What is sure to be a heated and highly contest bunch of county elections in 2014 is getting ready to start in earnest. Major party county assemblies are next month and candidates are starting to make their case for their party’s voters.
Following is a quick rundown of each Adams County race and the candidates that have filed with the Secretary of State. If residents truly want to rid the county of its corrupt officials, selecting the right people for public office is critical. I offer my quick hits on some of the races and candidates with much more to come as the assemblies get closer.
- Editor’s note, updated 12:11 p.m. – A few notes since originally published. Stan Martin will be running for Clerk & Recorder. An additional candidate for assessor is expected to be announced as well. Sources also indicate that Doug Darr is not running for commissioner.
- Editor’s note, update 3/2/14 – I have learned that the Ed Casso running for Clerk and Recorder is not the former state representative. It is actually that man’s father.
If you have any information you would like to have considered about any of the candidates, leave a comment or contact me privately (confidentiality assured).
Adams County Assessor – Current assessor and convicted criminal Gil Reyes (D) is finally set to vacate the office. Unfortunately there appears to be only one candidate for the office and he is one that has a D after his name like all other political officials that have embarrassed county residents.
The local Republican party appears to be unable to field a candidate.
- John Schaul (D)
- John Doe (R) – Awaiting confirmation of this candidate.
Clerk & Recorder – Karen Long (D) is finally done and someone new will be taking over this office. Residents would certainly like to find a competent official that fix our poorly run elections. Don’t hold your breath.
As is, by the time November rolls around there will only be one candidate to choose from and that is a shame.
- Edward Casso (D) –
Former three term State Representative for House District 32. Voting record in legislature indicates he is beholden to labor unions, more than willing to increase taxes on job makers.Father of former State Representative Ed Casso. Undoubtedly big labor will love him like they did his son.
- Stan Martin (R) – Third generation Adams County resident and small businessman. Leader of the effort to stop the unjust taxation of county residents via a so-called ‘stormwater tax.’ Likely a good guardian of citizen rights.
- Cynthia Martinez (D) – Current Brighton City Council member.
Coroner – This year features a rematch of the 2010 election with the same candidates. That year Bronucia-Jordan won and came into office with a flurry of controversy. Arnall
- Michael “Mike” Arnall (R) – Was unjustly fired by previous coroner James Hibbard (D) and won a big settlement from the county. Since losing the previous election a quid pro quo agreement between he and Broncucia-Jordan has allowed him to continue to work for the county.
- Monica Broncucia-Jordan (D) – Came into office following the disgraced exit of her predecessor. Has failed to resolve all the ongoing issues with the corner’s office.
Treasurer – County Democrats are seeking to reclaim this office after the previous, corrupt Dem to occupy the office was booted in 2010. Voters should certainly remember that party’s candidates actions come November.
- Steve Douglas (D) – Commerce City councilmember.
- Brigitte Grimm (R) – Came into office in 2010 and cleaned up this disgraced county office. Well worth reelecting.
- Alexander Villagran (D) – Adams County Democrat Party activist.
Sheriff – This is probably going to be one of the most contentious and closely watched local races. Current sheriff Doug Darr is term-limited (thankfully!) and there are a host of choices.
- James Fariello (AN) – A perpetual candidate for office having made failed runs for sheriff, commissioner and coroner. The only real role Fariello will play is as a potential spoiler preventing an electable and worthy candidate from winning the office.
- Mike McIntosh (R) – A current division chief within the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, McIntosh was hand-picked by current sheriff Doug Darr to run for office. That alone should worry county residents as it would seem to portend more of the same, failed leadership would be ahead.
- Norbert “Larry” Medina (D) – A 23-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. Currently works in the jail.
- Mark Nicastle (R) – Was wrongfully targeted and retaliated against by Darr. Nicastle now seeks to claim the office which he ran for previously. Has the resume to support his election and has the overwhelming support of the rank and file in the department.
- Fred Ramirez (R) – Former New York City law enforcement officer.
- Richard “Rick” Reigenborn (D) – A 23-year veterans of the sheriff’s office. Defendant in a case against him and other North Metro Drug Task Force supervisors for allegedly retaliating against whistleblowers. Not a good sign.
County Commissioner District 3 – A fascinating matchup pitting an incumbent who has fulfilled a promise to work toward restoring the public trust in county government against a man who from behind the scenes fed the old culture of corruption.
- Erik Hansen (R) – Hansen was swept into office four years ago on the promise he would work to clean up Adams County’s act. He has done just that, often acting as the sole voice of the people and ethical governance.
- Manuel “Manny” Solano – Historically the proverbial kingmaker, lawyer Solano now seeks to take political office himself. He is deeply entrenched with and has supported the Adams Family that has brought disgrace to the county. His election would mean a return to the bad old times.
