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Politics

  • 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.

  • DA candidate Carey wants more specialty courts to reduce recidivism

    Bruce Carey, the Republican candidate for district attorney in November’s election, wants to see less focus on what he calls unnecessary convictions and more attention directed at keeping people from relapsing into criminal behavior.

    The Eagle-based criminal defense attorney is running in the 5th Judicial District, which consists of Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.

  • DA candidate wants to focus on major crimes

    Sanam Mehrnia, an unaffiliated district attorney candidate, wants to see less emphasis on petty infractions and more resources directed to successfully prosecuting major crimes.

    The Frisco-based defense attorney is running for the 5th Judicial District, which consists of Clear Creek County, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.

  • Commission candidate Wood focused on county finances

    County commission candidate Sean Wood says the county needs to continue to tighten its belt to prepare for an economic future without the Henderson Mine.

    The Evergreen resident, financial adviser and longtime volunteer with the Evergreen Fire Department is running for the District 2 commission seat in November's election.

    The District 2 position is currently held by former school board president Peter Monson, who was appointed in March by the governor to fill the late Tom Hayden's seat. Monson is not running for election.

  • Commission hopeful Judge looks to future challenges

    County commission candidate Nancy Judge said county officials are moving in the right direction to prepare for the economic impact of the pending closure of the Henderson Mine.

    The Evergreen resident and longtime county resident with experience as PTA president at King-Murphy Elementary and Clear Creek Middle School is running for the District 2 commission seat in November’s election.

  • GOP selects Condon, Wood in county’s commission races

    Clear Creek Commissioner Phil Buckland announced at the March 19 Republican county assembly that he won’t seek a second four-year term.

    Buckland, who initially registered to run for re-election, said he decided to step down to help mentor younger members of the Republican Party looking to run.

  • Dems nominate Wheelock, Judge to run for county commission seats

    The Clear Creek Democrats nominated Randy Wheelock and Nancy Judge at the March 19 county assembly to contend for two county commission seats in the November election.

    County delegates also favored Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by a narrow margin in the presidential race.

    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, arrived at the start of the assembly to gear up his supporters for the campaign. Polis is being challenged by Republican Nicholas Morse in the 2nd Congressional District.

  • Former school board president Monson appointed to county commission

    Former school board president Peter Monson was appointed March 9 by the governor to fill the late Tom Hayden’s county commission seat.

    “It was quite an honor, and I hope to do the job to the best of my abilities,” Monson said, adding that he doesn’t plan to run for the seat in November’s election.

    Hayden died unexpectedly Feb. 29; his term on the commission was to expire this year. Only unaffiliated residents of District 2 were eligible for the appointment.