• Democrats nominate Albers in sheriff’s race

    Rick Albers was chosen by Democratic delegates as the party’s candidate for sheriff at the March 15 county assembly.

    Albers beat out fellow Democrat Jim Vogt, who did not receive the 30 percent of the 35 delegate votes needed to make the June 24 primary ballot.

    Vogt indicated to the Courant he is considering petitioning to get onto the primary ballot.

    The Republican Party has not yet named a candidate for the office.

  • Becker expresses support for education funding, flood relief

    State Rep. KC Becker shared her commitment to find funding for education despite TABOR restrictions and to help victims of last fall’s flooding, during the Democratic county assembly on March 15.

    A former Boulder city councilwoman, Becker was chosen in October by a Democratic vacancy committee to replace state Rep. Claire Levy in House District 13. Levy left to become executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Becker is up for election this November and so far has no announced opposition.

  • 7 running for six Silver Plume board seats

    Seven newcomers have declared their candidacies for six seats on Silver Plume’s Board of Trustees.

    They join Lee Berenato, Silver Plume’s mayor from 2008 until 2010, who is running unopposed for another term as chief executive. If elected, Berenato will replace Fred Lyssy, who has been mayor since 2010.

    The election is April 1, and voting will be in person only at the Small Town Hall.

    Berenato said he is running again for the position because the town’s government needs someone with institutional memory.

  • 9 running for 6 Empire Board of Trustees seats

    Four incumbents and five newcomers have declared their candidacies for six seats on Empire’s Board of Trustees.

    They join incumbent Mayor Wendy Koch, who is running for her third term in the April 1 election. Koch is unopposed.

    Koch said she’s running again because the town is about to finalize several large infrastructure projects, including water and wastewater upgrades and water meters, that she wants to see in place before leaving office.

  • Caucuses draw moderate turnout

    Clear Creek County's caucus night March 4 garnered a moderate turnout for a non-presidential election year, according to local Republican and Democratic leadership.

    Up for election this November are the local offices of sheriff, District 1 county commissioner, coroner, treasurer, and clerk and recorder.

    So far, however, the only contested race in the county is that of sheriff. Democrats Rick Albers, a major in the Sheriff's Office, and Jim Vogt, former sergeant with the Idaho Springs Police Department, are vying for the position.

  • Idaho Springs mayoral candidates drop to three


    Mayor Jack Morgan and Ward 3 council members Phyllis Adams and Michael Hillman are the remaining candidates in the Nov. 5 Idaho Springs mayoral race.

    The mayoral election, which initially started with five candidates, is down to three as LeeAnn Lindsay and Chris Risley have told the Courant they’re dropping out. Risley said his departure was due to the time commitment, and Lindsay said she was dropping out because her politics fell in line with Hillman’s.

  • Communication, business friendliness divide Ward 1 candidates

    The two candidates running for the contested Ward 1 seat on the Idaho Springs city council disagree on how well the city is communicating with residents.

    Incumbent Denise Deese wants to see better transparency among the city’s current administration and its stakeholders and citizens. 

    Her opponent, Roger Holman, said there is open and strong communication among city leaders and constituents. His issue is bringing businesses back to the city and finding ways to cut the city’s red tape.

  • Council hopefuls see city differently

    The two candidates running for the open Ward 3 seat on the Idaho Springs city council agree that the city needs to work with the Colorado Department of Transportation to revitalize Colorado Boulevard on the east end of town.

    But beyond that their priorities diverge: Former city council member Bob Bowland wants to spruce up the town and increase partnerships among the city’s stakeholders. His opponent, Brian Nuernberger, is interested in finding avenues to bring new business and tourists to town.

  • Springs mayoral candidates seek new direction

    Dissatisfaction with the city’s leadership and the importance of building community in Idaho Springs are at the heart of the Nov. 5 municipal election, in which three of five candidates for mayor agree on what must be done but differ on how it should be accomplished.

    The list of would-be mayoral candidates includes current Mayor Jack Morgan, Ward 3 council members Phyllis Adams and Michael Hillman, and residents LeeAnn Lindsay and Chris Risley.

  • Polis speaks on Syria, immigration, federal deficit reduction

    Congressman Jared Polis addressed the Syrian crisis and immigration issues while speaking at Judaism in the Foothills in Evergreen on Friday night.

    “Clearly, we do not want to be mired down in Syria,” Polis said. “The question is, ‘What role can America play?’ ”

    Approximately 1,400 people recently were killed with a nerve gas in Syria, and President Obama is seeking congressional approval for U.S. military intervention in the strife-filled country.