Political Newcomers Kevin Sipple, left, and Electra Johnson.

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Two political newcomers, Kevin Sipple and Electra Johnson, are discovering what summer is like when running for office: knocking on doors, walking in local parades and attending county fairs. They report surprise at how much time it takes, and a renewed commitment to their issues and their communities.

This election season, CPR News is following these first-time candidates to learn what politics is like on the inside. Republican Sipple is running for Boulder county commissioner in District 1 against incumbent Elise Jones. Johnson is a Democrat running for El Paso county commissioner in District 3 against Republican Stan Vanderwerf.