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By Mike McKibbin

Afirst-generation college graduate in his family may soon be the first family member to assume elected office in Lakewood's Ward 2.

Jacob LaBrue defeated Charles Davis by a 2,230-1,560 tally in the Nov. 7 general election to succeed Scott Koop on the City Council and serve a four-year term.

“I just wanted to find a way to be a positive force for Lakewood,” LaBrue said.

Current Ward 2 council members are Koop and Sharon Vincent. Koop, first elected in 2011, is term-limited, while Vincent’s term ends in 2019.

Protecting parks and open space and finding the right balance of growth are among the issues LaBrue hopes to see the city tackle.

Davis said he heard a lot of sentiment that “Lakewood should just shut down and take things backward” in terms of growth.

“That’s a very isolationist point of view and would not have a positive effect on Lakewood,” he said. “I’m very concerned that the current council will be taking a few steps backward.”

Davis said he was proud his campaign did not rely on consultants or a political party and had no regrets.

“I think municipal races should be non-partisan and when you have politicking in these races it creates a paralyzed council,” he added.

In other Lakewood City Council races, Ramey Johnson defeated Kyra deGruy in Ward 1, Mike Bieda got more votes than Michael Gifford in Ward 3, David Skilling won a three-way race over Bill Furman and LaDawn Sperling in Ward 4 and Karen Harrison won the Ward 5 seat over Nancy Palozzi.