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Term-limit controversy ends, yet incumbents win

Local races provided plenty of surprises on Tuesday, but not at Centennial Hall, as three incumbent Republican county commissioners were easily re-elected. In District 2, Amy Lathen defeated a Green Party candidate by nearly a 4-to-1 margin, garnering 37,707 votes to her opponent’s 10,708. In District 4, Dennis Hisey’s win over Democrat Doskor Hanchett was… Continue Reading Term-limit controversy ends, yet incumbents win

For those of us who delight in the political theater of the absurd, Nov. 2 was an unmitigated delight. Dan Maes! Tom Tancredo! The Ugly Three! Dick “it’s not my fault” Wadhams! Strong Mayor to be named later! And most of all, the bamboozled voters of El Paso County, who loosened term limits when they… Continue Reading To feel better about local government, lower their pay

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Term limit for commissioners should remain at two

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The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners wants voters to extend commissioners’ term limits to allow incumbents to run for a third term. We’re not in favor of this for two primary reasons. First, there is little evidence that the limit of two, four-year terms, which was approved by voters statewide in 1994, has… Continue Reading Term limit for commissioners should remain at two

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Term limits: A matter of choice for voters

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By Sallie Clark Recently, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners placed several questions on the November ballot. Since state law doesn’t provide a petition process at the county level, placement by the commissioners is the only method county questions can be referred to the voters. One initiative gives voters the option to decide on… Continue Reading Term limits: A matter of choice for voters

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