Here are the first returns in the races to serve on the Regional Transportation District board as the transit agency faces its biggest crisis in decades:
In District A, covering central and east Denver, incumbent Kate Williams is out in front of challenger Tim Nelson 52.6% to 32.9% with 46% of the vote counted. Fellow challenger Kyle Bradel is in third with 14.5% of the vote.
In District H, incumbent Doug Tisdale, the former mayor of Cherry Hills Village, is leading challenger Regan Byrd 41.8% to 32.2% in the race to represent the south metro suburbs from Cherry Hills to Highlands Ranch. Roger Edwards is in third with 26% of the vote with 54% of the results reported.
In the District G race between incumbent Ken Mihalik, an aerospace contractor, and challenger Julien Bouquet, a teacher, Bouquet is in front 53.9% to 46.1% with 58% of votes tallied. District G covers the southeastern portion of the metro area including Lone Tree, Parker and pieces of Castle Rock.
Four other seats on RTD’s 15-member board were up for grabs in the 2020 election but the candidates in Districts D, E, F and M were all ran unopposed. An eighth spot, for District I, was excluded from ballots because no candidates qualified. Last week, the Boulder County commission appointed Erik Davidson, who lives in Broomfield and is CEO of a small business, to fill the upcoming vacancy.
RTD is facing a massive budget shortfall after the coronavirus pandemic caused ridership to plummet this year. The candidates in this year’s board election have proposed different ways to address the financial hole.
Beyond that, the agency is being dogged by unmet promises to deliver rail service to communities like Boulder and Longmont, and an outside advisory committee is reviewing its operations and effectiveness.
Denver Post staff writer Jon Murray contributed to this report.
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