County Commissioner District 4 – One of the two new districts, whoever is elected will represent those in the southwestern, urban part of the county.
- Joseph “Joe” Domenico (R) – Lifelong Adams County resident, active in the community, primarily in the Welby area.
- Steven O’Dorisio (D) – Longtime Democrat activist with strong ties to the corrupt Adams Family and familial ties to Alice Nichol. Run, don’t walk, from this candidate.
County Commissioner District 5 – The second new district, District 5 is the largest in terms of land mass covering Brighton, Aurora and areas to the east.
- Mary Ellen Casso-Pollack (D) – Brighton business person. One I don’t quite grasp. Ties to and endorsements from the old Adams Family however appears to have supported the Republican presidential ticket in 2012.
- Robert “Bob” Gaiser (D) – Former Broomfield City Councilman.
- Janice “Jan” Pawlowski (R) – Former Brighton mayor. When in office fought against Adams County corruption and RTD’s failures to live up to its promises.
- Wilma Rose (D) – Former Brighton city council member.
- Thomson “Thom” Stanfield (D) – Local business person, staunch opponent of the county’s stormwater utility.
Adams County Rep. Joe Salazar brings partisan politics to Broncos, equates Democrat’s ass to Arabian horse
Normally politics would never enter into a discussion about the Super Bowl bound Denver Broncos but Adams County State Representative Joe Salazar (D) saw fit to cross the line at the state capitol last week and made an ass out of himself in the process.
Sporting a thug doo rag, Salazar took to the podium in the House and said, “By sheer similarity of genetics we have to declare that Thunder is a Democrat.”
Salazar thought he might somehow tie this fine animal to the Democrat donkey symbol.
For non-Broncos fans that may not know, Thunder is the Broncos’ mascot. The purebred white Arabian horse is the only live mascot in the NFL and a source of pride for all – no matter party affiliation.
It was a tasteless display of partisanship over the Broncos’ success, something which should certainly unite us all in orange as the Revealing Politics video below points out.
Of course Salazar isn’t the brightest bulb having embarrassed himself and insulted women in the last legislative session.
Representative Don Coram (R) rightfully set Salazar right saying, “Remember Thunder is a Bronco, not a jackass.”
Agreed. There is only one jackass in this episode, sadly he represents parts of Adams County.
In a statement marking the anniversary of Roe v Wade today, President Barack Obama said, “This is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”
Food for thought… Why doesn’t that statement apply to the 55 million babies whose lives were ended in the 41 years since? What about those opportunities and dreams that have been snuffed out in the name of ‘reproductive rights’? Perhaps the president and the left should acknowledge that.
Pope Francis has become a star as the leftist media tries to portray him as a more liberal pontiff than his predecessors. A news headline Monday by Reuters showed the ignorance of the media in understanding Catholic doctrine, the pope and God’s laws.
In a speech this week the pontiff said, “It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day.”
Reuters’ story about Pope Francis’ comments led with the headline, “Pope, in nod to conservatives, calls abortion ‘horrific’.”
I about fell off my chair laughing. A ‘nod to conservatives’?
The media tried to portray the statement as something new, as if the pope only said it to pacify conservative members of the Church. Nothing could be further from the truth.
For anyone except those on the far left (like the media) the statement is hardly surprising. It reflects God’s law and hundreds of years of Catholic doctrine.
Life, all life, is precious and to be protected at all costs. Society’s values may change, God’s teachings do not.
“His stance favoring mercy over condemnation has disoriented conservative Catholics,” the story goes on to say.
This of course almost certainly having been written by a non-Catholic and most likely someone who doesn’t attend church, let alone Catholic mass.
Those who are part of the faith know full well that mercy and understanding toward all beings, even those we disagree with, is a core value of Catholicism.
Leftists have mistaken Pope Francis’ softer tone and way of conducting business as a signal that the Catholic Church is changing course. It is not.
Pope Francis is simply more adept at conveying the Catholic view than his predecessor. There has not been and will not be any monumental shift in our belief that there is right and there is wrong. This applies to not only abortion but an entire host of other issues that liberals simply cannot comprehend.
