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Politics

  • Voters reject bond issue, tax hike for schools

    Voters on Tuesday rejected Jeffco Public Schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B, which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes. 

  • Incumbent DA Weir wins re-election

    Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir won re-election Tuesday over Democratic challenger Jake Lilly.

    With almost 290,000 total votes cast, Weir won 53 percent of the vote in the 1st Judicial District, which covers Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Lilly, an Evergreen resident and an attorney in Lakewood, had 46 percent.

    Weir said he would continue “working on prevention and intervention programs,” and would form coalitions with community stakeholders.

  • 2 Platte Canyon board members beat recall, retain seats

    Two Platte Canyon school board members have retained their seats after Park County residents rejected measures to recall them on Tuesday.

    Board President Chet Lawrence and board member Jon DeStefano were both up for recall on the Nov. 8 ballot after community members collected more than 650 signatures targeting each. The results:

    • 65.53 percent of those who cast ballots voted not to recall Lawrence, while 34 percent endorsed a recall.

  • Polis elected to fourth term in 2nd Congressional District

    Incumbent Democrat Jared Polis retained his seat in Congress, besting both Republican Nic Morse and Libertarian Richard Longstreth in the 2nd Congressional District.

    According to final results, Polis won his fifth term with 56.7 percent of the vote. Morse took 37.7 percent, and Longstreth took 5.6 percent.

  • Jeffco voters turn out for Hillary; many just glad election is over

    The results for president of the United States were far from finalized late Tuesday when Republican Donald Trump took a comfortable lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

    But in Jefferson County, the results were the opposite. As of press time, Clinton was leading Trump 49 percent to 42 percent in Jeffco and 48 percent to 42 percent in Colorado. Colorado was designated a win for Clinton about 9 p.m.

  • Jeffco Commissioner Casey Tighe survives close election

    After almost a week of watching the polls, a Jeffco candidate in one of the closest races of 2016 finally decided Monday night to concede the election to his opponent.

  • Foes of school district's bond, mill levy criticize facilities plan, shift of sixth-graders

    In the race up to Election Day, Jeffco Public Schools is facing some detractors regarding its proposed bond issue and mill levy — largely tied to apprehension over the total payback amount for the $535 million bond package; plans to move sixth-graders to middle schools; and a facilities plan that some parents believe was not well thought out.

  • Votes are in: Evergreen’s Tim Leonard retains HD 25 seat

    The Jeffco Elections Office appears to have caught up on its outstanding Election Day ballots, making it safe to declare Republican Tim Leonard the winner in the race for state House District 25.

  • Szabo, Tighe re-elected to county commission

    Election night was good to at least one local incumbent as Libby Szabo won election to the District 1 county commission seat. In the District 2 race, incumbent Democrat Casey Tighe appeared to have narrowly won, event though some ballots still were counted.

    In the District 1 race, Szabo, the Republican candidate, had garnered 53 percent of the vote to win her first full term as commissioner. Her opponent, Marti Smith, earned 47 percent of the vote.

  • Evergreen Fire wins approval for 3.5-mill tax increase

    Voters in the Evergreen Fire Protection District on Tuesday approved an increase in the district’s property tax. 

    Ballot question 4A, which increases the EFPD’s levy by 3.5 mills, was approved by 58.23 percent of district voters, with 41.77 percent opposed. 

    The tax hike is aimed at addressing financial deficits in emergency medical service operations, as well as covering the cost of implementing new community paramedicine legislation that became law earlier this year.