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Politics

  • HD 25 hopefuls debate budget, ballot items

    In addition to hearing from candidates for the Jeffco commission, residents who attended an election forum Sept. 27 at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen also heard from Tim Leonard and Tammy Story, who are vying for the state House District 25 seat.

  • Candidates for county commission debate land use, affordable housing

    Weighing economic development versus affordable housing needs, addressing Jeffco’s rapidly increasing population and moving to 100 percent renewable energy were some of the topics raised Sept. 27 during an election forum at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen.

  • 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 in District 2 commission race discuss issues facing Jeffco

     

    With the November election just six weeks away, last week the two candidates in the District 2 county commission race shared similar views about the challenges facing the county, including sensible economic development, ensuring county employee wages remain competitive, and addressing population growth without sacrificing open space. 

  • HD 25 candidates offer contrasting solutions to state issues

    The two mountain area residents vying in state House District 25 are mostly in agreement when asked to identify the critical issues facing the state — but their solutions differ dramatically.

  • One Dem candidate remains in race to run against Szabo

    Marti Smith of Arvada is the only remaining Democratic candidate seeking to run for county commissioner against incumbent Republican Libby Szabo.

    However, Smith still must be approved by a vote of the Democratic vacancy committee, which will meet at 6 p.m. April 28 at the Arvada Center for the Arts.

  • Doug Lempke: Candidate for EPRD board

    Evergreen resident Doug Lempke believes he has reached the stage in life where he's ready to give something back to the community. While attending several meetings of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, he thought: "This could be a fit." 

  • GOP candidates for U.S. Senate winnowed at state convention; Neville fails to make primary ballot

    A few days before the state Republican Party convention at which candidates for the U.S. Senate primary were to be chosen, state Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton said he would put his trust in God and the delegates. 

    Neville was one of many contenders seeking the GOP nomination in the race against Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — a group that initially included Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier and former state Rep. Jon Keyser of Morrison.

  • Monty Estis, candidate for EPRD board

    Evergreen Highlands resident and avid pickleball player Monty Estis works full-time as a systems analyst in Denver and part-time two hours a week supervising open gymnastics at Wulf Recreation Center. If he wins election to the rec district board, he said, he will  resign from his paid park-district position, which he has held for three years.    

  • 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.