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Politics

  • Newest council member sees budget as biggest challenge

    Littleton’s newest City Council member is steeling himself for a steep learning curve as he takes office, and Bill Hopping believes the biggest challenge will be balancing the city’s budget.

    “I’m fired up to get going,” Hopping said. “Our biggest challenge is how to balance the budget while providing the services the citizens want and that the town really needs.”

  • Littleton council member Randy Stein resigns

    Littleton City Council member Randy Stein has resigned after less than a year and a half on the council.

    In a weekend interview, Stein tied his resignation to results of the March 3 special election, when Littleton voters put restrictions on financing methods the city can use in urban renewal efforts.

    Stein, a real estate developer and mediator whose district included downtown, said a threatened recall effort by the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants was not a factor in his decision to step down.

  • Jeffco’s newest commissioner takes office

    Jeffco once again has three county commissioners.

    Former Republican state representative Libby Szabo was sworn in Jan. 30 as the newest commissioner. Szabo will serve the final two years of the term of Faye Griffin, who resigned after she was elected clerk and recorder in November.

  • 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.  

  • Planning panel member re-appointed

    Despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest, Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to re-appoint a current Planning Commission member after another member stepped down suddenly.

    The commissioners decided March 15 that Vince Harris will serve out the last two years of the term of Courtney Ahuja, who resigned March 9 because of the demands of a new job. Jeffco’s seven-person Planning Commission makes land-use and planning recommendations to the county commissioners.

  • Polis tackles variety of issues in local appearance

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the San Bernardino terrorist’s cell phone to Colorado’s caucus-versus-primary debate, Congressman Jared Polis’ question-and-answer session with the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday covered myriad current events and issues.

    Polis, who is up for re-election this year, told area Dems that November’s results will be pivotal for the party at all levels, and that control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.

  • County’s battle with Comcast in reruns

    Jeffco’s battle continues with Comcast over finalizing a change in how the company pays to use its cable lines on county-owned property, with commissioners threatening to temporarily raise access fees until a new deal is signed.

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

     The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?