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Politics

  • Republicans pick Shrader as nominee for Jeffco sheriff

    Jeffco Republicans overwhelmingly chose longtime Sheriff’s Office veteran Jeff Shrader in the race to replace term-limited Sheriff Ted Mink in Tuesday’s primary election.

    Shrader captured 61.6 percent of the vote to defeat Jim Shires, who had 38.3 percent. Shrader, who has no Democratic opponent in the November election, becomes the front-running favorite to take over for the iconic Mink.

    Libertarian Brett Almy and independent John Berry will also be on the November ballot in the sheriff’s race. 

  • Rosier hopes to continue work in second term

    County Commissioner Don Rosier wants to finish the work he started during his first term. 

    To do that, the Republican must fend off a challenge from Democratic nominee John Flerlage in the race in District 3, which covers the southern part of the county and includes South Jeffco, Littleton and Morrison. 

    Economic development is just one of the areas Rosier would like to keep focusing on during a second term. He said passage of a county-wide economic plan was a great start but not the end of the work. 

  • County commission candidate cites incumbent's 'disconnect'

    Columbine area resident John Flerlage, a former Marine, is determined to bring his leadership qualities to Jefferson County government. 

    Flerlage, a Democrat, is running against Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier in District 3, which covers South Jeffco. The incumbent Republican is seeking his second four-year term on the GOP-controlled commission.

    Flerlage, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, is hoping to bring his fiscal, environmental and local approach to Jeffco leadership.

    A Marine for most of his life

  • Doyle kicks off campaign in House District 25

    Evergreen resident Janet Doyle, a member of the park district board, is entering the state political arena as the Democratic candidate in House District 25. 

    “I am a moderate, pragmatic person, and I have been disappointed by the extremism in the state legislature. I think that interferes with forward progress,” Doyle said in an interview Saturday.

  • GOP candidate Keyser seeking political balance in legislature

    Colorado native Jon Keyser says he's running for the House District 25 seat to help restore political balance to the state legislature. 

    “We’re coming off of a couple of years of control by the same party,” he said. “There are no checks and balances.”

    Keyser, a Morrison resident, said he would like to serve the state as a “citizen legislator” representing the interests and concerns of those in his district. 

  • U.S. Senate candidate visits mountain area

    Independent U.S. Senate candidate Steve Shogan unveiled his first TV ads at a fund-raiser Saturday at Nick’s Pro Fitness in Evergreen.

    Supporters laughed at an ad that shows a male actor with eyes pointing in different directions and a voice-over saying, “What if your two eyes didn’t work together?” as an allusion to partisan bickering between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

    “It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to fix Congress … or maybe it does,” is the theme of the second ad, a cartoon.

  • Incumbent Reddy loses Inter-Canyon seat

    Newcomer Kerry Prielipp and incumbents Leslie Caimi and Karl Firor captured the three available seats on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board, according to Tuesday’s unofficial election results.

    Two-term incumbent Michael Reddy lost his bid for re-election.

    The unofficial vote totals:

    • Leslie Caimi: 49 votes

    • Karl Firor: 45 votes

    • Kerry Prielipp: 39 votes

    • Michael Reddy: 32 votes

  • GOP primary in assessor race offers clear choice

    The GOP primary in the Jeffco assessor race offers a clear choice: the county's deputy assessor, who has 18 years of experience in the office; and a tax consultant who has represented property owners in valuation disputes.

    Deputy Assessor Lou D’Aurio is vying for the Republican nomination with Ron Sandstrom. At the county GOP assembly on March 22, D’Aurio won 51 percent of the vote, while Sandstrom received 48 percent. The winner of the June 24 primary will face Democrat Andrew Hassinger and Libertarian Patrick Sullivan in the general election.

  • Inter-Canyon incumbent Reddy seeks third term

     Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    Inter-Canyon Fire board President Mike Reddy never intended to run for a third term. He had served two four-year terms and was ready to step down. 

    That was until the theft and embezzlement of more than $647,000 by former fire chief David MacBean came to light last year.

  • Walton stresses need for community involvement in Indian Hills fire district

    As a board member for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District, Ron Walton says that involving residents in decisions is desirable but challenging.

    “How can we get people involved before there is a problem?” he asks. “Let’s see the issues, and see the solutions.”

    Walton is one of three incumbents seeking re-election to the board of the Indian Hills district, which has three seats up for election and two challengers.