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Politics

  • 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. 

  • City Council elects Cernanec as Littleton’s new mayor

    Littleton has a new mayor. 

    The City Council voted 7-0 to make Councilman Phil Cernanec the new mayor Nov. 19. Cernanec, from District 3, has served on the council since 2009 and ran unopposed in his bid for re-election this month. 

  • Berry brings boisterous approach to bid for Jeffco sheriff

    John Berry wants to be the face of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. 

    Berry, a Republican running in 2014 to replace Ted Mink as sheriff, said a change in philosophy is needed in the department. And he says that change starts with the sheriff himself. 

  • Commissioner Griffin to run for clerk’s position again

    County Commissioner Faye Griffin is planning to run for Jeffco clerk and recorder — a position she held previously — two years before her current term on the commission ends in 2016.  

    If elected once again to the clerk job, the Republican said, she would step down as a commissioner. In that event, a GOP vacancy committee would appoint a person to serve the final two years of Griffin’s term.

    Current Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson is term-limited, so that office will be up for grabs in the 2014 election.

  • 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.

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