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Mark Humbert wins runoff election for Brighton Ward 4 council seat

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — The residents of Ward 4 have elected Mark Humbert to represent them on City Council. According to unofficial Dec. 3 runoff election results, Humbert received 863 votes, or 65.4 percent of votes cast, to beat Dave Rose, who earned 455 votes (34.5 percent).

On Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, Humbert said he was still “a little bit giddy” after learning the results but was also thankful for and humbled by the residents of Ward 4 for electing him.

“I'm humbled, really, at the amount of support that I got,” he said. “That just tells me how much I have to work to make sure I'm listening to everybody in the ward and I have to make sure I take care of everybody as best I can.”

Humbert moved to Brighton more than 12 years ago with his wife, Allison, and has owned and operated Local Color magazine and the Brighton Banner since launching the publications after the closing of the Rocky Mountain News, where he previously worked.

Since moving to Brighton, Humbert has served as a member of Rotary and heART of Brighton, supported Relay for Life, and help found Help for Homes. He also takes pride and helping to restore the Armory and serves as an alternate member of the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority.

Humbert said he first became interested in local government growing up in Gary, Ind., at the age of eight. He was a fan of a TV show “The People's Choice” and was elected to be councilman at large on Youth Government Day in high school while reporting for a weekly newspaper.

In response to questions of potential conflicts of interest, Humbert said he doesn't believe his involvement in the media will be a conflict of interest with city council, as he has already addressed the issue by hiring a reporter to cover city government. He said in doing so, his role in covering council diminished.

“I can't and shouldn't be involved with covering those goings-on — as a candidate but especially now. And there could be more changes, I'm not sure,” he said.

After filing as a candidate, Humbert said he met with City Manager Manuel Esquibel and Attorney Margaret Brubaker and that there are no legal ramifications for the situation. He said when he's in city council, he's a city council member and that he will be “just like any other council member” in regards to his ability to serve in executive session.

“The real thing about this whole ethical issue is it's a journalistic ethics issue, it's not a city ethics issue. I've already signed an ethics oath, essentially, and have revealed any potential conflicts with the city from a year ago when I started on BURA,” he said. “The ethics issue for the city, is my business going to profit in any way from having an association with the city. It never has. It won't.”

Humbert also acknowledged Rose, who Humbert said he had a lot of respect for from their time serving on BURA.

He believes that he is currently in the right place at the right time and is looking forward to serving the people of Ward 4.

“I'm going in in January with an open mind and with a lot of trust in the people around me,” he said. “I've had fantastic support throughout the community — from every walk of life in the community. That makes you realize how much people like you or have faith in you or trust you.”

City Clerk Natalie Hoel said the results will be certified on Dec. 17 during the city council meeting and that council members will be sworn in during the Jan. 7, 2014, council meeting.