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Rosier wins re-election to Board of County Commissioners

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By Ramsey Scott

Republican Don Rosier’s bid to win a second term on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners was successful. Rosier captured 50 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Democratic challenger John Flerlage. Independent candidate Greg Standley had about 8 percent.

Rosier, a water resources engineer, won the seat in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman. The Republican has focused on fiscal issues since first being elected and has been a critic of the county using reserve funds to balance the budget.

"Obviously, we're very happy with the results," Rosier said. "I feel it's a reflection of all the hard work I put in my first term. And I'm going to keep up my hard work and dedication for my second term.

"I'm going to work to make sure county tax dollars are invested wisely and, after the next four years, the county will be left in a better situation and better place than when I was first elected."

Flerlage, a former Marine and current airline pilot who ran against U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in 2010, has focused his campaign on improving the county’s retention of employees and rolling back the county’s cuts to social services programs. 

"I think the momentum of the (Jeffco) school board election and the Republican dissatisfaction with government was working for them this election," Flerlage said. "I don't know if South Jeffco is ready for a non-Republican." 

Flerlage said he would continue to work on fighting hostile annexations, referring to the proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza Mall by Bow Mar, and on campaign finance reform.   

Standley, a mediator with MillerCoors, ran as an independent and focused his campaign on increasing the openness and transparency of the commission.