Denver City Council District 9: Incumbent Candi CdeBaca likely heading to runoff with challenger Darrell Watson (Local News and Reviews)

CdeBaca is no stranger to a runoff race. She currently sits in second place, similar to the 2019 election.

Darrell Watson (left) and District 9 Councilmember Candi Cdebaca look likly to head to a runoff.

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District 9 may be experiencing some Déjà vu, especially current Councilmember Candi CdeBaca.

With the current results, CdeBaca may be heading into a runoff race with challenger Darrell Watson on June 6.

Watson currently leads in the north district race with 45.62% or 4,358 votes. CdeBaca sits in a close second with about 43% of the vote.

In a brief statement, Watson said he was thankful for the support and he’s looking forward to continuing the work “for everyone in our community.”

Watson currently serves on the Housing Stability Strategic Advisors board. He’s also the board chair of the Denver Park Trust. Watson previously ran twice for council, losing in 2007 against Carla Madison and dropping out of the race in 2011 due to a cancer diagnosis. Watson is focused on housing, healthy living and public safety.

At the Denver Democratic Socialists of America watch party, CdeBaca told supporters the numbers aren’t official yet and will continue to flow in. According to the Denver Clerk & Recorder’s office, “there are about 65,000 ballots left to process and tabulate.”

“Many of you were here back in 2019 and this is the same thing,” CdeBaca said. “Our people show up today. Our people are going to come for us. They have our backs…but if we have to do this s*** again, we know how.”

CdeBaca is seeking a second term. In 2019, she was also in a runoff race against then-incumbent Albus Brooks. She was also in second place during the initial election. CdeBaca is focused on creating more “deeply affordable” housing, preserving that housing and ensuring community members get a say in new developments.

District 9 covers North Denver and experienced the most change during the redistricting process. The current neighborhoods in the area are a portion of City Park, Clayton, Cole, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Skyland, Whittier. The district gained North Park Hill and South Park Hill but it lost Auraria, Central Businesses District, City Park West, Union Station and the other portion of City Park.

Land use is the most talked about issue in District 9, especially when it comes to housing, development type, small businesses and land ownership.

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