Outgoing Englewood Mayor Joe Jefferson, a 10-year City Council veteran, has his sights on Englewood’s municipal-judge position in the upcoming November election
“As the only publicly elected municipal judge in Colorado, this job comes with the unique challenge of being a judge and overseeing a major city department,” Jefferson said in his announcement. “This position requires a deep understanding of our community. My legal background, experience in business and leadership on our City Council and budgets have prepared me to best represent the people of Englewood.”
Jefferson has served on City Council, representing District 1, for 10 years and is believed to be the first Chinese-American mayor in Colorado history. The lifelong Englewood resident’s family owns the popular Twin Dragon restaurant, which recently marked the 40th anniversary of the family’s ownership.
As a local attorney operating on South Broadway, Jefferson practices a broad spectrum of law. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University and his J.D. from the University of Denver.
He says he is running for municipal judge because of his “passion for efficient and responsible judicial service,” saying he wants to explore how the city manages youth offenders by cooperating with schools on programs that link the court with school attendance and performance.
The candidate says he would also pursue opportunities for public-service hours in such areas as graffiti removal and park and roadside cleanups, creating a “win-win for our community and offenders.”
Finally, Jefferson says he wants to improve the public experience with the court and reduce costs of courthouse operations by expanding online services for information and payment options.
“I want our courthouse to be a place that upholds justice and our community’s need to deter and punish crimes, while recognizing the dignity of every single person that comes through the door,” Jefferson said. “I went into the practice of law because of my passion for service and helping people. I have served hundreds of people through my own law practice and now want to put that knowledge to use to help people and our community as Englewood municipal judge.”
Jefferson is one of three candidates seeking to replace longtime Judge Vince Atencio, who recently retired.
For more information, visit JeffersonForJudge.com or email@example.com.
Election Day is Nov. 7.
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