As the senior member of the Parker Town Council, Joshua Rivero said he is honored that citizens elected him to another term and he is glad he stayed the course. Joining Rivero on the council will be …
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As the senior member of the Parker Town Council, Joshua Rivero said he is honored that citizens elected him to another term and he is glad he stayed the course. Joining Rivero on the council will be incumbent Anne Barrington and newcomer Brandi Wilks.
With three seats open, Rivero and Barrington led the vote tallies with Wilks sliding into the third seat, defeating incumbent councilmember Cheryl Poage.
Rivero, elected to his third four-year term, said he was hurt after losing the mayoral race several years ago, but opted to continue serving on the council.
“I am glad the community is giving me another term,” he said. “People are tired of anger and just really want to get things done here.”
While Poage did not return calls for comment, Mayor Jeff Toborg said he has valued his time with the departing councilmember. Toborg said Poage has served the community for decades, calling her one of Parker’s founding members.
“Cheryl has served the Town of Parker for 50 years,” he said. “She has been a force. I will miss her advice, although I am sure I will continue to receive it. I am proud to have worked with one of Parker’s founders.”
Toborg said he is excited to continue serving with Rivero and Barrington and believes Wilks will bring fresh ideas and serve as a good addition to the six-member voting council.
While campaigning, Wilks teamed up with Rivero and Barrington with signs posted throughout the community to elect the three together.
Wilks will join the council as a town legacy. Wilks ran for election two years ago but was defeated. Learning from the experience, Wilks, who is a third-generation Parker resident, said she joined more community boards, got more involved and got educated.
Wilks said that effort led to her success in getting elected to her first four-year term.
“This is wonderful, and I am so excited,” she said. “It is my turn to carry the family legacy of perfecting what is best for Parker.”
Throughout the campaign, growth and smart development have been a primary focus, as Parker continues to grow along with Castle Rock and the rest of Douglas County.
The council recently approved a major development agreement with Confluence Companies to rejuvenate downtown. The nearly $60 million investment project was approved in a 5-1 vote by the council, including yes votes from Rivero and Barrington. Wilks said had she been on the board, she too would have said yes.
Poage voted against the measure, saying it was too much and citizens should vote.
Rivero said developing Parker is going to help keep “Parker people in Parker.” Rivero said Lone Tree and other neighboring communities are taking similar steps to bring more daytime business and opportunity to downtown businesses.
Working with Confluence, Rivero said, will give Parker the same opportunities for success.
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