Local Politics

Just 54 votes separate retired Air Force Col. Dave Gruber and Tom Tobiassen, the former chairman of the Regional Transportation District. The slim margin was enough to force Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties to recount the ballots. State law dictates that if two candidates are within a half-percent of each other the votes must be recounted.

“(Mike) Coffman has run good campaigns to defeat his last two credible challengers handily in what is a very competitive district in CD6, and that has mostly been done by Coffman tiptoeing through fields of landmines adeptly,” said Kyle Saunders, a political science professor at Colorado State University

“The fact that you placed a known harasser with multiple accusations against him in a position of power over us, lobbyists and interns shows an incredible lapse of judgment,” state Rep. Lois Landgraf, R-Fountain, said in a letter to Duran, according to a story Monday in The Denver Post. “You put us all at great risk.”