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Politics

  • Incumbent, citizen activist square off in Littleton City Council race for District 4

    The makeup of the Littleton City Council could change dramatically in the Nov. 3 election.

    Five of the council’s seven seats are up for election. Residents in Districts 1, 2 and 4 will vote for their representatives, and the city as a whole will decide on two of the three at-large seats.

    Over the next several weeks, the Columbine Courier will be previewing each race.

    District 4

  • Evergreen attorney challenging DA Weir

    An Evergreen attorney has filed to run as a Democrat and will challenge Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir, a Republican, in the November 2016 election.

    Jake Lilly, who runs his own criminal defense firm in Lakewood and lives in Evergreen, will be the first Democrat to run for DA since 2004. Weir, who ran unopposed in 2012 and succeeded fellow Republican Scott Storey, has already filed to run for a second term. 

  • Newest council member sees budget as biggest challenge

    Littleton’s newest City Council member is steeling himself for a steep learning curve as he takes office, and Bill Hopping believes the biggest challenge will be balancing the city’s budget.

    “I’m fired up to get going,” Hopping said. “Our biggest challenge is how to balance the budget while providing the services the citizens want and that the town really needs.”

  • Littleton council member Randy Stein resigns

    Littleton City Council member Randy Stein has resigned after less than a year and a half on the council.

    In a weekend interview, Stein tied his resignation to results of the March 3 special election, when Littleton voters put restrictions on financing methods the city can use in urban renewal efforts.

    Stein, a real estate developer and mediator whose district included downtown, said a threatened recall effort by the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants was not a factor in his decision to step down.

  • Jeffco’s newest commissioner takes office

    Jeffco once again has three county commissioners.

    Former Republican state representative Libby Szabo was sworn in Jan. 30 as the newest commissioner. Szabo will serve the final two years of the term of Faye Griffin, who resigned after she was elected clerk and recorder in November.

  • Jeffco GOP taking applications for Griffin’s commission seat

    The Jeffco GOP is accepting applications to fill Jeffco Commissioner Faye Griffin’s soon-to-be vacant seat on the Board of County Commissioners.

    Griffin, elected in 2012 to a second term as a commissioner, will step down from the board when she is sworn in as Jeffco clerk and recorder in January. Griffin handily defeated Democrat Michael Snow in the Nov. 4 election to win a third term as county clerk; she previously was elected to that position in 1998 and 2002.

  • Vacancy panel to name replacement for office-hopping Griffin

    As newly elected Jeffco clerk and recorder Faye Griffin prepares to serve in her third different elected position in eight years — after she resigns from her county commission seat — a GOP vacancy committee is preparing to replace her on the commission.

    E.V. Leyendecker, chairman of the Jeffco Republican Party, said the party formed a vacancy committee earlier this year after Griffin announced her plans to run for clerk and recorder — and to leave her term-limited commission seat if elected.

  • Incumbent Kerr prevails in state Senate District 22

    Incumbent state Sen. Andy Kerr pulled away from GOP challenger Tony Sanchez in District 22 in the final ballot count, winning by 1,047 votes in the Nov. 4 election.

    In a South Jeffco district that was decidedly Democratic in the 2012 election, Kerr's lead over Sanchez fluctuated between 200 and 400 votes throughout election night. But last Wednesday morning, Kerr had begun to gain separation with an 801-vote lead.  

  • Jeffco, Colorado see record voter turnout

    While the rest of the country saw a drop in voter turnout, Colorado and Jeffco saw a record number of ballots cast in the Nov. 4 election.

    The Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office reported that 61 percent of registered voters in the county cast ballots in last week’s election. The 259,765 voters marked the largest percentage to participate in a general election in Jefferson County.

  • Q&A with CD7 State Board of Education candidates

    Editor’s note: With mail ballots in the hands of South Jeffco residents, the Courier is reviewing the candidates vying for votes. Republican Laura Boggs, a former member of the Jeffco school board, is challenging incumbent Democrat Jane Goff for the District 7 seat on the State Board of Education.

    School districts in Colorado take pride in having local control. What role should the State Board of Education play in Colorado’s public schools?