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Politics

  • 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?

  • GOP Senate candidates swipe photo, logo for fliers

    Three GOP candidates for the state Senate were threatened with legal consequences last week after their campaign fliers used the Jeffco Public Schools logo and a Denver Post photo without permission. 

    Fliers in support of Tim Neville in Senate District 16, Tony Sanchez in District 22, and Laura Woods in District 19 featured the same design and also included a doctored photograph from last month’s student protests in Jefferson County. 

  • Residents choosing among 3 candidates in race for assessor

    Editor’s note: With mail ballots in the hands of South Jeffco residents, the Columbine Courier is reviewing  the candidates vying for votes. 

    As the 2014 campaign season draws to a close, Jeffco residents are choosing among three candidates in the race for county assessor.

  • 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.