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Politics

  • Brown retains position as district attorney

    Incumbent District Attorney Bruce Brown bested both of his opponents to win a second term in office in the Nov. 8 election.

    Brown took 42.8 percent of the vote in Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties, which make up the 5th Judicial District.

    Brown was challenged by Republican Bruce Carey, an Eagle-based criminal defense attorney who received 40.5 percent of the vote, and Sanam Mehrnia, a Frisco-based attorney who ran as an independent and received 16.7 percent of the vote.

  • Voters reject health service district

    County Commissioner Tim Mauck hopes there’s another way to move forward with providing health care to residents after the five ballot questions asking voters to establish a health service district failed on Nov. 8.

    Election results showed that all five of the questions to establish the district failed, with negative totals between 51 percent and 69 percent of the vote. For the question to pass, all questions relating to the district needed to be approved by county voters.

  • Wheelock elected to county commission; Wood narrowly wins District 2 race

    Randy Wheelock topped Republican Cindy Condon in the District 3 county commission race with 53 percent of the vote on Nov. 8. Wheelock will replace Republican Phil Buckland, who did not run for a second term.

  • Polis elected to fifth term in 2nd Congressional District

    Democrat Jared Polis said he was overwhelmed by the support shown when he was re-elected to his fifth term in the 2nd Congressional District last week.

    Polis retained his seat in Congress, besting both Republican Nic Morse and Libertarian Richard Longstreth. Polis captured 56.7 percent of the vote. Morse took 37.7 percent, and Longstreth took 5.6 percent.

    The district includes Clear Creek, Jefferson, Grand, Summit, Boulder and Larimer counties, as well as a significant portion of the Front Range.

  • Challengers differ with incumbent congressman on local, federal issues

    Incumbent Democrat Jared Polis is being challenged in the 2nd Congressional District by Republican Nic Morse and Libertarian Richard Longstreth in the Nov. 8 election.

    The district includes Clear Creek County as well as Jefferson, Grand, Summit, Boulder and Larimer counties, as well as a significant portion of the Front Range.

    The Courant sent questions to the three candidates covering a variety of topics, including what makes each the best candidate and what they see as major issues in the district, specifically in Clear Creek County.

  • State rep wants to continue work on education, economy

    Incumbent Democrat KC Becker is running unopposed for a second term in state House District 13.

    “Because I don’t have an opponent, I’m not spending time fund-raising for myself,” Becker said, adding that she’s not spending a lot of money on advertising this time around.

    “I think people appreciate it, because there is enough noise in the campaigns right now,” she said. “It (also) allows me to focus on the issues that matter in my district instead of on a campaign.”

  • DA candidates spar in debate

    The three candidates for Clear Creek district attorney took turns being cross-examined during a Sept. 19 Republican-hosted forum at Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs.

    Incumbent DA Bruce Brown, a Democrat, is running for a second term and was in the hot seat during much of the forum.

  • Wheelock determined to take on county’s challenges

    County commission candidate Randy Wheelock says the county needs a strong advocate in dealing with future Interstate 70 expansion and a future without the Henderson Mine.

    The Empire resident, general contractor, former elected official and longtime leader of the Clear Creek Democrats is running for the District 3 commission seat in the Nov. 8 election. District 3 incorporates the west end of the county, including Empire, Georgetown and Silver Plume.

  • Clear Creek proposing excise tax on pot businesses

    Clear Creek County will ask voters to approve a 5 percent-per-sale excise tax on marijuana in the Nov. 8 election.

    The ballot question will ask if the county can collect an excise tax on wholesales sales at dispensaries, businesses that sell only edibles or at growing facilities.

    Officials hope residents approve the ballot question so the county can help offset the declining property-tax revenues from the expected closure of the Henderson Mine in the next several years.

  • Incumbent DA hopes to build on first term

    Incumbent District Attorney Bruce Brown is running for a second term, saying he wants to build on his success prosecuting criminals and representing victims during his first four years.

    Brown, a Democrat, is the DA in the 5th District, which includes Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.