As term-limited Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay steps down, it appears the city's voters have chosen Bud Starker as her replacement.
As of 10:40 a.m., with all precincts reporting, Starker had 53.89 percent of the vote to his challenger Joe DeMott's 46.11 percent, with 8,027 votes cast.
"I'm very gratified that the citizens of Wheat Ridge have elected me their mayor," Starker said, adding that he planned to work with all members of the soon-to-be new city council.
"Good ideas comes from all directions," he said.
Starker enjoyed the endorsement of Jay, as well as Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a former Applewood resident. Starker has lived in Wheat Ridge since 1975. He began working carpentry in college, before starting his own construction company. He previously served on city council 2011-2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science form CU Boulder.
A Wheat Ridge native, DeMott is the owner of Pietra’s Pizzeria. A Wheat Ridge High School graduate, class of 1990, DeMott was a founding member of the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce. He has served as chair of the Carnation Festival and on the city council.
He could not be reached for comment on Election Night.
DeMott's strongest support came from Precinct 27, where he was beating Starker 727 votes to 665.
Overall voter turnout in this year's election was a bit lower than in 2015, when the citywide race for treasurer garnered 8,782 votes.
Starker and winners of the Wheat Ridge City Council race will be sworn in at City Hall on Nov. 13.