FREDERICK — Mayor Eric Doering won a convincing re-election Tuesday, and he’ll be joined on the board by new trustees Jim Wollack, Liberta Hattel and Tony Cary.
Doering beat Glenn Berry, 462 votes to 261 votes, after both candidates spent Tuesday waving signs in downtown Frederick.
“I’m overwhelmed by the margin of victory,” Doering said. “I really do believe it’s a confirmation of what I’ve been doing as mayor.”
Doering’s time in office hasn’t been exactly smooth, including a controversy over paying a former town administrator a generous severance package after asking him to resign.
Doering also oversaw a disastrous attempt by the town to approve a home-rule charter, which ended with no charter document approved and heaps of work toward self-rule left on the table.
“We’ve had our ups and downs with some things, but you weather the storm,” Doering said. “Bad things happen to good people, and it’s how you handle it.”
Doering said he was excited to work with a board that will have three new faces — “three very good people; they will serve the community well,” he said.
Wollack, a detective with the Westminster Police Department, said he was humbled by the results.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I know it will be a lot of work; there’s no doubt in my mind.”
Hattel said she had tears in her eyes when she found out she had won.
“It’s something I’ve wanted, and I want to do the best job that I can,” she said. “I want to represent all the people, as a whole.”
Cary received the most votes of the candidates.
“I’m very grateful for everyone who voted for me, and I want to honor that trust,” he said.
Frederick voters also overwhelming supported Ballot Issue 2A, a $6.18 million bond issue to rebuild a portion of Weld County Road 13, with 565 voting for the bond and 82 voting against it.
Doering said he was pleased to see the issue pass, which will allow the town to complete the roadwork in one year and not raise taxes.
Voter turnout in Frederick was relatively high for a municipal election. About 20 percent — 763 of 3,974 registered voters — cast ballots Tuesday. That’s twice the turnout of the 2004 municipal election.
Frederick voter Regina Robbins said she came to cast a ballot because of her interest in the bond issue.
“I think it’s a good thing for a growing community,” she said of the roadwork.
Eric Howe said he came to vote for the bond issue, as well as for the candidates who support the St. Vrain Valley School District.
“I’m not a one-issue guy, but I do support that,” he said.
Douglas Crowl can be reached at 303-684-5253, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.