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Politics

  • Candidates give voters last glimpse before election day

    Eight candidates at a forum on Oct. 24 primarily discussed taxes, financial issues and growth in the county and state, but the questions that got the audience most riled dealt with gun and immigration issues.
    Some of the approximately 100 audience members at the Venue Theatre in Conifer needed to be quieted as candidates discussed whether gun-control measures and sanctuary cities were good for Colorado.
    The forum was sponsored by the Canyon Courier, and the Evergreen and Conifer chambers of commerce.

  • Larson cites business experience in bid for HD 22

    If Colin Larson looks young for a political candidate, it’s because he is. At 31, the Republican candidate for House District 22 is one of the youngest candidates running for office in Colorado this year and 25 years younger than his Democratic challenger Todd Kastetter.

    But while his age might suggest a lack of experience, his resume doesn’t.

  • Morrison voters reject proposal to rezone Red Rocks Ranch

    In keeping with a September special election, Morrison voters rejected a proposal to rezone Red Rocks Ranch, a development planned for the northeast corner of Morrison Road and C-470, from planned development to commercial limited development.



    Eighty-six voters (67.7 percent) were against the idea, while 41 voters (32.3) were in favor.

    Tuesday's election could mark the last of the controversies surrounding the development of 309 acres of land in the Rooney Valley formerly known as Red Rocks Centre.

  • Dahlkemper unseats Francone in Jeffco commissioners race

    Unofficial results show Lesley Dahlkemper defeating Tina Francone in the race for the sole available seat on the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners.

    Dahlkemper, a Democrat, will represent District 3, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County, including Littleton, Ken Caryl, Morrison, Conifer and part of Evergreen. She will replace Francone, a Littleton resident and Republican who was appointed to the seat earlier this year by a GOP vacancy committee after Commissioner Don Rosier stepped down.

  • Cutter wins in House District 25 race

    Democrat Lisa Cutter has won the House District 25 race over Republican Steve Szutenbach.

    Cutter took 52.51 percent of the vote, or 20,016 votes, compared with 47.49 percent for Szutenbach, or 18,100 votes. 

    House District 25 encompasses the vast majority of Jefferson County, including unincorporated Southwest Jeffco, Evergreen and Conifer.

  • Story chosen for SD 16

    Democrat Tammy Story has been chosen by voters to serve in Senate District 16, beating incumbent Republican Tim Neville for the spot.

    Story received 55.34 percent of the vote, 35,061 votes, compared with Neville’s 42.09 percent, or 26,668 votes. Libertarian James Gilman garnered 2.57 percent, or 1,629 votes.

    Story, a Conifer resident, previously told the Courier that she wants to focus on improving public education, transportation infrastructure and environmental protection.

  • Szutenbach highlights transparency in HD 25 bid

    Steve Szutenbach didn’t expect to be running for public office this fall. In fact, a month ago, the U.S. Air Force veteran was busy assisting state Sen. Tim Neville with his re-election campaign in Senate District 16, which covers Littleton, Conifer and Evergreen.

  • Polis labeled a ‘brown shirt’ in anti-Semitic Facebook post

    The Jefferson County Republican Party has joined an increasing number of people and groups employing Nazi references and/or anti-Semitic rhetoric to attack politicians and policies they dislike — this time targeting U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for Colorado governor.

  • Leonard withdraws from HD 25 race

        State Rep. Tim Leonard, the current incumbent and Republican nominee for House District 25, has withdrawn from the November election, citing financial constraints and family obligations associated with his divorce proceedings as factors.

  • Concealed weapons bill fails in committee

    A GOP bill that would have allowed concealed carry on Colorado school grounds was lost in committee last Wednesday after House Democrats rejected the measure in a 6-3 vote along party lines.