Castle Pines residents voted on who will be the mayor and who will fill three council seats in the election that ended Tuesday.
By 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, in partial returns, the only clear competitive winner in partial returns was council incumbent Roger Hudson, who was well out in front of opponent Merri Sheh for the District 3 seat, enjoying a 42 percentage point margin. Sheh moved to Castle Pines last year.
And Chris Eubanks was unopposed in council District 1, with Mayor Pro Tem Melissa Coudeyras opting not to seek re-election.
Other races remained close.
Mayor and council seats are four-year terms in Castle Pines.
City residents chose from among three mayoral candidates. Incumbent Tera Radloff sought a second term as mayor. Challenging Radloff were David McEntire, who is president of the Castle Pines North Metro District, and Councilmember Tracy Engerman.
The three-way contest for mayor was still very close at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, with McEntire leading by less than 2 percentage points over incumbent Radloff in second place; Engerman was narrowly in third place.
Following charter rules, if McEntire is successful, he would have to resign from his position with the metro district.
Prior to serving as mayor, Radloff served as a council member in District 1 for two terms.
Engerman, who is currently in her first term in District 3, said she opted to take on the challenge of running for mayor instead of seeking re-election, choosing “courage over comfort.”
If Engerman were to win, Castle Pines City Clerk Tobi Duffey said Engerman would have to resign from her council post, after which the council would have 90 days to appoint a replacement or call for a special election.
In council District 2, incumbent Ben Price faced challenger Chuck Lowen, currently a director of the Castle Pines North Mero District.
At 11:15 p.m., Price was running ahead of Lowen by about 5-1/2 points.
Lowen and McEntire ran as a team in the election. Like McEntire, if Lowen is successful, he would be required to resign from the metro district.
The next council will lead a city that continues to work through growing pains since incorporating in 2008.
One of the biggest hot-button issues in the race has been the need to improve roadways throughout the city. This year, the council moved forward with a road rehabilitation plan.
Candidates such as McEntire and Lowen applauded this year’s council efforts, but said it took too long to address the issues.
Candidates also debated issues surrounding how to proceed with the city’s parks and recreation programs.
Besides having the City Council managing incorporated areas, Castle Pines is unique in that is managed by four separate metro districts, including the North Metro District, which oversaw a recent election to become part of Parker Water services.
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