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Politics

  • Tancredo slams Hickenlooper in local appearance

    Evergreen’s one-time congressman, Tom Tancredo, brought his gubernatorial campaign to Marshdale on Jan. 27, and the Republican hammered away at Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper.

    Tancredo — whose lengthy political career has included a run for president and a previous bid for governor as nominee of the American Constitution Party — got a warm reception at the 285 Corridor Tea Party meeting on a snowy late-January evening.

  • Longtime officer Shires running for sheriff

     For Jim Shires, his candidacy for Jeffco sheriff came down to putting up or shutting up. 

    Shires, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, said he wanted to lead the agency he’s been part of for more than 28 years in a much-needed turnaround. He pointed to the high employee turnover rate in the Sheriff’s Office as a sign the organization needs new leadership. 

  • Berry brings boisterous approach to bid for Jeffco sheriff

    John Berry wants to be the face of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.
    Berry, a Republican running in 2014 to replace Ted Mink as sheriff, said a change in philosophy is needed in the department. And he says that change starts with the sheriff himself.

  • Griffin to run for clerk’s position again

    County Commissioner Faye Griffin is planning to run for Jeffco clerk and recorder — a position she held previously — two years before her current term on the commission ends in 2016. 

    If elected once again to the clerk job, the Republican said, she would step down as a commissioner. In that event, a GOP vacancy committee would appoint a person to serve the final two years of Griffin’s term.

    Current Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson is term-limited, so that office will be up for grabs in the 2014 election.

  • Q&A with school board candidates

    Six candidates are vying for the three open seats on the Jeffco Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election.

    School board candidates run in geographic districts in nonpartisan races, but voters throughout the county cast ballots in all the races.

    The Jeffco school board has five members who represent five districts. Board members are not paid and serve four-year terms. The terms of Laura Boggs, Paula Noonan and Michele Patterson expire in November.

    The terms of board President Lesley Dahlkemper and board member Jill Fellman end in November 2015.

  • Indian Hills residents protest bond issue for new fire station

    Indian Hills residents sharply criticized a proposed bond issue for a new fire station, which would double the current mill rate in their district, during a community meeting Oct. 17.

    If passed in the November mail-in election, ballot measure 5A would generate $3 million to build a larger facility that would replace the present 57-year-old structure. The actual debt incurred by the district could be as much as $5 million in total repayment costs.

  • Candidates disagree on education vouchers

    Editor’s note: With numerous forums for the six school board candidates, the Courier will focus each story on one single issue that arises in each debate. Click on “Politics” under the “News” tab for candidate profiles and for coverage from previous forums.

    Jeffco school board candidates shared their views on education vouchers during a debate at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lakewood on Oct. 10.

  • Williams wants to bring parent's perspective to school board

    Julie Williams, a Colorado native and a product of Jeffco schools, is running for school board.

    Williams, who is making her first bid for public office, is vying with Tonya Aultman-Bettridge in District 1, which covers the northern part of the county. Robin Johnson, who had held the District 1 seat since 2009, resigned in August after moving out of the county.

  • Indian Hills residents to vote on bond issue for new fire station

    When Indian Hills residents get their ballots in the mail for this November’s election, they will be asked to vote on a bond issue to fund construction of a new fire station.

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District is asking residents to support Issue 5A, a bond issue capped at $3 million to build a new fire station on Parmalee Gulch Road.

    A new station would have larger bay areas and space to accommodate additional wildland fire equipment, and would replace the aging 57-year old structure, said Fire Chief Emery Carson.

  • Longtime education consultant running for school board

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education.

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.

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