I have been off the radar in recent weeks as I took a bit of a sabbatical from writing following the always hectic election season. That however doesn’t mean I haven’t been paying attention. Here are some thoughts on recent happenings in Adams County:
Adams County seizes control of Front Range Airport: The board of commissioners disbanded the independent airport authority and pulled the facility fully under the county umbrella. Certainly there have been some issues out there and greater oversight is needed. However when reading the story I couldn’t help but doubt the BOCC’s ability to turn things around. Their track record is not particularly good in handling the county as is and this is a regional airport that has great potential – if they don’t screw it up. (Denver Post)
FasTracks to the north area gets the go ahead: Choo choo fans and local politicos that had staked their reputations on the multi-billion dollar FasTracks boondoggle cheered as RTD said they had agreed on a contract to start building the North Rail Line. Pardon me while I roll my eyes. RTD and these politicians want area citizens to ignore the fact that the project is delayed and well over budget. For RTD, they of course don’t want you to remember it was their mismanagement and lying that got us into this mess in the first place. Sorry, I won’t cheer for this fleecing of taxpayers. (Denver Post)
Board of commissioners set for expansion: Two new seats on the board of commissioners are up for grabs in the 2014 election. Normally I am against bigger government but I was one of the biggest advocates of this. For decades Adams County residents have fell victim to any two friends on the board and their crooked dealings. This will hopefully rectify that issue. Of course it also needs to be coupled with the election of principled leaders who we can trust. Voters in the county have not done a particularly good job on that front. (Denver Post)
2014 local elections: A number of candidates have declared their intentions to run for the new county commissioner seats as well as sheriff. As always, there are some of the old Adams Family in there that voters need to beware of but there are some other candidates worthy of consideration. I’ll be covering more of these as we get closer to the caucuses.
Liberals oftentimes like to think that government can solve all problems but that of course is never the case and a new poll shows that in greater numbers than ever, Americans view government as the problem, not the answer.
Ronald Reagan famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.””
As government continues to intrude on our lives more and more and our elected officials ignore their constituents’ wishes, those words ring more true than ever.
In a new poll from Gallup released today, fully 72% of American believe big government is the biggest threat to the U.S. in the future. That is the most since the polling organization began asking the question 48 years ago.
Not surprising is that the number has skyrocketed since President Barack Obama took office.
Nor is it surprising that a whopping 92% of Republicans agree with the sentiment. However what is interesting is that 56% of Democrats also agree that big government is the biggest threat.
As he continues to press his progressive agenda of a nanny state, more and more people are waking up and growing weary of seeing their constitutional rights trampled on.
From the poll analysis:
Americans have consistently viewed big government as a greater threat to the United States than either big business or big labor, but never more than they do now. That may be partly a reaction to an administration that favors the use of government to solve problems. Also, the revelation of widespread government monitoring of U.S. Internet activity may be a factor in raising Americans’ concern about the government.
For all his attempts to make himself appear to be a man that respects our nation’s history and the foundations on which it is built, President Barack Obama routinely falls short. Most recently was his recital of the Gettysburg Address in which he omits ‘under God.’
Today is the 150th anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. While not largely well-received at the time, the words have taken a place in our nation’s conscience second only to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
To commemorate the anniversary, filmmaker Ken Burns recorded all living U.S. presidents as well as celebrities and other luminaries to recite those inspiring words.
Obama was asked and agreed to recite a version of the address which omits the phrase ‘under God.’ This despite the fact that contemporary accounts from the day by media clearly reported that the phrase was uttered by President Lincoln.
This is not the first time Obama has omitted acknowledgement of Our Creator. Three years ago when discussing the Declaration of Independence, he omitted the key acknowledgement of God that is contained in the opening words of that revered document.
The Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
It is pretty rare I find anything from Hollywood (or anywhere in California for that matter) worthy of commending but actor Mark Wahlberg deserves a huge shout out. Following Tom Cruise’s comparison of acting to military service, Wahlberg said, “How fucking dare you.”
- Watch the video below (language warning)
Court papers released recently as part of Cruise’s lawsuit against a magazine publisher show the star show how clueless the man is.
When asked about his lawyer saying Cruise’s absences from his daughter were like someone fighting in Afghanistan, the actor responded, “I didn’t hear the Afghanistan, but that’s what it feels like, and certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal.”
He went on to compare the physical training he had to do to those of Olympians, but only harder.
Along comes Wahlberg who during a Q & A about his film Lone Survivor laid into his fellow actor.
“For actors to sit there and talk about ‘Oh I went to SEAL training,’ and I slept on the — I don’t give a fuck what you did,” Wahlberg said. “You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as somebody in the military’s. How fucking dare you. While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours.”
“I don’t give a shit if you get your ass busted,” Wahlberg continued. “You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order fucking chicken. Or your steak. Whatever the fuck it is.”
Less than 15% of the U.S. population has served in our nation’s military. Those numbers serve to highlight the fact that so many owe a debt of gratitude to so few.
The call to serve the cause of freedom first rang out over 230 years ago. Since then countless men and women have donned this nation’s uniforms as soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. They did so not for glory, but for the greater good; they did so for their fellow man.
