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Former Jeffco commissioner Dave Auburn dies

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By AJ Vicens

Former Jefferson County commissioner Dave Auburn died Feb. 11 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Auburn, 63, was appointed as commissioner by a Jeffco GOP vacancy committee in March 2005 to replace Rick Sheehan, who had resigned his seat. Auburn served until January 2007, after losing the seat to Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November 2006 election.

“I’m saddened, and my thoughts and prayers go to his family,” said Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky. Auburn and McCasky served as commissioners together from early 2005 through January 2007, when Auburn lost his seat to Commissioner Kathy Hartman. “I had built a strong relationship with Dave, and I’m going to miss him,” McCasky said.

McCasky added that Auburn, as a commissioner, “had a great sense of humor and could lighten the mood and atmosphere of some heavy, detailed discussions, even when frustration levels were getting high.”

Auburn was “very thorough, and reached out more so than any commissioner I’ve known for public input,” McCasky said. “He was just a champion of that.”

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