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Voters extend mill levies for Hayden, South Routt

Voters within the Hayden and South Routt school districts turned out with overwhelming support to extend mill levy taxes in each district, according to preliminary results Tuesday night.

Millions poured into Colorado Senate, gubernatorial races

Colorado’s campaign season means lots of ballots in the mail and issues weighing on voters’ minds.

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Brita Horn wins Routt County treasurer's race with 52 percent of the vote

Republican Brita Horn was elected Routt County treasurer Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Nikki Knoebel by collecting 52.18 percent of the vote. Horn had 5,068 votes to Knoebel’s 4,713 votes.

Proponents of downtown tax are optimistic heading into Election Day

Sometime after 7 p.m. Tuesday, everyone will learn whether commercial property owners in the downtown BID will pay an extra property tax worth four mills that could be spent on things like wayfinding signage, trash and recycling collection and parking management.

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1st all-mail partisan election looks like a winner at the polls

Routt County Elections Supervisor Kim Bonner confirmed that as of about 1:30 p.m. Monday, 7,746 ballots, representing 50 percent of the eligible voters, had been cast.

State House candidates fed up with super PACs

Candidate Chuck McConnell said the charge that he backs a plan to drain tax dollars out of public schools in Routt and Eagle counties and send them to private schools in Denver is “ludicrous, but probably hurting me.” The claim was made in a super PAC mailer.

Tree Haus district seeks referendum to improve sewer line

A referendum on the local ballot next week will ask the residents of Steamboat's Tree Haus Metropolitan District to approve an increase in their mill levy to help pay off the cost of improving its sewer system.

Tina Kyprios, Kay Weinland and Catherine Carson: Exercise your right to vote

The 2014 General Election is a mail ballot election. Mail ballots were sent to all eligible voters to the address on their voter registration, beginning Oct. 14.

Abel Tapia: How a problem solver solves problems

Long before I was a state senator, before becoming a small-business owner but right after I had started my own family, I became a licensed professional engineer. I was motivated by the opportunity to better my wife and children, and I loved the opportunity to fix things and to solve complex problems. Along the way, I became inspired by the Engineer’s Code of Ethics.

Scott Tipton: Bringing common sense to DC

Throughout the past four years, it has been an honor representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. We have seen our economy marginally improve during the past four years, but as you know, we still have a long way to go.

Wayne Williams: Ensuring Colorado elections run fairly

My name is Wayne Williams, El Paso County clerk and recorder and candidate for Colorado Secretary of State. Seventeen years ago, I first served on the Canvass Board overseeing elections. I saw firsthand the importance of fair and accurate processes.

Joe Neguse: Empower citizens with right to vote

My name is Joe Neguse, and I am running for secretary of state for a very simple reason: I believe that the right to vote is sacred. My parents came to this country more than 30 years ago from a war torn country in East Africa.

Cory Gardner: Bring us together

Coloradans are independent thinkers who expect candidates for office to present a clear and positive vision for the future of our state.

Gaylon Kent: Accept the challenge

Friends, throughout history it has been common to ask, “If not us, who, and if not now, when?” That question resonates this election season.

Mark Udall: Collaboration delivered

Nearly six years ago, the people of Colorado sent me to the U.S. Senate on a promise to bring Colorado common sense to Washington. With the nation reeling from two wars in the Middle East and an economy hobbled by a financial crisis, we needed a change.

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Downtown Steamboat stakeholders still deciding whether tax proposal is worth the price

The fate of a proposed property tax increase in downtown Steamboat Springs rests in the hands of downtown business owners like Wendy Lyon.

Bob Beauprez: Colorado, we can do better

Opportunity that used to come here is passing us by. Good jobs that have supported our communities are being threatened, and some have left the state. We see economic numbers telling us that there’s pockets of good news, but in much of the state, families still are waiting for the recovery to show up at their kitchen table.

John Hickenlooper: Building on a strong foundation

Despite devastating fires and a historic flood — despite 13 federally declared disasters — we have not merely survived; overall, our state has thrived.

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Resources available to help voters make educated decisions on judges

Voters this election season will not find the names of James Garrecht and Shelley Hill on yard signs.

Local political volunteers know who has voted and who is waiting to cast a ballot

Political volunteers might want to set down their phones just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday, when the Denver Broncos take to Sports Authority Field to take on the rival San Diego Chargers.

Betsy Markey: Accountability, not partisanship

Hello, fellow Coloradans. I am running to be your next state treasurer. Many of you know that I have more than 30 years experience running two successful businesses, working in the public sector in the Departments of Treasury and Homeland Security and, of course, Congress.

Walker Stapleton: Protecting taxpayers across state of Colorado

It has been an honor to serve as your state treasurer for the past 3 1/2 years. Since taking office in January 2011, I have woken up each day focused on protecting Colorado’s taxpayers. Too often, politicians need to be reminded that your hard-earned tax dollars should be protected and not used as their personal piggy bank.

Don Quick: Fighting to keep communities safe

I am running to be Colorado’s next attorney general to protect all that makes Colorado great: our people, our communities and our natural treasures. I’ve spent my career as a prosecutor, not a politician, and I know by working together, we can build a safer and stronger Colorado.

