Re-elect Jahn, give Zenzinger the green light

Our view

Posted 10/19/14

Looking at the Jefferson County region for House and Senate races we see incumbents energized to stay in office with a few new faces as worthy challengers.

From the top, it’s a pleasure to endorse incumbent Sen. Cheri Jahn in Senate District …

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Re-elect Jahn, give Zenzinger the green light

Our view

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Looking at the Jefferson County region for House and Senate races we see incumbents energized to stay in office with a few new faces as worthy challengers.

From the top, it’s a pleasure to endorse incumbent Sen. Cheri Jahn in Senate District 20. We like her ability to cover a variety of issues with dollars and sense in mind — transportation to education and the like. And she has well reasoned independent perspectives on business, which play out well regardless of the overall direction at the Statehouse. This Democrat, who knows how to balance business with social issues, is our choice for another four years. Choose Jahn for sure.

The other nearby senate race pits Democrat Rachel Zenzinger, who was appointed when Evie Hudak resigned, against Republican Laura J Woods. In her short time at the Statehouse, Zenzinger has shown the makings of a consensus builder who can cover a wide array of topics with skill, much like the nonpartisan skills she exhibited while serving as mayor pro tem on the Arvada City Council. We urge voters to give Zenzinger a full term to work at the Statehouse to dig in and show the bring forth the same effectiveness she exhibited in Arvada.

In House District 27, we give the nod to Republican Libby Szabo. We must admit we have scratched our heads from time to time with some of her actions and statements. Nonetheless she backs an infrastructure role perspective in government and wants government to be hands-off to small business — a good reflection of her district. Given her experience, she has gained steam as a leader that contributes. Give Szabo another two years.

In House District 23, voters have a win-win situation. Incumbent Max Tyler has shown command of issues and has garnered endorsements from education and business. Given his business background, he should be helpful in upcoming issues, such as expected legislation that addresses construction defects. On the other hand there is Jane Barnes, who took a circuitous route to being a candidate in District 23. We recall her solid work as a decisive decision-maker in Jeffco Schools on the school board with Dave Thomas. Tyler gets our vote by a few lengths, but Barnes is worthy and voters win either way.

House District 28 pitches one-term incumbent Brittany Pettersen against challenger Republican Stacia Kuhn. We appreciate the work Pettersen has done at the Statehouse to improve the economy and education, but we see some sound skills and promise from challenger Kuhn who also grew up in the region and has well developed professional skills and a blend of local to global perspectives, which is more important year by year. We call this a race a draw with strengths we admire in both candidates. Incumbent Petterson is on the mark, but newcomer Kuhn could be a welcome difference-maker if elected.

In two other races, we see state Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, House District 29, and state Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, Senate 16, as good choices to return to the Colorado Capitol. Nicholson exhibits broad care for her district and Kraft-Tharp thrives at the Statehouse, examining issues and aiming for bipartisan solutions. And Andy Kerr, District 22, has broadened his focus from his early years as a champion of educational issues. We like his get-down-to-business and get-it-done style and broadening knowledge base. Give Kerr your vote.

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