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Politics

  • Q&A with the three county commissioner candidates

     Editor’s note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Times is taking a final look at local races.

    The three candidates vying for the county commission seat in District 3 offer a variety of views, and this week Evergreen Newspapers is publishing their responses to questions about issues important to the county. 

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • County candidates debate pot sales, development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening.

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • State Senate candidates offer diverse choice

    Editor’s note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Columbine Courier is taking a final look at local races.

    This year’s race in state Senate District 22 pits a Democratic incumbent who wants to continue his work on education against a GOP challenger hoping to school Capitol denizens on a change in tenor at the legislature.
    State Sen. Andy Kerr, who is running for a second term, faces Republican Tony Sanchez, a manager who works with nonprofits.

  • A do-over in House District 22

    Editor’s note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Columbine Courier is taking a final look at local races.

    The race in state House District 22 features a repeat campaign performance for both the Republican and Democratic candidates. The incumbent, Republican Justin Everett, bested Democrat Mary Parker with 53 percent of the vote in 2012 to replace Ken Summers.

    The two candidates offer a stark contrast when it comes to the roles the government should play.

  • A sign of the (political) times

    The county commissioners want to deliver some clear signs to Jeffco residents on signage — specifically, what signs are allowed and what ones violate zoning rules.

    With another campaign season in full spin, the Planning and Zoning Department has clarified its signage policies. The county recently has issued more than a few zoning violations for improperly placed or non-conforming signs, especially those of the political variety. The county commissioners heard a staff briefing on the matter Sept. 9. 

  • DeGette talks jobs with Jeffco officials

    Creating jobs in Jefferson County was the focus when Congresswoman Diana DeGette met with Jeffco officials last Friday.

    DeGette, a Democrat who represents Colorado's Denver-dominated 1st District, was told that businesses need clear signals from the federal government on everything from tax policy to fracking regulations.

    The forum, hosted by the Jeffco Economic Development Corp., let DeGette meet with the business community in a part of her district that was added in 2011's redistricting.

  • Jeffco failed to properly post annexation meeting where Tighe, Rosier spoke

    Two of Jeffco’s county commissioners violated the state’s Open Meetings Law last week when they discussed public business at a gathering that had not been posted in advance as a meeting of the commission.

    The violation is the latest in a longstanding legacy in Jeffco government. In settling a lawsuit filed by the Courier in 2007, the county acknowledged open-meetings abuses and pledged not to break the law again. Two years later, two commissioners did just that by discussing public business via e-mail.

  • Woehr vying for House District 25 seat as Libertarian candidate

    Libertarian Jack Woehr is launching his campaign for the state House District 25 seat for the second time in recent years.

    “I am running because the political system has gotten kind of toxic,” Woehr said. “Gone are the days of the honorable opponent.”

    This year Woehr is challenging two political newcomers who are vying in House District 25, Democrat Janet Doyle and Republican Jon Keyser. Incumbent Republican Cheri Gerou decided to retire from office.

  • Proposal to expand county commission won’t be on November ballot

    A grassroots effort to add two members to the Jeffco Board of Commissioners has failed to get the proposal on the November ballot.

    Jeffco 5, a nonpartisan group that favors increasing the number of commissioners from three to five, was able to gather only about 10,000 signatures of registered voters before the June 30 deadline. Some 17,444 valid signatures were required.