continue that work with the new councilors, letting each of them feel free to communicate their concerns clearly with the council and with residents.

“Part of how I’m going to leverage my leadership skills to provide space for new ideas and for people to express how they are feeling about decisions we are making as a council,” she said.

That means having a more streamlined process to help residents get their ideas to councilors — and ultimately get them implemented.

“But we also need to have a space to have open and honest communication with each other so that we maintain a healthy council,” she said.

Mark Philip Bromley picked up 2,140 votes in the Mayor’s race and former councilor Joe Brown claimed 1,718 to round out the mayor’s race.

Esquibel will return to his former seat, City Councilor for Ward 4. Esquibel claimed 811 votes, enough to give him 36.8 percent of the total cast in the field of five candidates.

Ward 4’s Mary Mondragon had 789 votes, Paul Kelly 373 votes and candidates Luke Lopez and Annelies Cunis rounded out the balloting, each claiming 114 votes.

Becky Brown claimed 714 votes to beat out her two opponent, Spencer Yale and Jay Michael Jaramillo. Jaramillo had 486 votes, Yale 478.

Ward 1 incumbent Ashley Witkovich was unopposed in her bid for a second term and newcomer Katherine Goff was unopposed in her bid for the Ward 3 seat. Goff replaces Ward 3’s Marci Whitman, who reaches her term limit this year.

Councilors are scheduled to take their oaths of office Dec. 9 during the council’s organizational meeting. The meeting is scheduled to be held in City Hall.

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