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Littlepage: Committee heading in wrong direction “What made me decide that the central committee was heading in the wrong direction was that the central committee’s business to determine if Ken Olsen has the right to run is not this group’s decision,” Littlepage said. “It is a legal decision in the courts. We have nothing to do with making that decision or even discussing it.” In the email Littlepage sent, he justified his call for the removal of Elliott and Camp as officers for the central committee because he said their placing an ethics conversation on the agenda violated the Colorado Democratic Party Plan of Organization and Rules.
“Mr. Elliott and Mr. Camp are in violation of Article 10 Section 3 because they are opposing a nominee of the Democratic Party which is cause for removal.” According to Title 1-4-601 of the Colorado Secretary of State’s election rules, the Democratic party will not officially nominate a candidate for the primary ballot until their county assembly. Camp said he recognizes the final decision on Olsen’s candidacy would have to take place in court, but that should not rob the Democratic committee from being able to consider if Olsen’s candidacy was the right thing to support. “I thought this was unethi-
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cal. I thought that we representing the Democratic party of Lake County should at least discuss it,” Camp said. “If we put it to a vote, there’s a good chance that we would say that Ken and Patty (Berger) were in the right. And we would back that as a group. Legally, you’re probably right, but it’s not ethical. Ken should wait two years, and I would support Ken in my own district.” Olsen told Camp that he needed to drop his concerns and focus on other issues. “You won Harry. It’s OK. Whatever it takes,” Olsen said. Olsen told the committee it was time to look past his candidacy and focus on what’s important. “I think Lake County needs
to get off of the minutiae of dealing with people like Ken Olsen and his candidacy and start dealing with real things in Lake County,” Olsen said. “Like us and our citizenry rather then beating up on people. I think that’s a real good thing to do.” A flurry of new candidates enter the race “I want to announce that I am resigning as a candidate for District 3,” Olsen told the Democratic Central Committee that evening. It was not long before other candidates filled his vacancy. Tyrone Rimbert announced his candidacy for District 3, focusing on his experience as a small-business owner.
“I feel like I have ran a successful business for the last 15 years. I have become involved in watching Leadville have successes and our problems as well,” Rimbert said. “I’m very passionate about our community. I think we have the ability to grow, we have the ability to have goodness in our community, and I feel I can do a good job doing that for us.” Ron Bertolas announced his candidacy for District 2. “I was born and raised here, and I’ve seen enough,” Bertolas said. Former city clerk and mayoral candidate Joe Swyers also announced his candidacy for District 2 in last week’s issue of the Herald Democrat.
Special district elections are scheduled for May 3 Sites being considered by Ryan Fitzmaurice Herald Staff Writer With a location for the proposed justice center needing to be established by the end of April, the county says it has narrowed down the list of possible locations to three sites. Lake County Commissioner Bruce Hix said the county is not ready to release the specific locations just yet, but said one location is on countyowned land and two of the locations are privately owned. Nan Anderson, the architect for the project, set the deadline of the end of April. She said she will need to be given a way forward by that date for the current timeline to be met. “It doesn’t need to be in the county’s hands, but we need to be given a clear direction,” Anderson said. Hix said the deadline may be aggressive, but the county is giving it its best shot. Negotiating with the owners of the property, if the county decides
to pursue a privately owned location, could take a substantial amount of time, Hix said. The county needs at least six acres for a property to be feasible. Anderson said several other factors are being considered, including proximity to utilities, whether it’s within walking distance of downtown Leadville, if it’s located within the proximity of established transportation routes, whether it’s located within city limits, among other considerations. The justice center has not been given an exact price, although figures between $10 million and $20 million have been cited by Lake County Sheriff Rod Fenske. A sales tax to fund the construction of the justice center will likely be on the November ballot. Fenske said a referendum will have to be on the county commissioners’ desk by the end of August for the sales tax to make the ballot.
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should be obtained from and turned into Teter. Election information and contact information for Teter can be found in the Feb. 4 public notices. Other special districts Those interested in running for the Lake County Conservation District should obtain and hand in their self-nomination form to Joan Dawson. Election information and contact information can be found in the Feb. 11 public notices. Those interested in running for the Mountain View Villages Water and Sanitation District should obtain and hand in their self-nomination form to Crystal Schenck. Election
information and contact information can be found in the Feb. 11 public notices. Those interested in running for the Sylvan Lakes Metropolitan District should obtain and hand in their self-nomination form to Gerald Vargo. Election information and contact information can be found in the Feb. 11 public notices. Those interested in running for the AltaColorado Metropolitan District No. 1 should hand in their self-nomination form to Debbie Braucht. Election information and contact information can be found in the Feb. 4 public notices.
Two directors for each district of the AltaColorado Metropolitan District Nos. 2-5 will be elected on May 3. Election information and contact information for the designated election official can be found in the Jan. 28 public notices. Those interested in running for the Brooklyn Metropolitan District should hand in their self-nomination form to Donald Andrew Purdy. Election information and contact information can be found in the Feb. 4 public notices.