Odom, Tighe dead even in Jeffco commission race

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By Vicky Gits

Republican incumbent John Odom and Democratic challenger Casey Tighe were running neck and neck in early returns Tuesday night in the District 2 race for Jefferson county commissioner.

Although inexperienced politically, Tighe brings a legal background and a career as a CDOT auditor to the race. Odom, a Republican who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former commissioner Kevin McCasky, has the benefit of incumbency and a background as owner of a small business.

Tighe promised to keep a closer eye on county spending and communicate more with constituents. Odom pledged to continue his efforts to keep the county’s fiscal house in order and stressed his belief in private property, small government and entrepreneurism.

The rivals clashed over the wisdom of maintaining a county-level audit committee, which Tighe chaired for five years until the county commissioners disbanded it in 2011.