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Politics

  • Three Dems in contention to challenge Szabo for commission seat

    Jeffco Democrats saw some unusual action at their March 19 county assembly when the names of five county residents were put forward to run for the county commission seat in District 1 against incumbent Republican Libby Szabo. 

  • Election canceled in Indian Hills Fire District

     Indian Hills Fire/Rescue won’t hold a board election this year, as no challengers surfaced for the two seats up for re-election.

    Incumbents Scott Kellar and Paul Pettit will continue as board members for four-year terms starting in May, said Fire Chief Emery Carson.

    Challengers had until Feb. 26 to get on the ballot, and until Feb. 29 to run as a write-in option, Carson said. 

  • Three candidates running for two open seats on EPRD board

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will hold a polling-place election May 3 to decide two open seats on the five-member board of directors.   

    Eight-year board member Janet Heck Doyle, who served two four-year terms, is term-limited. Andrew Adamowski, who was elected in 2012, is not running for a second term.

    Three people submitted self-nomination forms by the deadline, which was Feb. 26: Doug Lempke, Monty Estis and Bill May. 

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

    The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrive in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • County commission candidate focuses on property rights

    County commission candidate Frank Teunissen said he will bring a commitment to personal property rights to county government if elected.

    The Lakewood resident, a Republican, is running in the November election for the District 2 commission seat currently held by Democrat Casey Tighe. Tighe is running for re-election.

  • Evergreen’s Tim Leonard selected to replace Keyser at statehouse

    A Republican vacancy committee on Saturday appointed Tim Leonard of Evergreen to the House District 25 seat vacated by Jon Keyser, who stepped down last week to run for U.S. Senate.

  • Two seats on EFR board up for election in May

    Two seats on the Evergreen Fire/Rescue board of directors are up for election in May.

    Board members serve four-year terms, and are not paid.

    Self-nomination forms are available at the district’s Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, and must be returned by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. A candidate must live in the district, be an owner or spouse of someone who owns property in the district, and must pay property taxes.

  • Jeffco prepares for arrival of immigrant kids

    The potential spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented Central American children at a Jeffco federal facility should have few impacts on local law enforcement and the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Administration of Children and Families, which is overseeing the program.