Depite the low participation by Denver voters in Tuesday’s election, some candidates fared extremely well in their bid for election.
Hundreds gathered Tuesday night at Rosalinda’s Mexican Restaurant, to celebrate Denver City At Large winner Debbie Ortega who garnered 46,846 votes.
Supporters noted Ortega’s extraordinary track record as a former Denver Council member in District 9, noting her proven track record and her follow through on some of Denver’s most notable projects, has placed her as a top ranking elected official.
Ortega lauded the overwhelming support by Denver voters, and graciously thanked her campaign staff, and countless supporters and volunteers.
City Council District 1 candidate Ken Padilla is the front runner in the June 7th run off race, garnering 2,608 voters over his opponents. The Denver native’s life long community involvement in various community and humanitarian issues were notable characteristics and his plans to create serious change in District 1, were the top issues voters related in their support of Padilla.
At the election watch event, held at the west Denver Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) facility, Padilla’s well-connected and experienced campaign staff gained momentum in the second round of the election, strategizing and have already secured extended support. Padilla will face candidate Susan Shepard in the June run-off.
Padilla thanked his supporters and reminded there is much work to be done. “We have to create jobs for the working class families – that’s my main purpose – we really have to do that,” emphasized Padilla. “Denver has an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, which is really unacceptable and there’s a lot of people out of work; we have to get our brothers and sisters back to work some how and I will focus on that.”
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