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Politics

  • Springs voters approve 1-cent boost in sales tax

    Idaho Springs voters overwhelmingly approved a 1-cent increase in the city sales tax, which officials hope to use for road maintenance.
    According to unofficial results from the Nov. 4 election, 61 percent of voters favored the tax hike.
    The current total sales-tax rate in Idaho Springs is 6.9 percent, of which 3 percent goes to the city. Officials say the city hasn’t raised its sales tax in recent memory, and the increase is projected to raise $350,000 a year in additional revenue.

  • Polis wins re-election to Congress

    Incumbent Democrat Jared Polis defeated Republican challenger George Leing 55 percent to 45 percent in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Evergreen and Conifer.

    Tallies from the Colorado Secretary of State's office showed Polis's win to be 54.7 percent of the vote over Leing's percent at 45.3 percent of the vote.

  • Grantham re-elected to state Senate

    Here's a roundup of local candidates and issues in Tuesday's election.

    Senate District 2

    State Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, won his second term by defeating Bailey resident and Green Party candidate Martin Wirth with 75 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

    Clear Creek County was added to Grantham’s district in 2011, joining El Paso, Park, Teller and Fremont counties as part of the newly reformed District 2.

  • Becker elected in state House District 13

    Incumbent Democrat KC Becker won relection in state House District 13 by a wide margin, defeating Republican challenger Michael Hocevar of Georgetown.

    Becker captured 67 percent of the vote.

    While the margin was closer in Clear Creek, Hocevar failed to carry the county by 30 votes, according to unofficial county results.

    "We knew it was going to be a tough election environment, and it being a midterm, that is just how these things go," Becker said.

  • Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs

    Election-inspired shenanigans are in full swing in Clear Creek County as campaigns move into the last few weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

  • Polis, Leing in battle for 2nd Congressional District seat

    Niwot lawyer George Leing, a Republican, is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Idaho Springs and Georgetown.

    The wide-ranging district includes Jefferson and Clear Creek counties, as well as mountain towns farther west and a broad swath of cities on the Front Range running all the way to Colorado’s northern border.

  • Idaho Springs to seek 1-cent boost in city sales tax

    Idaho Springs will ask voters in November for a 1-cent increase in the city sales tax to be used for road maintenance.

    The current sales-tax rate in Idaho Springs is 6.9 percent, of which 3 percent goes to the city. If approved by voters on Nov. 4, the total sales tax would be 7.9 percent.

    Officials say the city hasn't raised its sales tax in recent memory, and the increase would bring the city an estimated$350,000 a year in additional revenue. They expect the majority of the money would come from the city's visitors.

  • Sen. Grantham addresses high-speed transit, mining issues

    Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, visited Idaho Springs on July 10 to talk with constituents about issues ranging from the probability of high-speed transit along Interstate 70 to the future of mining.
    Grantham, who met with about a dozen people at the Idaho Springs library, added the county to his district 2011 as part of the newly reformed District 2, replacing the county’s then legislator Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, D-Gilpin County. Clear Creek joined El Paso, Park, Teller and Fremont counties.

  • Mauck running unopposed

    County Commissioner Tim Mauck is running unopposed for the District 1 seat in Clear Creek County.

    The Idaho Springs Democrat is running this year to retain the seat he won in 2010. 

    Write-in candidates had until April 18 to express an intent to run. An independent or unaffiliated candidate can still petition through July 10 to be on November’s general-election ballot.

    Mauck and his fellow commissioners, Tom Hayden and Phil Buckland, each make an annual salary of $58,500, by state statute.

  • Four incumbents, three newcomers elected to Empire Board of Trustees

    Old and new faces are joining Empire’s Board of Trustees after the town’s April 1 election.

    Mayor Wendy Koch, running unopposed, was re-elected, as were incumbents Brian Gilbert, Tim Davis and Bernie Hubner. The board will be joined by newcomers Cha Fontana, Rick Koetz and Marc Reagon.

    Michael Spies was the only incumbent who didn’t win his bid for re-election, while Trustees Rob Morris and Kevin Reis did not seek re-election.