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Douglas County Republicans have spoken: County Treasurer Diane Holbert will fill the vacancy left by David Weaver and serve as the District 1 county commissioner through January, when Weaver’s term was set to end.
“I’ve been working for you for the past 15 years,” she told the Douglas County Republican Central Vacancy Committee. “My heart is here and I will work hard to ensure that our quality of life befits our beautiful community.”
The Douglas County Republican Party vacancy committee gathered April 9 at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch to fill the opening created on the three-member Douglas County Board of Commissioners when Weaver accepted an appointment from President Donald Trump as Colorado’s United States marshal.
Weaver served as the District 1 county commissioner since 2014. Prior to that, he served with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years, including two terms as sheriff.
His District 1 seat — which serves Parker and Lone Tree — was already up for election this year, for which candidates were gearing up when news of his appointment broke.
Weaver said in a March news release he’d planned to run for another term before learning of his appointment as marshal.
Weaver was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 20. Douglas County Republicans had 10 days from April 1, the date Weaver vacated office, to fill his seat or the task would fall to Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The vacancy committee comprises about 360 board members, elected officials, district captains and precinct leaders within the party. There were 271 eligible voting members present April 9, about 80 percent of the committee and well above the 166 needed for a quorum.
The commissioner position comes with an annual salary of $120,485.
The Republican candidates for the post, Holbert and Abe Laydon, were the two nominees of the night. They needed 50 percent of the votes plus one in order to become Weaver’s interim successor.
Holbert, of Parker, is serving her second term as treasurer and previously worked in the real estate finance industry. The treasurer post is now vacant. The process to fill the position was not immediately clear.
Laydon is a two-term Douglas County planning commissioner, has held positions within the party and works as a land-use attorney.
Holbert held a slight lead over Laydon at the Douglas County Republican Party Assembly, where she received 200 delegate votes compared to Laydon’s 182.
Both are on the June primary ballot, as well as Democratic candidate Mary Lynch.
Holbert and Laydon each touted their strengths and vision for Douglas County to the vacancy committee April 9. Laydon promised a fresh face and new perspective on local government, vowing to use his experience as a land-use attorney to thoroughly vet development proposals that come to commissioners.
Holbert relied on her background as treasurer and someone already in county government. As a commissioner, she said, she’d keep spending restrained, never grow government and work to ensure smart growth as the county continues to develop.
“I am the only candidate with extensive leadership and management experience,” she told the committee.
The final vacancy committee vote was 148-123 in Holbert’s favor. She was immediately sworn in by a judge following the announcement. Laydon congratulated his opponent’s victory but said his campaign would be working hard to ensure they took home the win at the primary.
Meanwhile, Holbert was ready for work. The commissioners’ upcoming business meeting was the next afternoon.
“I’ve already studied the packets,” she said, adding she looked forward to working with Commissioners Roger Partridge and Lora Thomas. “I think that we’ll make a great team.”
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