Westminster City Councilman John Woelz will not face a recall of residents after a massive turnout on Tuesday. Voelz was at the center of a recall campaign over water rates in the city.
unofficial election results It was found that 10,339 people (62%) voted for Voelz to retain his seat, while 6,364 voted to recall him. Some residents were unhappy with the hike in water bills in the past one year.
Voelz’s victory ends a 10-month recall effort led by the Westminster Water Warriors, which had seen persistent disagreements among city council members. Councilwoman Katherine Scully, Mayor Anita Seitz and former Mayor Herb Atchison were also involved in the recall campaign, all on claims for water rates.
“Our goal has always been to end rising water rates. As the city council will soon re-vote on water rates for 2022, we would now like to see whether Mr Voelz’s recent vote represents a right change from his earlier stance against rate hikes, or whether it is simply There was a calculated political move that was intended to “fail their recall,” the Westminster Water Warriors wrote on Facebook.
Voelz should run again in November when his seat is up for re-election. According to westminster window, The recall election cost the city approximately $250,000 because it was not part of a coordinated county election.
“The residents of Westminster are being misled because I was not even on City Council at the time of the vote on water rates, triggering a recall effort,” Voelz said in a statement. “I have never voted for a water rate increase during my time on the council. The only vote I have taken on water rates is for a zero increase in rates due to COVID-19.”