Dahlkemper wins race for Jefferson County commissioner

Former school board member defeats incumbent to switch party control of county

Lesley Dahlkemper smiles and greets people on Nov. 6 at the 2018 Jeffco Dems Election Night Celebration at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood.
Lesley Dahlkemper smiles and greets people on Nov. 6 at the 2018 Jeffco Dems Election Night Celebration at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood.
Joseph Rios
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Although close, results of the polls at 11:33 p.m. on Nov. 6, show that Democrat candidate Lesley Dahlkemper is leading with 54.99 percent of the vote for Jefferson County commissioner.

Tina Francone, a Republican who is the appointed incumbent, has 45.01 percent of the vote, with 217,234 total votes cast.

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District Three represents the southern part of Jefferson County, but it is voted at-large. Currently the board consists of Francone; Republican Libby Szabo, who is the board’s chair; and Casey Tighe, a Democrat.

Francone was appointed to the seat after Donald Rosier, who was term limited, and vacated the seat early. She was sworn in on Feb. 6. Her background includes serving as the Regional Transportation District (RTD) director for District N.

“I’m not done yet,” Francone said, noting she has a couple of months still in office. In that time, she’ll be finalizing the budget, and working on fulfilling some promises she made — namely, re-establishing the Evergreen Dog Park and converting the Meyers Ranch House in Conifer into a community center.

As for her future plans, Francone said, “I’ll see what God brings me. I’m sure he’s got something else in mind for me.”  

Dahlkemper, who formerly sat on the school board, announced she would run for the seat in September 2017.

Jefferson County has a rich tradition of working collaboratively on issues, Dahlkemper said, adding she is looking forward to continuing that tradition.

Some of the other things she will be working on when she takes office is protecting open space, ensuring Jeffco is workforce ready and addressing housing and transportation needs.

“And continuing to enhance our quality of life here in Jeffco,” Dahlkemper said.

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