Brighton Mayor Greg Mills and Laurie Lozano Maier are heading for a runoff election, perhaps as soon as Dec. 7.
City council was expected to firm up the date during a special meeting Nov. 4. Neither candidate received a majority of votes, which makes the recall election mandatory, according to the city charter.
Mills led with 47 percent of the vote. Maier had 35 percent, and Wayne Scott had 18 percent, based on the unofficial results posted to the Colorado Secretary of State's website Nov. 4
Voters returned Councilors Matt Johnston and Ann Tadeo to the dais, plus they elected former Mayor Jan Pawlowski and newcomer Peter Padilla. In Ward 1, Johnston led challenger Norm Brown by a better than 2-to-1 margin. Johnston had 1,439 votes to Brown's 696.
Tadeo, Pawlowski and Padilla ran unopposed.
Brighton voters turned down a potential 4 percent tax on the sale of marijuana and marijuana products. That was estimated to bring an additional $2 million per year for recreational capital projects.
No votes for that tax were 4,080 (53 percent) to 3,683 yes votes (47 percent).
According to the secretary of state's website, voters put Leon Thornton and Ashley Conn on the 27J Schools board of education. Thornton bested Danielle Jayne by four percentage points. He had 11,015 votes to her 10.234.
Conn beat the incumbent in District 4, Blaine Nickeson, by eight percentage points. Conn had 11,530 votes, while Nickeson had 9,804.