A member of the Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 will soon shift his focus to city politics.
Teller County voters on Tuesday elected Donald Daniel, vice president of the district's school board, to be Victor's next mayor, succeeding sitting Mayor Byron Hakes Jr., who is term limited.
Daniel was elected by 54 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results from Teller County. His opponent, Bruce Davis, who is currently in his fourth year on Victor's council, received 46 percent of the vote.
Attempts to reach Daniel for comment were unsuccessful. Davis said he was surprised to hear he lost the race. He attributed the loss to mudslinging from Daniel and said he's disappointed that the new mayor might take the town in an unproductive direction by eliminating certain positions within the city.
Victor operates on a weak-mayor system. The mayor's vote carries the same weight as a vote from a city council member and the position does not hold veto power. The city's mayor is paid $7,200.