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Politics

  • Jeffco voters turn out for Hillary; many just glad election is over

    The results for president of the United States were far from finalized late Tuesday when Republican Donald Trump took a comfortable lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

    But in Jefferson County, the results were the opposite. As of press time, Clinton was leading Trump 49 percent to 42 percent in Jeffco and 48 percent to 42 percent in Colorado. Colorado was designated a win for Clinton about 9 p.m.

  • Evergreen Fire wins approval for 3.5-mill tax increase

    Voters in the Evergreen Fire Protection District on Tuesday approved an increase in the district’s property tax. 

    Ballot question 4A, which increases the EFPD’s levy by 3.5 mills, was approved by 58.23 percent of district voters, with 41.77 percent opposed. 

    The tax hike is aimed at addressing financial deficits in emergency medical service operations, as well as covering the cost of implementing new community paramedicine legislation that became law earlier this year.

  • 2 Platte Canyon board members beat recall, retain seats

    Two Platte Canyon school board members have retained their seats after Park County residents rejected measures to recall them on Tuesday.

    Board President Chet Lawrence and board member Jon DeStefano were both up for recall on the Nov. 8 ballot after community members collected more than 650 signatures targeting each. The results:

    • 65.53 percent of those who cast ballots voted not to recall Lawrence, while 34 percent endorsed a recall.

  • Polis elected to fourth term in 2nd Congressional District

    Incumbent Democrat Jared Polis retained his seat in Congress, besting both Republican Nic Morse and Libertarian Richard Longstreth in the 2nd Congressional District.

    According to final results, Polis won his fifth term with 56.7 percent of the vote. Morse took 37.7 percent, and Longstreth took 5.6 percent.

  • Voters reject bond issue, tax hike for schools

    Voters on Tuesday rejected Jeffco Public Schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B, which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes. 

  • Votes are in: Evergreen’s Tim Leonard retains HD 25 seat

    The Jeffco Elections Office appears to have caught up on its outstanding Election Day ballots, making it safe to declare Republican Tim Leonard the winner in the race for state House District 25.

  • Incumbent DA Weir wins re-election

    Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir won re-election Tuesday over Democratic challenger Jake Lilly.

    With almost 290,000 total votes cast, Weir won 53 percent of the vote in the 1st Judicial District, which covers Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Lilly, an Evergreen resident and an attorney in Lakewood, had 46 percent.

    Weir said he would continue “working on prevention and intervention programs,” and would form coalitions with community stakeholders.

  • Foes of school district's bond, mill levy criticize facilities plan, shift of sixth-graders

    In the race up to Election Day, Jeffco Public Schools is facing some detractors regarding its proposed bond issue and mill levy — largely tied to apprehension over the total payback amount for the $535 million bond package; plans to move sixth-graders to middle schools; and a facilities plan that some parents believe was not well thought out.

  • Candidates for Jeffco’s District 1 commission seat differ on challenges ahead

    The candidates vying for the Jeffco commission’s District 1 seat both have their eyes on addressing the challenges posed by future growth, but the challenger said leading her agenda would be fixing a perceived lack of transparency between the county and its residents.

  • 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.