It’s Been A Working Summer for First-Time Candidates

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Photo: Political newcomers Kevin Sipple, left, and Electra Johnson
Political Newcomers Kevin Sipple, left, and Electra Johnson.

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.