Every year in October I write about the choices on the ballot for the fall election. It’s easy to write because explicit recommendations for candidates and ballot initiatives take up a lot of words. While I will make explicit recommendations for all offices up in Jefferson County this year, I think it is important to hear about the quality of candidates up for election. It is important now to realize whether or not someone running for office is a good person.
Maybe six years ago I first met Heidi Ganahl in person at the Automobile Dealers Building. It was a meet the candidates function and we talked only for a half-hour or so. But Heidi impressed me greatly as a woman of both character and substance. Her character was exhibited by the way she rose to the challenge of life’s adversities that are shown at times. Her substance beneath her character enabled her to conquer life’s challenges successfully. I was greatly impressed by her as a person in that conversation and thought that she deserved to be on the CU Board of Regents. That ambition came true and electing Heidi as our next Governor will put a capable and competent woman in a place where she can accomplish a lot of good for Colorado.
Another good and capable person on the ballot this fall is Jeffco’s own Lang Sias. He is running to be State Treasurer and electing him would put an accomplished man in a key position. Like Heidi Ganahl, I’ve had some conversations with Lang Sias and he is an excellent man of sterling character who would make a spectacular State Treasurer.
Another Jeffco resident, Pam Anderson, is running for Secretary of State. She is a thoroughly competent professional who would make an excellent Secretary of State. Pam Anderson is also a wonderful and kind person. John Kellner is a very competent prosecutor who would make a wonderful Attorney General. Dan Maloit would make a wonderful addition to the State Board of Education.
Jefferson County has three Congressional districts, CD-2, CD-6 and CD-7. I’ve known Marshall Dawson the Republican nominee in CD-2 for a few years now. He is an excellent man that would make a good Congressman. Steve Monahan in CD-6 and Erik Aadland in CD-7. I’m voting for Molly Lamar for CD-6 representative to the State Board of Education. I’m voting for Joe O’Dea in the contest for the U.S. Senate.
In Jefferson County we have some wonderful local candidates who are seeking election. Chief among them are a wonderful gentleman, State Rep Colin Larson of Littleton, who needs to be reelected in House District 25. Dan Montoya in House District 28 is a newcomer who deserves to be elected as Jaylen Mosqueria in House District 38. Other candidates that you can vote for are Fred Clifford in House District 23, Bill Patterson in House District 24, Lynn Emrick in House District 27, Vanessa DeMott in House District 29, Russ Carter in House District 30, Mark Baisley in Senate District 4, Tim Walsh in Senate District 20 and Colby Dreschel in Senate District 22.
For local offices, I urge a vote for Don Rosier for County Commissioner, Libby Szabo for County Assessor, Vicki Pyne for County Clerk and Recorder. For the best manner to combat crime I urge a vote for Ed Brady for Jeffco Sheriff. Former Treasurer Faye Griffin should be elected again to her old job. Bob Hennessey should be reelected County Surveyor and Matt Archuleta should be elected County Coroner.
Joe Webb is the former chairman of the Jeffco Republican party.
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