It was all smiles at an election watch party for Mike Waid, who was voted in as the town’s new mayor.
By the end of the night, mayor-elect Mike Waid had earned 9,718 votes to opponent Lisa Coe's 6,637. Adele Laurent had 2,053 votes.
It was Waid who broke the good news to supporters. He had checked the Douglas County website early and saw the numbers posted, then quieted the crowd for the announcement. Outgoing mayor David Casiano was among those who congratulated the current council member. Waid said his ability to run a "clean, honest, positive" campaign paid off.
“What it means at end of day is if you devote yourself to the community, give selflessly of your time to the community you live in, you naturally will build support,” Waid said.
The newly elected mayor challenged Parker residents to get involved in civic causes or groups, like Rotary or the Lion's Club, to serve their hometown. He said every citizen “has the responsibility to leave Parker a better place than we found it."
Waid followed up on his campaign pledge to create an environment in which businesses can thrive. He plans to run the town like a $50 million company, with the council serving as the board of directors, Waid as board chairman and the voters as shareholders.
“The average homeowner will see a continued growth of the dividend they receive from this company called Parker, Colorado,” Waid said. “The dividend they receive is quality of life.”
Waid shared hugs with town council candidates John Diak and Joshua Rivero, who garnered 15.18 percent and 14.86 percent of the vote, respectively, and will serve for the next four years. Rivero edged fellow first-time candidate Bill Wright by 0.6 percent.
Former council member Debbie Lewis got the highest number of votes in the council race, with 8,464 – or 20.29 percent - residents casting ballots in her favor. Lewis celebrated at the Warhorse Inn, just one block away from the celebration at elev. 5900 for Waid, Diak and Rivero.
The results will not be made official until a canvass of votes later this month. Waid will be sworn in Dec. 17.