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District 7 holds runoff election

The race to represent District 7 on Denver City Council had four candidates in April and two in May.

On June 5, there will be only one.

Either Chris Nevitt or Shelly Watters — the top two vote-getters in the May 1 election — will be declared the winner of the mail-only runoff balloting and sworn into office in July.

The race will be decided by registered voters living in the district, which generally extends west of University Boulevard and Downing Street, north of Yale Avenue, south of Speer Boulevard and Alameda Avenue and east of South Federal Boulevard and Zuni Street.

Voters should see ballots in their mailboxes by about May 19. If nothing arrives by May 23, call elections officials for a replacement at 720-913-8683.

Voters can return their completed ballots by mail or drop them off at a secure ballot box at one of two locations within the district: Porter Place, 1001 E. Yale Ave. and College View Recreation Center, 2525 S. Decatur St. The secure ballot boxes will be open May 29-June 1 and June 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ballots may also be taken to the Denver Election Commission office at 303 W. Colfax Ave. or deposited at the drive-through drop-off point on Court Place near Colfax Avenue on June 5. Ballots must be received by elections officials no later than 7 p.m. on election day to count.

A mail-only runoff election in District 7 is necessary because none of the four candidates on the May 1 ballot received enough votes to win outright. Nevitt and Watters are facing off because they were the top-two vote-getters, with Nevitt getting about 47 percent of the 6,227 votes cast and Watters capturing about 27 percent.

Two other Denver districts – 3 and 8 – are also having runoffs. About 60,000 ballots for all three districts will be mailed out.

For more information, call 720-913-8683 or go to

For more about the election, see the DU Today archives and the following articles:

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