My father served in the Air Force. My brother and I in the Navy.
The three of us had it easy compared to my nephew who patrolled for IEDs in Afghanistan and was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism. His wife took a sniper’s bullet in Iraq and bears the physical and mental scars that came with it. Another nephew recently embarked on a career in the Army and is at West Point. He will become the first officer in our family.
Like my family, our veterans have served this nation in all capacities – from desk clerks, to mechanics, to the ground pounding soldiers.
No matter their assigned job, they have served with honor, courage and commitment from back here in the states to places overseas like Tora Bora, Fallujah, Normandy, Anzio, Guadalcanal, Khe Sanh, Inchon and many other God-forsaken hell holes across the globe.
Each has made their own sacrifices for God and country. Sacrifices of time, mind, body and soul.
All of us, all veterans, believe in this country and believe in the cause.
I, as they do, firmly believe that the United States of America is a beacon for all others – where we lead, others follow because the liberties and freedom we have and offer are cherished by all beings and are a God given right.
That spirit of patriotism and loyalty echoes loudly throughout the hills of Arlington National Cemetery and in the voices of veterans you can talk to today.
Our service men and women are the finest examples of what this great nation stands for and all are worthy of the highest praise and greatest honors.
Please take time today to remember the veterans of this great nation and what they have given to all of us – our very freedom and freedom to millions of others.
Another election is pretty much in the bag and while there is at least one race undecided, winners and losers have mostly been determined. Analysis does show perhaps a few disappointing outcomes but all-in-all, statewide and local outcomes were satisfactory.
Colorado Amendment 66: The billion dollar a year tax hike backed by unions, out of state interests and Gov. John Hickenlooper went down in flames. Voters once again demonstrated that they have no stomach for throwing good money after bad in an attempt to fix a broken education system without truly meaningful reform. The outcome on this measure coupled with the high profile school board elections across the state should put liberals and unions on notice that parents expect more from the education system. Sadly they won’t get it.
Colorado Proposition AA: I ignored this issue leading up to the election. Quite frankly I abhor the fact that Coloradans approved the so-called legalization of marijuana two years ago. Increasing access to illegal drugs and then screaming NIMBY when these places setup shop in your neighborhood shows how ignorant voters can be. As for this tax, I am fine with it although I would have made it much, much higher.
Thornton City Council: Retreads Mack Goodman (Ward I) and Val Vigil (Ward II) were reelected, a very un-noteworthy accomplishment since they ran opposed. Sam Nizam will be taking the seat in Ward III, largely because he essentially had no opponent beyond a write-in candidate who didn’t campaign. In Ward IV, Jan Kulmann delivered a massive slap down of union-backed Adam Matkowsky and will replace Randy Drennen on the dais. Kulmann will provide a much-needed counter to the leftists on council and Matkowsky can now feel free to move on to whatever his next job / location will be.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education: Rico Figueroa will retain the district 4 seat after union-backed Amy Speers was booted off the ballot due to her illegal entry into the race. The race for School Director District No. 3 is still up in the air with Kathy Plomer currently leading Debbie Christensen by 784 votes. However, Adams County reports that there are 8,000 ballots left to count so there is still a glimmer of hope that Christensen can knock off union patsy Plomer.
Thornton Ballot Issue 2B: Voters approved an extension of the open space / parks and rec tax. This is good news for the community.
Thornton Ballot Issue 2C: Once again voters knocked down self-serving politicians’ desire to have a ‘seat for life’ on city council. Council term limits will stay at two terms as they should. Future councilmembers would do well to remember this is the second time we have told them no – don’t try again.
Thornton Ballot Issue 2D: One young, noisy Thornton resident thankfully failed to get his way and age limits for city council will remain as-is.
Thornton Ballot Issue 2E: Voters went ahead and bailed out council and their inability to perform their job under previous provisions of the city charter in the event of a mayoral vacancy. With this measure passed, the battles for Mayor Pro Tem are going to become highly contentious and should a vacancy occur, council will be one person short of a full body until the next election cycle.
Thornton Ballot Issue 2F: The commonsense measure to handle continuity of government in the event of a disaster passed with ease.
Thornton Ballot Issue 2G: Unions were given more members within the fire department ranks by the voters due to the expansion of the definition of ‘fire fighter.’ This is disappointing. Voters don’t often understand the repercussions of issues like this unless they do some research.
Note: As mentioned above, Adams County still has thousands of votes left to count. The conclusions reached above on the local races are based on tallies as of Wednesday morning and while any of the outcomes could change as the balance of ballots are counted, it seems unlikely (other than the one school board race). It is disappointing that yet again our clerk and recorder has failed to provide timely results from an election.
On the net: Adams County election results