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Politics

  • County commission candidate focuses on property rights

    County commission candidate Frank Teunissen said he will bring a commitment to personal property rights to county government if elected.

    The Lakewood resident, a Republican, is running in the November election for the District 2 commission seat currently held by Democrat Casey Tighe. Tighe is running for re-election.

  • Tim Leonard of Evergreen selected to replace Keyser at statehouse

    A Republican vacancy committee on Saturday appointed Tim Leonard of Evergreen to the House District 25 seat vacated by Jon Keyser, who stepped down last week to run for U.S. Senate.

  • Keyser announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

    Rep. Jon Keyser, the Republican who represents a state House district that includes a portion of Ken-Caryl, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet. 

    The Morrison resident was elected in House District 25 in 2014, succeeding three-term representative Cheri Gerou, also a Republican.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • Rosier announces bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican County Commissioner Don Rosier took his first shots at Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet last Thursday as he kicked off a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

  • Voter turnout, winning margins bigger than 2013

    Jeffco voters turned out in greater numbers for the Nov. 3 election than they did in 2013, when the now-ousted conservative school board majority was elected.

    According to the Jefferson County Elections office, 46.4 percent of the county’s 399,918 registered voters cast ballots last week.

    In 2013, when John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were elected, 43.2 percent of voters cast ballots. At the time, the county was home to 412,954 registered voters, the elections database shows.

  • A summary of items on the Jefferson County ballot

    Proposition BB: Marijuana tax revenue question

    The state is proposing Proposition BB, which would allow lawmakers to spend the $66.1 million in taxes collected during the first year that sales of recreational marijuana were legal.

  • Three vying for two two-large seats on Littleton council

    With the makeup of the Littleton City Council in the balance in the Nov. 3 election, the Courier is previewing each of the five races.

    Five of the council’s seven seats are up for election, as 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.