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Politics

  • Commission candidate cites incumbent’s ‘disconnect’

    Columbine area resident John Flerlage, a former Marine, is determined to bring his leadership qualities to Jefferson County government. 

    Flerlage, a Democrat, is running against Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier in District 3, which covers South Jeffco. The incumbent Republican is seeking his second four-year term on the GOP-controlled commission.

    Flerlage, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, is hoping to bring his fiscal, environmental and local approach to Jeffco leadership.

    A Marine for most of his life

  • West Metro Fire seeks approval for 24% tax increase

    Residents of the West Metro Fire Protection District are being asked to approve a 24 percent tax increase in May’s election, along with voting for four board seats up for election.

    The 3-mill increase is being sought to ease some of the financial strains the department has experienced since the recession in 2009, said West Metro spokeswoman Michelle French. 

  • Inter-Canyon incumbent Reddy seeks third term

    Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    Inter-Canyon Fire board President Mike Reddy never intended to run for a third term. He had served two four-year terms and was ready to step down. 

    That was until the theft and embezzlement of more than $647,000 by former fire chief David MacBean came to light last year.

  • Four of seven seats up for election on West Metro Fire board

    Four of the seven seats on the board of the West Metro Fire Protection District are up for vote in the at-large election May 6, along with a 24 percent increase in the district’s property taxes.

    Two incumbents are running for re-election: Joseph Margotte in District 3 and Mike Munden in District 5.

     

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    Cassie Stenstrom

  • Duel at the GOP corral

    South Jeffco’s Republican representative in the state House has a challenger from his own party, and their rivalry is heating up well ahead of June’s primary election.

    First-term state Rep. Justin Everett is being challenged by Loren Bauman, his foe in the same race in 2012. This time, however, Bauman is ripping Everett for his performance at the Capitol. 

    Bauman, a co-owner of Jared’s Nursery, Gift and Gardening Center on West Bowles Avenue, has taken issue with Everett’s attendance record. 

  • Inter-Canyon theft prompts newcomer to run for board

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    Morrison resident Kerry Prielipp decided to run for the Inter-Canyon Fire District board after hearing about the theft and embezzlement allegations against former fire chief David MacBean.

  • Four candidates running for three Inter-Canyon board seats

    Four candidates, including three incumbents, will vie for three four-year terms on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board in May’s election.

    Kerry Prielipp turned in a self-nomination form and will challenge incumbents Leslie Caimi, Karl Firor and Michael Reddy.

    Another seat up for election on the Inter-Canyon board with a two-year term had only one candidate, incumbent Joe Marcus, and so he will remain on the board, said Dana Retterer, Inter-Canyon’s election official. Board member Ralph Dreher’s seat is not up for election.

  • Gerou won’t seek re-election

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou, a prominent Jeffco Republican who is in her sixth year at the statehouse, will not run for re-election in November.

    Gerou, the first female member of the House to chair the powerful Joint Budget Committee, has represented District 25 in western Jeffco since first being elected in 2008. She is planning to return to her architecture career. 

  • Dems, Republicans turn out for caucuses at Chatfield High

    Republican district captain Gary Messick hawked his marker-penned maps to neighborhood residents streaming into Chatfield Senior High School to attend caucuses Tuesday night.

    “Republican?” “Republican?” asked Messick, his head swiveling back and forth as each batch of people walked in from the parking lot. Many attendees stopped to examine the posted maps of their neighborhood precincts just east of C-470. Precinct lines have changed since the 2012 election as a result of redistricting.

  • Kerr’s battle over Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights clears legal hurdle

    A group that includes state Sen. Andy Kerr cleared a legal hurdle recently in its battle to have Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights ruled unconstitutional.

    In the federal lawsuit, Kerr, D-South Jeffco, is a plaintiff along with a handful of other lawmakers and members of the educational community. The suit claims TABOR has deprived Coloradans of the republican form of government guaranteed in Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution.