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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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?