Utz wins reelection as Westminster mayor

Westminster residents reelected Mayor Kevin Utz and Common Council member Tony Chiavacci Tuesday, while bringing Suzanne Albert back to the council after she lost a reelection bid two years ago.

Utz, who received 452 votes to challenger Rebecca Orenstein's 237, said he was "very happy" to be reelected to a second four-year term.

He said the election results show that residents "approve of the direction we (the mayor and council) are headed."

There were 705 votes cast in the election out of the more than 10,000 registered voters in Westminster, according to Chief Election Judge Sue Thomas.

There were 719 votes cast in the last council election, she said.

Chiavacci received the most votes for a council seat with 429. Albert received 358.

Doug Mathias finished in third for a council seat with 320 votes and Misty Henline finished in fourth with 193 votes.

Chiavacci said the election represented a "mandate by the citizens of Westminster" against negative campaigning.

"The citizens spoke very loudly," he said.

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