Jeffco schools

Jeffco school board members announce re-election campaigns

Rupert, Harmon and Mitchell will seek re-election this November

Posted 5/25/17

A majority of the Jefferson County Board of Education will seek to maintain their seats this November.

Board president Ron Mitchell, Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert have filed to run for re-election. The three were elected in 2015 following the …

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Jeffco schools

Jeffco school board members announce re-election campaigns

Rupert, Harmon and Mitchell will seek re-election this November

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A majority of the Jefferson County Board of Education will seek to maintain their seats this November.

Board president Ron Mitchell, Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert have filed to run for re-election. The three were elected in 2015 following the recall of former board majority members Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk.

Harmon, Mitchell and Rupert have been serving the remaining two years of the recalled members' terms.

Rupert serves District 1, which covers Arvada, Pomona and Standley Lake areas; Harmon serves District 2, which covers Conifer, Evergreen, Golden and Green Mountain areas; and Mitchell serves District 5, which covers Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge areas.

“We are asking voters for support to continue the work we began two years ago to create a positive, collaborative work environment in Jeffco that results in student success and improved achievement,” Mitchell, a former high school principal, said. “We look forward to working with our new superintendent Dr. Jason Glass to make the Jeffco School District one of the best in the nation.”

Harmon, an attorney, said Jeffco schools have turned the tide and board members want to ensure continued success.

“We have more work to do to ensure all graduates are career and college ready,” Harmon said. “We must attract and retain top teachers and principals. We're excited to continue to work with our community on these issues and others.”

In 2015, an entirely new five-member board was elected when minority members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman announced that they would not seek re-election.

Ali Lasell and Amanda Stevens won those seats. Lasell serves District 3, which covers Arvada West, Ralston Valley and Wheat Ridge areas. Stevens serves District 4, which covers Alameda, Bear Creek, Jefferson and Lakewood areas. Lasell and Stevens are serving four-year terms that expire in 2019.

The incumbents filed their intent to seek re-election and opened their campaign committees with the Colorado Secretary of State on May 24.

According to the Secretary of State, as of May 25, no other candidates had filed to run for these seats. Candidates must file before August for inclusion on the 2017 November ballot.

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