Toborg declares victory in race for Parker mayor

Rivero trailed by 2 percentage points

Nick Puckett
npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/3/20

Early vote totals show Jeff Toborg leads the three-way race for mayor of Parker, as of 7:14 p.m., according to the Colorado Secretary of State. The initial results put Toborg ahead with 43% of the …

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Toborg declares victory in race for Parker mayor

Rivero trailed by 2 percentage points

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Early vote totals showed Jeff Toborg leading the three-way race for mayor of Parker, as of 9:07 p.m. Election Night, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.

The preliminary results put Toborg ahead with 43.0% of the vote. Joshua Rivero had 41.0% of the vote. Jonathan Bollefer had 16.0%. That round of of election results tallied the votes at 29,077.

Toborg declared victory "100%" on Election Night, Nov. 3. Rivero declined to comment and did not concede.

Toborg believes his lead will hold after the final count. At least two new town councilmembers will be elected and the town will hold a special election to decide on an interim councilmember to fill another seat. If Toborg's lead holds, the town council will have a fourth open seat to fill.

Toborg said his apparent win sets the stage for "rebuilding the Parker government."

"I'm excited to rebuild that from the ground up," Toborg said Nov. 3. "This is what the people of Parker wanted. They wanted change. They wanted something different."

Toborg believes voters resonated with his message.

"The three fundamentals were economic development, it was about getting us out of RTD (the Regional Transportation District) ... and it's the tax," Toborg said. "People in Parker feel the burden of tax, and anything we can do to lessen that burden ... is something we'll have to look at and something council will have to look at."

For live updates on Parker's municipal election, visit the Colorado Secretary of State website, sos.state.co.us, and see the heading "2020 General Election: See the results" for links to vote totals.

Parker's newly elected officials will be sworn in Dec. 14, according to a town spokesperson.

Parker, incorporated in 1981, has had six mayors: Dean Salisbury (1981-88), Ann Waterman (1988-92), Greg Lopez (1992-96), Gary Lasater (1996-2004), David Casiano (2004-12) and Mike Waid (2012-20).

Town council colleagues Rivero and Toborg were favored to lead the race since launching their campaigns in August.

Rivero promised to promote unity among Parker residents and transparency between the town government and the people. Rivero received a public endorsement from Waid, as well as several small business leaders in town.

Toborg was elected to Parker Town Council vowing to bring change to the council dais. Toborg and Councilmember Cheryl Poage often side together on issues that come before the council and are often the only two “no” votes on a given item. Toborg and Poage both announced their candidacies this summer. Poage bowed out before the race began due to personal reasons, she said, and endorsed Toborg.

Toborg advocated for the repeal of the town's sales tax on food items, dubbed the “grocery tax,” and received endorsements from a political committee, along with three town council candidates, primarily made up of former members of the “Save PACE Parking and Pine Curve” group, who in 2019 challenged the town's plans for two downtown developments.

Toborg, 50, was elected to Parker Town Council in 2018, receiving 13% of the vote and coming in second behind Cheryl Poage (14%). Toborg is an IT executive for the health-care side of CSG Government Solutions, a program modernization consulting firm for governments.

Toborg ran unsuccessfully for Parker Town Council in 2016, one year after he and his family moved to Colorado from California.

Toborg first campaigned for public office when he was 18 years old, when he ran for city council in his hometown of Lemoore, California, in 1988. Toborg ran three times for the seat before being elected at 24, making him the youngest councilmember in the city's history. He served for two years.

Toborg graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California, with a degree in economics.

Rivero, 48, was elected to Parker Town Council in 2012 and reelected in 2016, receiving 15% of and 23% of the vote, respectively.

Rivero moved to Parker in 1989 at 17 and graduated from Ponderosa High School. Rivero has lived with his family in the Idyllwilde neighborhood since 2006.

Rivero owns and operates Fika Coffee House with two locations in Parker. He served on the Downtown Development Council from 2008-11. Rivero recently served as president of the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker. He graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a degree in western history.

Bollefer is an executive of a corporate security firm in Denver and has lived in Parker since 2015. Bollefer has not run for public office before.

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