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Politics

  • One Dem candidate remains in race to run against Szabo

    Marti Smith of Arvada is the only remaining Democratic candidate seeking to run for county commissioner against incumbent Republican Libby Szabo.

    However, Smith still must be approved by a vote of the Democratic vacancy committee, which will meet at 6 p.m. April 28 at the Arvada Center for the Arts.

  • Neville fails to make primary ballot for U.S. Senate

    A few days before the state Republican Party convention at which candidates for the U.S. Senate primary were to be chosen, state Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton said he would put his trust in God and the delegates.

    Neville was one of many contenders seeking the GOP nomination in the race against Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — a group that initially included Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier and former state Rep. Jon Keyser of Morrison.

  • Candidates for district attorney both favor use of specialty courts

    The two candidates vying for district attorney in Jeffco might be from different political parties, but both say they are committed to reform in the criminal justice system through expanding the use of specialty courts.

    Incumbent DA Pete Weir, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Jake Lilly of Evergreen, agree that Jeffco’s specialized problem-solving courts, including dedicated drug, adult mental health and veterans courts, provide a better and more tailored approach.

  • One of three board seats contested in Foothills election

    Of the three board seats up for election this May in the Foothills Park & Recreation District, only Ward 2 offers a contested race.

  • 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.

  • Three Dems in contention to challenge Szabo for commission seat

    Jeffco Democrats saw some unusual action at their March 19 county assembly when the names of five county residents were put forward to run for the county commission seat in District 1 against incumbent Republican Libby Szabo. 

  • GOP picks Teunissen to challenge Tighe

    Delegates chose Frank Teunissen as the GOP candidate for Jeffco commissioner in the District 2 race at the at the Jefferson County Republican assembly on Saturday.

    And Jeffco Commissioner Libby Szabo accepted the nomination as the District 1 Republican candidate.

    If elected, Teunissen said he would serve as “a new conservative commissioner.”

  • 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.