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Politics

  • Jeffco school board candidates disagree on education vouchers

    Editor’s note: With numerous forums for the six school board candidates, the Columbine Courier will focus each story on one single issue that arises in each debate. Visit www.ColumbineCourier.com and click on “Politics” under the “News” tab for candidate profiles and for coverage from previous forums.

    Jeffco school board candidates shared their views on education vouchers during a debate at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lakewood on Oct. 10.

  • Kopp announces bid for governor

    Former South Jeffco state senator Mike Kopp has announced he will seek the Republican nomination in the 2014 gubernatorial race. 

    Kopp represented Senate District 22 from 2006-2011 and was the leader of Senate Republicans from 2010 until his resignation in 2011. Kopp resigned to be with his four children after his wife, Kimberly, died of cancer. 

  • Van de Water announces his candidacy for school board

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education. 

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.

    What’s in a name?

  • Williams wants to bring parent's perspective to school board

    Julie Williams, a Colorado native and a product of Jeffco schools, is running for school board.

    Williams, who is making her first bid for public office, is vying with Tonya Aultman-Bettridge in District 1, which covers the northern part of the county. Robin Johnson, who had held the District 1 seat since 2009, resigned in August after moving out of the county.

  • Evergreen resident running for school board

    Evergreen resident John Newkirk, a graduate of Jeffco Public Schools, is running for the school board in District 2.

    Newkirk is pitted against Jeff Lamontagne for the seat, which represents the spacious, western part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Laura Boggs is not running for re-election.

    “I’m a product of Jeffco schools,” Newkirk said. “I want every student to have access to the great education that I received in Jeffco.”

    The election is Nov. 5.

    A lifelong fan of Jeffco schools

  • School board candidates trade views

    The races for three open seats on the Jeffco Board of Education officially started at Monday’s candidate forum at Green Mountain High School.

    More than 100 people packed the school’s auditorium to listen to school board candidates and their plans for Colorado’s largest school district.

    “I’m really glad I came out tonight,” Jeffco parent Connie Potter said after the forum. “I heard some really good things on some key issues.”

  • IT specialist running for Jeffco school board

    IT specialist and Jeffco parent Ken Witt has announced that he is running for the school board seat in District 5 this November.

    District 5 incumbent Paula Noonan said in April that she would not run for re-election. Witt is vying with Gordon “Spud” Van de Water for the seat, which has been held by Noonan since 2009.

    District 5 covers the southern part of Jefferson County and includes Columbine, Chatfield and Dakota Ridge high schools.

  • Longtime PTA member running for Jeffco school board

    Longtime Jeffco PTA member and parent Tonya Aultman-Bettridge has announced that she will run for the Jeffco school board in November.

    Aultman-Bettridge will vie with Julie Williams for the seat in District 1, which covers the northern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Robin Johnson has announced she will not run for re-election.

    School board members run in geographic districts in nonpartisan elections, but voters throughout the county cast ballots in all the races. This year’s election is Nov. 5.

     

  • Sheriff’s Office veteran will run to succeed Mink

    After starting at the bottom rung and working his way up in the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office over the past 29 years, Jeff Shrader believes he’s ready to lead.

    Even though the election to select a new sheriff isn’t until November 2014, Shrader and another Republican, John Berry, already have announced bids. Sheriff Ted Mink is term-limited; he was appointed to the post by the county commissioners in 2003 and was elected in 2006 and 2010.

  • Political newcomer running for Boggs’ school board seat

    A political newcomer has announced a bid for the Jeffco school board seat currently held by fiscal conservative Laura Boggs.

    Jeff Lamontagne, co-founder of the Second Wind Fund, recently announced he is running for the Board of Education seat in District 2, which covers a sprawling area in the western part of the county.