• 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.”

  • Neville considers bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican state Sen. Tim Neville is “doing a lot of praying and a lot of conversation with those that we know” to decide whether to jump into the race for U.S. Senate.

    Neville, whose Senate district covers Evergreen and Conifer, in addition to part of Littleton, is on a listening tour around the state as he gauges support for a U.S. Senate bid. He said he plans to make a decision in October about whether to challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet.

  • Evergreen lawyer challenging Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir

    An Evergreen attorney has filed to run as a Democrat and will challenge Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir, a Republican, in the November 2016 election.

    Jake Lilly, who runs his own criminal defense firm in Lakewood and lives in Evergreen, will be the first Democrat to run for DA since 2004. Weir, who ran unopposed in 2012 and succeeded fellow Republican Scott Storey, has already filed to run for a second term.

  • Candidates for school board seat tout divergent backgrounds

    A former commercial property manager and a veteran teacher will vie for a seat on the Jeffco school board this fall.

  • Jeffco's newest commissioner sworn in

    Jeffco once again has three county commissioners.

    Former Republican state representative Libby Szabo was sworn in Friday as the newest commissioner. Szabo will serve the final two years of the term of Faye Griffin, who resigned after she was elected clerk and recorder in November.

  • Vacancy panel to name replacement for office-hopping Griffin

    As newly elected Jeffco clerk and recorder Faye Griffin prepares to serve in her third different elected position in eight years — after she resigns from her county commission seat — a GOP vacancy committee is preparing to replace her on the commission.

    E.V. Leyendecker, chairman of the Jeffco Republican Party, said the party formed a vacancy committee earlier this year after Griffin announced her plans to run for clerk and recorder — and to leave her term-limited commission seat if elected. 

  • Pro, con sides on EFR tax hike heard at forum

    The cost of providing emergency medical services is growing, and an increase in property taxes isn't a realistic way of covering those increasing expenses — at least that was the message opponents of Evergreen Fire/Rescue's proposed mill levy delivered at a candidates' forum at Evergreen's Center/Stage Theatre last week.

    John Putt, a former volunteer firefighter and communications manager for EFR, spoke about why he thinks the community should vote against the ballot measure and instead spend more time exploring other options.

  • Candidates for district attorney both favor use of specialty courts

    The two candidates vying for district attorney in Jeffco might be from different political parties, but both say they are committed to reform in the criminal justice system through expanding the use of specialty courts.

    Incumbent DA Pete Weir, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Jake Lilly of Evergreen, agree that Jeffco’s specialized problem-solving courts, including dedicated drug, adult mental health and veterans courts, provide a better and more tailored approach.