BARBWIRE BOB – 10-27-22

Herbert Hoover in his campaign ads back in 1928, used a political phrase that has made the history books.  Hoover’s ad stated, “Chicken in every pot” …and a “Car in every backyard.”  94 years later President Biden is promising  to forgo  student debts and releasing strategic oil reserves in an attempt to bring down the price of oil.  An appeals court has blocked, for now, the student debt reduction and the price of  oil has risen during the past week.  Hoover was elected and then the nation fell into a massive depression. 

BY BOB SWEENEY

A hearty congratulations to all candidates participating in this election, regardless of political party and offices being sought.

It has become very challenging for anyone to run for public office with the rise of social media, the cost of campaigns, the negative advertising, the distortion of facts on television ads, and the apathy of voters towards politics.  Reminder of ancient Rome;  free bread and daily games at the coliseum while the barbarians are at the gates.   My advice to voters is to ignore the inuendoes and look at what  candidates say and wish to accomplish.  What is their past performance?   Look at your vote as hiring the candidates to work for you and your families.

You should have received a ballot by the time this newspaper reaches your mailbox.  I’m impressed with the design and layout of the ballot.  It is very direct, good instructions on how to mark the ballot and drop off locations. 

I think the choice for candidates is easier than all of the initiatives on the back pages.  Here’s my brief take on the candidates:          

UNITED STATE SENATE

Joe O’Dea, one of our own Greenwood Village residents, solid citizen, seems to be rather bi partisan on issues.  Adopted, started poor, with little, and has a lot of sweat equity in his life with hard work to become a successful self-made man.

REPRESENTATIVE FOR CONGRESS

Steven Monahan, military veteran,  solid background,  a vote to retire Nancy Pelosi.

GOVERNOR

Heidi Ganahl, she is a refreshing challenger with an excellent business background. Has a terrific Lt. Governor candidate partner in Danny Moore. 

SECRETARY OF STATE

Pam Anderson, experienced with years of service as Jeffco County Clerk. Smart and experienced. Great choice.

STATE TREASURER

Lang Sias,  heard him speak at the State GOP Convention.  Wise, experienced, solid candidate for the position.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: John Kellner, Marine officer, present 18th Judicial District Attorney, tough on crime, a no-nonsense law enforcement candidate. Probably a future Governor prospect.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AT LARGE:  Dan Maloit who is a former Green Beret with three children in public schools. 

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (District 6:)

Molly Lamar, Cherry Creek schools graduate, University of Colorado alumnus, kids in  Creek school, and not afraid to speak up and stand up for better schools.

STATE SENATOR
(District 27)

TOM KIM, one of the best qualified candidates on the ballot.  Brilliant, lawyer, pilot, business consultant, great listener, and has great future potential for higher office.

STATE REPRESENATIVE

DAVE WOOLEVER, (District 61) Long-time career at Johnson and Wales University. Solid background.  I live in his District.  He is the only State Representative on my ballot.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ( District 37)

PAUL ARCHER, Centennial resident, strong family man, seeks common sense and sensible solutions.  Fine gentleman, strong values, solid citizen

STATE REPRESENATIVE (District 41)

STEPHANIE HANCOCK,  breath of fresh air in Aurora, US Air Force veteran, president of Aurora Cultural Arts District, mother, grandmother. 

*MORE STATE REPRESENTATIVES FORTHCOMING:

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JUDICIAL  RETENTION QUESTIONS:  Hard to judge their performances. Let’s find a better way to vote on judges.                                                   ***

COUNTY OFFICES: COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MARK GOTTO  AND BOB ROTH:  both experienced city council members. Mark Gotto serving on Centennial city council and Bob Roth serving on Aurora city council. Strong training ground serving our largest cities.  Vote for them in their respective districts.  Kudos to Nancy Sharpe and Nancy Jackson who have proven that opposite party members can work together. They have both been great commissioners. Thank you ladies for your service and both moving on to our new health department leadership.  

CLERK AND RECORDER

CAROLINE CORNELL, let’s get the county offices open, with or without, appointments.  A 24-year county resident and strong people’s advocate.

COUNTY TREASURER

MARSHA BERZINS, fortunate to have this well qualified candidate seeking this position.  Mayor Pro-Tem in Aurora overseeing billion-dollar budgets for years. Outstanding! 

COUNTY ASSESSOR

BOB ANDREWS, decades of experience in real estate and comes with strong background in appraisal experience.

COUNTY SHERIFF

KEVIN EDLING, military veteran with 27 years as top cop in Denver police department.  Tough on crime, he will slow auto thefts in Arapahoe County. Very experienced and he will make our neighborhoods and cities safer.

COUNTY CORONER

KELLY LEAR M.D.  long career of service to the county as Coroner; no reason to change. She is almost non-replaceable.

CHERRY HILLS CITY COUNCIL

 For the first time in history Cherry Hill has three candidates for mayor and city council contests in Districts 2,4 and 6.

MAYOR OF CHERRY HILLS

RUSSELL STEWART,  I endorsed Laura Christman in the last election.  I told Russell I would support him in this election before the other two candidates entered the race.  I honor my commitments.  However, I’m a longtime friend of Katy Brown and endorsed her in the last election for city council.  I have felt that Katy should run for higher state office with my full support.  A warm welcome to Jenn Diffendal, a spirited candidate with a strong emphasis on public safety. 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COUNCIL

DISTRICT 2:

EARL HOELLEN, great institutional memory on Cherry Hills Village, experienced in local government, good common sense. Can’t go wrong with Earl.

DISTRICT 4

SUSAN MAGUIRE, 22-year resident, understands Cherry Hills Land Preserve issues, nice manner and safety minded. 

DISTRICT 6

TOM CONROY,  31-year resident who likes Cherry Hills the way it is now. Doesn’t want to make many changes. Recommends improving transparency in city decisions.

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