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My History in Jefferson County | Keep Newkirk for Jeffco Schools

My History in Jefferson County


My family came to Jefferson County in 1967 when I was five years old. I attended Wilmot Elementary School, Evergreen Junior High School, and graduated from Evergreen High.

After earning an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, I returned to Jefferson County and started Colorado Computer Associates, Inc.   I was also the president of Colorado Biomedical, Inc. where I designed and manufactured electrosurgical instruments and employed over a dozen Jeffco residents. I’ve been a member of the local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, as well as served on the board of the Evergreen Chorale, the Colorado Association of Funders, and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Commission on Judicial Performance (1st Judicial District).

My wife and I both received an excellent education in the Jeffco public schools. Our three children have also learned and grown here, and we now have over 30 combined years inside Jeffco classrooms.  Jeffco teachers exposed me to a wide variety of topics including music, languages, literature, and science and they enriched my life immensely.

When my first book was published, I gratefully sent an inaugural copy to my Jeffco English teacher, Bill Preston.  At age 19, I spent the summer riding a bicycle around Europe and sent postcards to my high school German teacher, Eric Lassner, thanking him for teaching me how to get along in a foreign culture.  At age 17, when I soloed with the National Repertory Orchestra, I dedicated the performance to my Jeffco music teachers Mildred Olsen and Ross McClure:

We still own the Jeffco ranch where I grew up

My father is a 95-year-old World War II veteran and former teacher


And my wife, daughters, and I have all attended the Jeffco Public Schools


Opponents of the Board majority are now asking you to believe “outside influences” control our Board of Education.  On the contrary, I suggest it doesn’t get much more homegrown than in my case.

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