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Politics

  • Inter-Canyon incumbent Reddy seeks third term

    Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    Inter-Canyon Fire board President Mike Reddy never intended to run for a third term. He had served two four-year terms and was ready to step down. 

    That was until the theft and embezzlement of more than $647,000 by former fire chief David MacBean came to light last year.

  • Berry running for sheriff as independent

    John Berry will continue his campaign for Jeffco sheriff as an independent, after not receiving enough support to make the Republican primary ballot. 

    Berry received a little more than 9 percent of the vote from delegates at the Jeffco GOP’s County Assembly on March 22. To make the June 24 primary ballot, Berry needed at least 30 percent of the vote, said Bill Tucker, chairman of the Jeffco Republicans.  

  • Duel at the GOP corral

    South Jeffco’s Republican representative in the state House has a challenger from his own party, and their rivalry is heating up well ahead of June’s primary election.

    First-term state Rep. Justin Everett is being challenged by Loren Bauman, his foe in the same race in 2012. This time, however, Bauman is ripping Everett for his performance at the Capitol. 

    Bauman, a co-owner of Jared’s Nursery, Gift and Gardening Center on West Bowles Avenue, has taken issue with Everett’s attendance record. 

  • Inter-Canyon theft prompts newcomer to run for board

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    Morrison resident Kerry Prielipp decided to run for the Inter-Canyon Fire District board after hearing about the theft and embezzlement allegations against former fire chief David MacBean.

  • Kerr’s battle over Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights clears legal hurdle

    A group that includes state Sen. Andy Kerr cleared a legal hurdle recently in its battle to have Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights ruled unconstitutional.

    In the federal lawsuit, Kerr, D-South Jeffco, is a plaintiff along with a handful of other lawmakers and members of the educational community. The suit claims TABOR has deprived Coloradans of the republican form of government guaranteed in Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution.    

  • Gerou won’t seek re-election

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou, a prominent Jeffco Republican who is in her sixth year at the statehouse, will not run for re-election in November.

    Gerou, the first female member of the House to chair the powerful Joint Budget Committee, has represented District 25 in western Jeffco since first being elected in 2008. She is planning to return to her architecture career. 

  • Four candidates running for three Inter-Canyon board seats

    Four candidates, including three incumbents, will vie for three four-year terms on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board in May’s election.

    Kerry Prielipp turned in a self-nomination form and will challenge incumbents Leslie Caimi, Karl Firor and Michael Reddy.

    Another seat up for election on the Inter-Canyon board with a two-year term had only one candidate, incumbent Joe Marcus, and so he will remain on the board, said Dana Retterer, Inter-Canyon’s election official. Board member Ralph Dreher’s seat is not up for election.

  • Dems, Republicans turn out for caucuses at Chatfield High

    Republican district captain Gary Messick hawked his marker-penned maps to neighborhood residents streaming into Chatfield Senior High School to attend caucuses Tuesday night.

    “Republican?” “Republican?” asked Messick, his head swiveling back and forth as each batch of people walked in from the parking lot. Many attendees stopped to examine the posted maps of their neighborhood precincts just east of C-470. Precinct lines have changed since the 2012 election as a result of redistricting.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire has 4 board seats up for election in May

    Four board seats are up for election this May in the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, which has faced financial challenges in the wake of a former chief being charged with stealing $643,000.

    So far, only incumbents Michael Reddy, Joseph Marcus, Karl Firor and Leslie Caimi are running; all signed self-nomination forms at Inter-Canyon’s board meeting Feb. 12.

    Marcus’ seat has a two-year term. Ralph Dreher’s term ends in May 2016.

  • Longtime officer Shires running for sheriff

     For Jim Shires, his candidacy for Jeffco sheriff came down to putting up or shutting up. 

    Shires, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, said he wanted to lead the agency he’s been part of for more than 28 years in a much-needed turnaround. He pointed to the high employee turnover rate in the Sheriff’s Office as a sign the organization needs new leadership.