Cynthia Coffman: Experience brings continuity to office

I have been honored to serve as your chief deputy attorney general for the past 9 1/2 years. As second-in-command of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, I have worked with General John Suthers to build an exceptional public law office for the state and its residents.

Henry Roman: Spreading access to a high-quality education

I am running to represent the 3rd Congressional District on the State Board of Education because I think that all children in Colorado deserve access to a high-quality education.

Marcia Neal: Representing rural schools

I’m Marcia Neal, and I’m running for re-election to the State Board of Education for a second term. I’m a Colorado native and have lived in Grand Junction all of my adult life. I have 25 years in the classroom, mostly as a history teacher. I then served eight years on the Board of Education in Mesa County. In 2008, I was elected to the State Board.

Cari Hermacinski: 5 reasons to vote for challenger

I am Cari Hermacinski, and I’d like to be your Routt County commissioner. As a lifelong resident of the Yampa Valley, I want to work to make certain Routt County stays a place for future generations to prosper and enjoy.

Steve Ivancie: Experience creates effective leadership

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Routt County as your commissioner and look forward to earning your vote to continue to manage the future of Routt County.

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Election forum draws 160 people

Local and state candidates faced off Tuesday night in an election forum hosted by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, Routt County Democratic and Republican parties and the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Election Guide 2014: Routt County clerk mails out close to 15,000 ballots

Voters to participate in Colorado’s 1st mail-in contested partisan election

Ballots for the 2014 general election will be arriving in the homes of Routt County residents this week. The Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office reports that 14,932 ballots were mailed out to registered voters Oct. 13.

Election Guide 2014: Cari Hermacinski

Cari Hermacinski is running against Steve Ivancie for the District 3 Routt County commissioner seat.

Election Guide 2014: Steve Ivancie

Steve Ivancie is running against Cari Hermacinski for the District 3 Routt County commissioner seat.

Election Guide 2014: Tight race develops for Colorado governor

Bob Beauprez and Jill Repella are running against John Hickenlooper and Joe Garcia for the offices of Colorado governor and lieutenant governor.

Election Guide 2014: Diane Mitsch Bush

Diane Mitsch Bush is running against Chuck McConnell for the Colorado House District 26 seat.

Election Guide 2014: Chuck McConnell

Chuck McConnell is running against Diane Mitsch Bush for the Colorado House District 26 seat.

Election Guide 2014: Former state senator challenges 2-term incumbent for 3rd Congressional District

Abel Tapia is running against Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat.

Election Guide 2014: Nikki Knoebel

Nikki Knoebel is running against Brita Horn for the Routt County treasurer and public trustee seat.

Election Guide 2014: Brita Horn

Brita Horn is running against Nikki Knoebel for the Routt County treasurer and public trustee seat.

Election Guide 2014: Darrel Levingston

Darrel Levingston is running against Rob Ryg for the Routt County coroner seat.

Election Guide 2014: Rob Ryg

Rob Ryg is running against Darrel Levingston for the Routt County coroner seat.

Election Guide 2014: Udall, Gardner face off; Libertarian hails from Steamboat

Mark Udall, Cory Gardner and Gaylon Kent are running for the United States Senate seat.

Election Guide 2014: Neal vs. Roman for State Board of Education

Marcia Neal is running against Henry Roman for the 3rd Congressional District seat on the State Board of Education.

Election Guide 2014: Soroco, Hayden school districts seek mill levy extensions

The Hayden and South Routt school districts are asking their residents to renew special property taxes that originally were approved four years ago but are scheduled to sunset for Hayden at the end of this year and for South Routt at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Election Guide 2014: Retention of judges

Voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether to retain Judge Shelley A. Hill for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, and Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht.

Election Guide 2014: Amendment 68 ties horse racing to school funding

Amendment 68 proposes a change to the Colorado constitution to allow and tax limited gambling at horse racing tracks in three counties on the Front Range, with tax proceeds going directly to kindergarten through 12th-grade education.

Election Guide 2014: Neguse, Williams square off for secretary of state

Joe Neguse is running against Wayne Williams for the secretary of state seat previously held by Scott Gessler.

Election Guide 2014: Former congresswoman takes on incumbent state treasurer

Incumbent Walker Stapleton is running against Betsy Markey for the state treasurer seat.

Election Guide 2014: Coffman, Quick face off in attorney general race

Cynthia Coffman is running against Don Quick for the attorney general seat.

Election Guide 2014: Amendment 67 seeks to define personhood in Colorado

Amendment 67 is a constitutional amendment that if approved by voters will provide a definition for a “person” and a “child” in the Colorado criminal code.

Election Guide 2014: Proposition 105 would require GMO labeling

Proposition 105 asks voters to approve a measure that would change Colorado law to require food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be clearly labeled “Produced With Genetic Engineering” when sold in Colorado starting July 1, 2016.

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Steamboat Springs RE3 School District

Town of Hayden

Steamboat Springs City Council, District 1

Steamboat Springs City Council, District 2

Steamboat Springs City Council, District 3

Steamboat Springs City Council, at-large

Steamboat Springs School Board, at-large (3 seats open)

Steamboat Springs School Board, at-large, 2-year term

South Routt School Board, District 2

South Routt School Board, District 4

South Routt School Board, District 5

South Routt School Board, District 6

South Routt School Board, District 7

Hayden School Board, at-large (2 seats open)

Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees, director, District 2