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Publish Date: 10/8/2006

Hullinghorst runs unopposed for Boulder County treasurer


BOULDER — Four Democrats will each win four years in a county office without a hint of GOP opposition in November.

Local Republicans did not field a single candidate for county assessor, treasurer, surveyor or clerk this year.

During her third and final term, Assessor Cindy Domenico said she plans to focus on modernizing her office’s information by putting more of it on the Internet for public viewing.

A feature on her Web site that allows residents to view aerial maps of the county and learn about individual properties with a mouse click became one of the county’s most popular Web pages during Domenico’s second term, she said.

“Hopefully, we’ll make it easier for people to make decisions about their property,” she said.

Domenico recently opened a satellite office in Longmont to augment the main site in Boulder, in cooperation with Treasurer Bob Hullinghorst. The two officials hope to launch a third office in Lafayette by the end of the year.

Hullinghorst said he strives to run his office efficiently to allow staff to introduce new programs like the new satellite offices.

“I am especially interested in trying to help foster an atmosphere of lean government where we can provide substantially more services without demanding further sacrifices from our very generous taxpayers,” he wrote in an e-mail interview.

During the past four years, Hullinghorst has won national recognition for his office’s “Making Ends Meet” program, which helps teach senior citizens how to pay their property taxes.

County Clerk-elect Hillary Hall won 58 percent of the vote in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary, handily unseating Clerk Linda Salas.

Hall’s plans for the office include enacting more strenuous procedures for auditing machines that count ballots and their performance during the election. She also wants to return to precinct-level ballot counts, rather than the central counting system used by Salas.

“There’s a lot of work to do,” Hall said after her victory in August. “Now we’ll go into full gear and really look at our options for creating a model that we can all have faith in.”

Surveyor Jason Emery hopes to use his part-time, volunteer position to further public awareness about the importance of property surveying while maintaining high standards for surveyors who work in the county.

“Survey markers have historical significance,” he wrote in an e-mail interview. “I hope to help the citizens appreciate the importance of maintaining, and not disturbing, survey markers throughout the county.”

Republicans struggle to field candidates, let alone win elections, in Boulder County.

The party suffered a blow in 2001, when Broomfield became a separate county and removed a large chunk of Boulder County’s Republicans.

About 36 percent of Boulder County voters backed President Bush in the 2000 election. That share dropped to 32 percent in 2004.

 
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