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Politics

  • Evergreen’s Tim Leonard selected to replace Keyser at statehouse

    A Republican vacancy committee on Saturday appointed Tim Leonard of Evergreen to the House District 25 seat vacated by Jon Keyser, who stepped down last week to run for U.S. Senate.

  • Election canceled in Indian Hills Fire District

     Indian Hills Fire/Rescue won’t hold a board election this year, as no challengers surfaced for the two seats up for re-election.

    Incumbents Scott Kellar and Paul Pettit will continue as board members for four-year terms starting in May, said Fire Chief Emery Carson.

    Challengers had until Feb. 26 to get on the ballot, and until Feb. 29 to run as a write-in option, Carson said. 

  • Keyser announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

    Rep. Jon Keyser, the Republican who represents Conifer and Evergreen in the state House, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet. 

    The Morrison resident was elected in House District 25 in 2014, succeeding three-term representative Cheri Gerou, also a Republican.

  • Two seats on EFR board up for election in May

    Two seats on the Evergreen Fire/Rescue board of directors are up for election in May.

    Board members serve four-year terms, and are not paid.

    Self-nomination forms are available at the district’s Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, and must be returned by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. A candidate must live in the district, be an owner or spouse of someone who owns property in the district, and must pay property taxes.

  • County commission candidate focuses on property rights

    County commission candidate Frank Teunissen said he will bring a commitment to personal property rights to county government if elected.

    The Lakewood resident, a Republican, is running in the November election for the District 2 commission seat currently held by Democrat Casey Tighe. Tighe is running for re-election.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Rosier announces bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican County Commissioner Don Rosier took his first shots at Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet last Thursday as he kicked off a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

  • Jeffco library's tax increase wins approval

    The county’s voters approved a 1-mill property-tax increase for the Jeffco Public Library in Tuesday’s election.

    Results showed the ballot measure prevailed with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent.

  • Jeffco commissioner, DA candidate concerned with high prison population

    One Jeffco official and a candidate for office told the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday morning that too many people are being jailed in the county.

    “I believe we are putting too many people in jail,” said Jake Lilly, Democratic candidate for Jeffco district attorney. “I’m running for DA to get the nonviolent prisoners out of jail.”