Incumbent Susan Beckman said wants to continue the important work she started in her first eight years as Arapahoe County Commissioner representing …
This item is available in full to subscribers.
If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.
Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.
If you made a voluntary contribution in 2022-2023 of $50 or more, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.
Incumbent Susan Beckman said wants to continue the important
work she started in her first eight years as Arapahoe County
Commissioner representing District 1 while challenger Jim Jackman
wants to be there for the people who have told him they don’t feel
they are being properly represented at the county level.
The contenders for the District 1 seat were among the guests at
the Oct. 2 forum for Arapahoe County Commissioner candidates,
sponsored by the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. The forum
was part of a chamber series with each focusing on particular state
or county races on the November ballot.
Beckman and Jackman are contending to represent county
commissioner District 1, which includes Littleton, Englewood and
parts of west Centennial.
Beckman, a well-known Littleton Republican, is a two-term
incumbent who is able to seek a third term because of last year’s
voter-approved extension of term limits for county commissioners.
Democrat Jackman is a retired railroad worker and former union
officer who is seeking public office for the first time.
In his opening statement, Jackman said he is running for county
commissioner because so many District 1 people tell him they don’t
feel they are being adequately represented on the commission. He
also said he expected to be running for a vacant seat until last
year when the commissioners asked voters to extend term limits for
commissioners from two terms to three.
Beckman said she is running to continue working on key issues
like the environment, economic development and promoting
“In these turbulent times, we need to hold onto what we have and
to continue to be the economic engine for much of the state,” she
said. “We need to work to keep existing businesses and attract new
companies to our area while maintaining the lowest property tax in
the metro area.”
Both candidates agreed the commissioners should do what they can
to support local businesses. Beckman said she would strive to keep
taxes low and keep excess regulations off the backs of businesses.
Jackman said he, too, would reduce business-related regulations and
insure there were strong road and communication systems to serve
the county’s businesses.
The candidates agreed commissioners need to work to establish
good working relationships with all 13 municipalities in the
county. They also agreed the system of commissioners overseeing
county operations is working and there is no need to hire a county
Jackman said he felt the forum was an opportunity for voters to
hear from both candidates.
“I felt it was an opportunity to address issues and to let
people hear my views on a variety of subjects,” he said after the
forum. “I want people to know I’m just a plain-spoken guy who is
going door to door to meet and talk to people about the
Beckman also agreed the forum was valuable.
“I felt it was the chance to speak about the issues. It would be
valuable for voters if there were more forums,” she said. “I tried
to talk about our work as commissioners and let people know we are
a good team of administrators working to maintain the high quality
of life here in Arapahoe County.”
— Jackman, retired railroad worker, seeking public office for
the first time
Other items that may interest you
We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.
The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.