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  • Attack mailings target state Senate candidates

    South Jeffcoresidents living in state Senate District 22 are being flooded with expensive color mailers with negative messages from obscure sources targeting both candidates, Andy Kerr and Ken Summers.

    One district resident said she had received two or three a day for the last couple of weeks. An average of four out of five of the mailers targeted Andy Kerr, a Democrat from Lakewood.

  • West Chamber’s Celebrate Women event Nov. 9

     The West Chamber Serving Jefferson County will hold its annual breakfast Nov. 9 to recognize women for their contributions to the community, the impact of their service, inspiration to others and professional accomplishments.

    Among the 12 honorees are Margot Zallen, chair of Plan Jeffco; County Commissioner Faye Griffin; and Leah Varnell of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson County.

  • Bike lanes proposed on two sides of West Chatfield Avenue

    The Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Division held an open house Oct. 24 to get public reaction to changes the department is proposing for the 2-mile stretch of West Chatfield Avenue from Ken-Caryl Avenue to Garrison Street.

    The project, expected to cost about $3 million, is funded by the 0.5-cent Southeast Jefferson County 2001 Sales Tax Improvement Program.

    It will be the county’s major construction project in 2013.

  • Q&A with Mary Parker, candidate in state House District 22

    Mary Parker, Democrat, candidate for state representative, House District 22

    A mother of four and grandmother of five, Mary Parker is entering the world of elected politics with an appreciation for the democratic process and a wealth of experience as a working mom and small-business owner. She moved to Jefferson County from Maryland six years ago. All her daughters and their families live in the metro area as well.

  • Q&A with Justin Everett, candidate in state House District 22

    Justin Everett, Republican, candidate for state representative, House District 22

    Republican Justin Everett of Columbine West is a longtime political figure and community activist in unincorporated South Jefferson County who notched his first big political victory this year with a win in the Republican primary over Loren Bauman. Before that he ran against Mike Kopp and Kiki Traylor in the 2006 primary in Senate District 22, which Kopp won.

  • Q&A with commission hopeful John Odom

    John Odom

    John Odom, 44, is seeking election as county commissioner after being appointed to the job to succeed Kevin McCasky in March 2011. Odom, 43, is a Golden resident and part-owner of Blue Sky Medical of Wheat Ridge, a medical-supply distribution company. He says he will work full-time for the county if elected and that being a county commissioner is a full-time job. Like his opponent, he lives in Applewood.

  • Q&A with commission hopeful Casey Tighe

    Casey Tighe

  • Rumor spurs Arapahoe voters to give up mail-in ballots

    Some voters turned in their mail-in ballots to Arapahoe County election officials at early-voting centers because of an unfounded rumor that mail-in votes don’t count in this election.

    It also is not true that the “I Voted” stickers that went out in the ballot mailing left an imprint that could create a false vote.

    Nancy Doty, Arapahoe clerk and recorder and the county’s head election official, said about 100 people came to early-voting locations on Oct. 22, asking to return their ballots and vote by machine instead.

  • Boggs in line for second school board censure

    Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs has once again angered other board members with her comments, this time agreeing with a radio host that the district superintendent “should be shot” for having a full-time employee to update social media.

    Boggs likely will receive her second censure at the Nov. 1 board meeting. The board censured her in 2010 for a variety of behavior, including linking the words “school” and “stupid” on a classroom white board and telling Superintendent Cindy Stevenson she would “tear this county apart.”

  • Romney, Ryan rock supporters at Red Rocks

    Red Rocks Amphitheatre felt more like it was hosting a concert than a political event when presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed supporters there Tuesday evening.

    The thousands packed into the Colorado landmark had enthusiasm to spare, as the appearance by the GOP candidate and running mate Paul Ryan was reminiscent of highly produced entertainment.