Montoya leads new faces to Federal Heights

Posted 11/11/19

New faces will fill City Council positions in Federal Heights after voters turned out to send some familiar faces home. Voters elected Linda S. Montoya as Federal Heights new mayor at the polls, …

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Montoya leads new faces to Federal Heights

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New faces will fill City Council positions in Federal Heights after voters turned out to send some familiar faces home.

Voters elected Linda S. Montoya as Federal Heights new mayor at the polls, giving her 36.9 percent of the vote — enough to best her three opponents. That included two members of the current City Council — Mayor Pro Tem Mark Stickel and Ward 1’s Harold Thomas — as well as resident Tom Ziegelbauer.

Montoya claimed 545 votes to claim the seat. Stickel received 386 votes, Ziegelbauer 335 votes and Thomas 211.

She’ll replace outgoing mayor Daniel Dick, whose term ends in December. Dick has had controversial time in office and he and then-Mayor Pro Tem John Hamlin faced a recall push in 2017. Hamlin resigned just before the recall vote but Dick survived the vote.

Montoya said her job now is to get the city back on track.

“We have a lot of new council members. It’s really is mostly new people on there now,” Montoya said. “I am really going to work hard to change the image of Federal Heights, to get things more positive and get it back on track. It really is a great city to live in. That’s why I’ve lived here for almost 30 years.

She said she also wants to boost the public input in the city.

“Maybe we can just get people more involved in their neighborhoods,” she said. “I want to get them out and get them to know each other. I do know much of my neighbors, up and down my block, but I don’t think that’s the case for a lot of people. So I’d like to help build more of a community feel.”

Both Stickel and Thomas represent the city’s Ward 1, with Stickel’s term running out this year. Thomas’ term in Ward 1 is set to continue through 2021.

In the race to replace Stickel, Celeste Arner pulled in 42.3 percent of the vote to claim the seat. Arner had 191 votes, Eric Hauch had 157 and Timothy Galey had 104 votes.

In Federal Heights Ward 2, Doris Peter reclaimed her seat with no challengers. She was appointed to the position in April and will face election again in 2021. In the ward’s other seat, voters replaced incumbent Kevin Dougherty with Bonnie Sellers.

Incumbent Ward 3 councilor Elaine Sweeney ran unopposed to reclaim her seat.

The new councilors will be sworn in at the council’s meeting on Dec. 3. The current council will convene the meeting and then adjourn, when the new councilors will take their oaths of office.

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