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Today's News

  • Kauffman touts experience in treasurer race

    Republican Tim Kauffman was working as a commercial banker when he was called in 2008 and asked to replace newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin as Jeffco treasurer. And though he was not new to politics, it took a bit of coaxing before he agreed to fill the office.

  • Democrat Schulz challenging incumbent treasurer

    Jeffco treasurer candidate Larry Schulz boasts 44 years of public service — all of which he attributes to childhood allergies. Schulz, incumbent treasurer for the city of Wheat Ridge, was headed for a life in agriculture until fits of sneezing prodded him toward higher education and a career away from his family’s farm.

    “I grew up on a dairy farm in southeastern Minnesota,” said Schulz, 66. “I learned about hard work there, and about honesty.”

  • South Jeffco’s Flerlage touts his fiscal approach

    South Jeffco Democrat John Flerlage began his lengthy campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in early 2009, only months after the newly elected congressman had taken office. With the general election now just four months away, Flerlage is confident he can sway voters in the historically Republican 6th District — despite having raised a fraction of the funds that Coffman has.

  • Incumbent Coffman says voters have clear choice in 6th CD

    Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, up for re-election to a potential second term in November, paints himself as a distinct partisan politician, one unmistakably different from Democratic challenger John Flerlage in Colorado’s 6thDistrict.

  • Conifer’s Mike Daniels challenging incumbent Kopp for state Senate

    Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels slid in just under the wire, getting his name on the ballot in state Senate District 22 on June 3, at virtually the last possible minute.

  • Democrat Hartman hopes to harness GOP support

    Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was the first Democrat elected to the board in 14 years when she won the seat in 2006. And if re-elected this year, she would trump historical odds be becoming the first in 50 years to win two consecutive terms.

    But even in a Republican stronghold, it may not be entirely surprising that some conservative voters supported her. Hartman is a former Republican — she crossed the aisle in 2004 and took a number of Republican ideals with her.

  • South Jeffco's Rosier takes on Hartman in commission race

    South Jeffco resident Don Rosier doesn’t have a political background, but the Republican says his experience as a government outsider makes him uniquely qualified to run for the District 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners.

    Rosier, a Jeffco Public Schools graduate, has worked for two decades as a civil engineer, dealing with development, water use and budgeting. Rosier is challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November election.

  • Sen. Kopp making big plans for smaller state government

    Anticipating his re-election in November, state Sen. Mike Kopp has some big plans for his next term in the legislature. But with the possibility of the Democratic majority holding its edge, Kopp’s blueprint for shrinking Colorado’s government could face a challenge.

    Kopp, a Republican who is up for re-election this year in South Jeffco’s District 22, was running unopposed until a few weeks ago, when Conifer Democrat Mike Daniels threw his hat into the ring at virtually the last minute.

  • Mink looks ahead to next term

    Heading into an election without an opponent, Sheriff Ted Mink isn’t worried about staying in office. But in an interview, he stressed the upcoming challenges his department will face.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office has yet to lay off any employees in the face of an expected budget decline, the looming shortfall will present challenges. And a new state law likely will put additional stress on the jail.

  • New Open Space leader outlines plans

    The new director of the Jefferson County Open Space Division looks forward to an era in which protecting existing property takes on a bigger role than acquisitions did under the previous administration.

    “We own 52,000 acres of land, and there's a lot to be done in being good stewards of that land,” said Tom Hoby, director of Jefferson County Community Resources and Open Space. Hoby became director in April, succeeding longtime chief Ralph Schell, who was named county administrator last December.