• 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.

  • Littleton hires Frisco official as community development director

    Littleton has hired a director for its community development department.

    The city named Jocelyn Mills, the current community development director for Frisco, to the position on June 15. Mills has been with Frisco for 17 years.

  • Independent commission candidate seeks changes

    Independent county commission candidate Greg Standley wants to see some changes — more-accessible commissioners, more-understandable planning rules, and more options for discarding slash.

    The Morrison resident said he was motivated to run for commissioner after negative experiences with Jeffco Planning and Zoning while trying to make improvements to his property.

    “Zoning resolutions need to be rewritten so they can be understood,” he said. 

  • 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. 

  • Incumbent Kerr wants to maintain focus on education, economy

    State Sen. Andy Kerr wants to continue his work on education and economic issues at the Capitol, two areas that he says are vital to Jeffco and Colorado. 

    Kerr, a Democrat, is running for re-election in South Jeffco’s Senate District 22; he won a two-year term in the redrawn district in 2012, after reapportionment left the Republican incumbent, Tim Neville, outside the district’s boundaries. 

    Kerr will face the winner of the Republican primary race Tony Sanchez in November's general election. 

  • Republicans pick Shrader as nominee for Jeffco sheriff

    Jeffco Republicans overwhelmingly chose longtime Sheriff’s Office veteran Jeff Shrader in the race to replace term-limited Sheriff Ted Mink in the June 24 primary election.

    Shrader captured 60.8 percent of the vote to defeat Jim Shires, who had 39.2 percent. Shrader, who has no Democratic opponent in the November election, becomes the front-running favorite to take over for the iconic Mink.

    Libertarian Brett Almy and independent John Berry will also be on the November ballot in the sheriff’s race. 

  • Rosier hopes to continue work in second term

    County Commissioner Don Rosier wants to finish the work he started during his first term. 

    To do that, the Republican must fend off a challenge from Democratic nominee John Flerlage in the race in District 3, which covers the southern part of the county and includes South Jeffco, Littleton and Morrison. 

    Economic development is just one of the areas Rosier would like to keep focusing on during a second term. He said passage of a county-wide economic plan was a great start but not the end of the work.