Term-limit questions, school board elections on November ballot

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By AJ Vicens

South Jeffco voters will weigh in on term-limit extensions for county elected officials and new school board members on November's mail-in ballot.

The proposed term-limit extensions were driven primarily by District Attorney Scott Storey, who announced last spring that he'd like to seek a third term. Jeffco elected officials are allowed to serve only two consecutive terms, so Storey wants to ask voters if they will allow him and Sheriff Ted Mink to run for a third.

County Commissioner Kevin McCasky led the way in forcing Storey to back off the request unless every elected official could ask voters for the right to run for a third consecutive term.

The county commission voted to put the question on the November ballot for every county elected position besides the commissioners. A consensus was reached among the county's officials that including the commissioners in the ballot question would greatly reduce the probability voters would approve.

The issue is broken up into two questions. Question 1A asks voters if the Jeffco district attorney will be allowed to run for three consecutive terms, and Question 1B asks voters if the sheriff, assessor, clerk and recorder, treasurer, coroner and county surveyor will be able to do the same.

Voters will also choose from candidates for the Board of Education. Two South Jeffco candidates are vying for the District 5 seat: incumbent Richard Rush, who was appointed to the seat in October 2008 after the resignation of Republican Vince Chowdhury, who left the board after an assault conviction; and Paula Noonan, an active participant in Jeffco Democratic politics.

The only other questions that impact South Jeffco residents will be for the relatively few who live within the Littleton city limits or in Bow Mar.

Littleton residents living in Jefferson County will vote on the City Council member-at-large and a ballot question asking if voters want to eliminate a rule that requires municipal judges to live or maintain law offices within city boundaries.

Bow Mar residents will be asked to approve a tax increase to repave and fix several roads, and if they approve of the publication of ordinances by title only, rather than in full.

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