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Politics

  • Proposal to expand county commission won’t be on November ballot

    A grassroots effort to add two members to the Jeffco Board of Commissioners has failed to get the proposal on the November ballot.

    Jeffco 5, a nonpartisan group that favors increasing the number of commissioners from three to five, was able to gather only about 10,000 signatures of registered voters before the June 30 deadline. Some 17,444 valid signatures were required. 

  • 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. 

  • Independent commission candidate seeks changes

    Independent county commission candidate Greg Standley wants to see some changes — more-accessible commissioners, more-understandable planning rules, and more options for discarding slash.

    The Morrison resident said he was motivated to run for commissioner after negative experiences with Jeffco Planning and Zoning while trying to make improvements to his property.

    “Zoning resolutions need to be rewritten so they can be understood,” he said. 

  • 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

  • Dredging planned in the spring at Evergreen Lake

    Officials are planning to dredge Evergreen Lake in the spring to clean out sediment brought in by the September 2013 flooding.

    The “stealth” dredging project will be done with a pontoon boat to minimize the impacts on lake users, said Dave Lighthart, general manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District.

    Sediment material will be pumped from the boat through a pipe to a “de-watering” operation that will separate the water from the sediment. The water will be treated before being put back into the lake, Lighthart said.