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Politics

  • Incumbent, citizen activist square off in Littleton City Council race for District 4

    The makeup of the Littleton City Council could change dramatically in the Nov. 3 election.

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

    Over the next several weeks, the Columbine Courier will be previewing each race.

    District 4

  • Neville eyeing bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican state Sen. Tim Neville is "doing a lot of praying and a lot of conversation with those that we know" to decide whether to jump into the race for U.S. Senate.

    Neville, whose Senate district covers Evergreen and Conifer, in addition to part of Littleton, is on a listening tour around the state as he gauges support for a U.S. Senate bid. He said he plans to make a decision in October about whether to challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet.

  • Evergreen attorney challenging DA Weir

    An Evergreen attorney has filed to run as a Democrat and will challenge Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir, a Republican, in the November 2016 election.

    Jake Lilly, who runs his own criminal defense firm in Lakewood and lives in Evergreen, will be the first Democrat to run for DA since 2004. Weir, who ran unopposed in 2012 and succeeded fellow Republican Scott Storey, has already filed to run for a second term. 

  • 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.

  • Town hall meeting discusses 2016 voter issues

    Ballot initiatives to create a single-payer health care system for Colorado and to eliminate an outdated reference to slavery in the state constitution were among those discussed at a town hall meeting June 27 at the Columbine Library.

    Mary Parker, an independent candidate in state House District 22, hosted the first of four town halls, inviting activists for approved or prospective ballot initiatives, as well as any local political candidates, to speak.

  • 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.