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Politics

  • 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. 

  • Commission candidate cites incumbent’s ‘disconnect’

    Columbine area resident John Flerlage, a former Marine, is determined to bring his leadership qualities to Jefferson County government. 

    Flerlage, a Democrat, is running against Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier in District 3, which covers South Jeffco. The incumbent Republican is seeking his second four-year term on the GOP-controlled commission.

    Flerlage, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, is hoping to bring his fiscal, environmental and local approach to Jeffco leadership.

    A Marine for most of his life

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • GOP’s Keyser seeking political balance in legislature

    Colorado native Jon Keyser says he’s running for the House District 25 seat to help restore political balance to the state legislature. 

    “We’re coming off of a couple of years of control by the same party,” he said. “There are no checks and balances.”

    Keyser, a Morrison resident, said he would like to serve the state as a “citizen legislator” representing the interests and concerns of those in his district. 

  • U.S. Senate candidate visits Jefferson County

    Independent U.S. Senate candidate Steve Shogan unveiled his first TV ads at a fund-raiser Saturday at Nick’s Pro Fitness in Evergreen.

    Supporters laughed at an ad that shows a male actor with eyes pointing in different directions and a voice-over saying, “What if your two eyes didn’t work together?” as an allusion to partisan bickering between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

    “It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to fix Congress … or maybe it does,” is the theme of the second ad, a cartoon.

  • Shires, Shrader offer clear choice in GOP primary for sheriff

    The two candidates on the GOP ballot in the lone primary in the Jeffco sheriff’s race see a clear choice as a result of their on-the-job experiences.

    Jeff Shrader, the office’s division chief for special projects, and Jim Shires, a sergeant in the office, tout different backgrounds — and different approaches to the challenges faced by the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Incumbent Reddy loses Inter-Canyon board seat

    Newcomer Kerry Prielipp and incumbents Leslie Caimi and Karl Firor captured the three available seats on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board, according unofficial election results from May 6.

    Two-term incumbent and board President Michael Reddy lost his bid for re-election.

    The unofficial vote totals:

    • Leslie Caimi: 49 votes

    • Karl Firor: 45 votes

    • Kerry Prielipp: 39 votes

    • Michael Reddy: 32 votes