• Councilor David DeMott received just enough votes early Tuesday for the number two spot on City Council. The dozens of votes reveal deep-seated divisions in town.

    Liam Adams

    8:45 AM MDT on May 11, 2021

    This story first appeared in a Colorado Community Media newspaper. The Colorado Sun is an owner of CCM.

    After six hours and 78 rounds of voting for the next mayor pro tem, Westminster Councilor David DeMott received just enough votes early Tuesday for the number two spot on City Council.

    The battle for mayor pro tem followed the swearing in of Westminster’s new mayor, Anita Seitz, who took up the mantle after former Mayor Herb Atchison unexpectedly resigned from his post May 5. Atchison’s departure left an even split on council, leading to the seemingly endless meeting that began on Monday and ended on Tuesday and which exposed deep local political divisions.

    There have been alliances on council among Atchison, Seitz and Councilors Kathryn Skulley and Jon Voelz. On the other side, DeMott and Councilors Rich Seymour and Lindsey Smith are aligned.

    Atchison, Seitz, Skulley and Voelz were the target of a recall campaign, with recall organizers citing the four councilors’ support for existing water rates. DeMott, Seymour and Smith have advocated for lowering water rates, garnering them support from the Westminster Water Warriors, the recall group.

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