Press Release: Educators Celebrate Local Funding, School Board Wins in Election 2019

Mike Wetzel
Colorado Education Association
Andy Boian
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720.221.9211 office
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Nov. 6, 2019

Educators Celebrate Local Funding, School Board Wins in Election 2019

DENVER – The defeat of Proposition CC hurts all Colorado students, but several districts took the added step to ask voters for resources their students need in local mill levy and bond elections. CEA congratulates educators in the following districts for helping secure community investments for the schools their students deserve in Election 2019:

Eaton School District Re-2 4D & 4E Mill Levy & Bond
Greeley-Evans School District 6 4C Bond
Lake County School District 4A Bond
North Conejos School District RE 1-J 4A Bond
Platte Valley School District Re-7 4A & 4B Mill Levy & Bond
Poudre School District 4A Mill Levy
Pueblo School District 60

(leading, not officially confirmed)

4A Bond
Steamboat Springs School District Re-2

(4C leading, not officially confirmed)

4A & 4B & 4C Mill Levies & Bond
Summit School District 4A Mill Levy
Trinidad School District 1 4B Bond

“I am so proud of the teachers and school support staff who energized so many Coloradans to become public education voters in 2019. These wins are absolutely critical for communities to build new schools and modernize the older ones, recruit and retain highly qualified teachers, and provide more counselors and mental health supports for safe learning environments,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, president of the Colorado Education Association.

“But other students fell further behind in places where local funding measures did not pass. The unfair burden placed on communities to pass local funding measures divides our children into haves and the have-nots. Our economy is flourishing, so there’s no excuse for Colorado not rising up to solve the immense funding challenges that hold our students back,” Baca-Oehlert added.

Baca-Oehlert expressed her pride in all CEA members who demonstrated their devotion and passion to better their communities by running for political office. Member candidates in Election 2019 include:

  • Lori Goldstein for the Adams 12 school board (won, ran unopposed);
  • Deb Gustafson for reelection to the Weld RE-3J school board (won);
  • Susan Hidalgo-Fahring for Longmont City Council (won);
  • Bryan Lindstrom for Aurora City Council (lost);
  • Kip Otteson for the Park County school board (won, ran unopposed); and
  • Vicki Reinhard for the Aurora school board (won).

CEA congratulates these local associations and their recommended candidates for school board who were victorious last night:

Aurora Education Association Stephanie Mason; Vicki Reinhard
Boulder Valley Education Association Richard Garcia, Kathy Gebhardt, Lisa Sweeney-Miran, Stacy Zis
Colorado Springs Education Association Mary Coleman, Darleen Daniels, Parth Melpakam
Denver Classroom Teachers Association Tay Anderson & Scott Baldermann won; Brad Laurvick leading not officially confirmed
Greeley Education Association Natalie Mash, Pepper Mueller, Terri Pappas
Jeffco Education Association & Jeffco Education Support Professionals Association Stephanie Schooley
Littleton Education Association Lindley McCrary, Robert Reichardt
Poudre Education Association DJ Anderson
School District 14 Classroom Teachers Association Regina Hurtado, Ramona Lewis, Renee Lovato
Steamboat Springs Education Association Kim Brack, Chresta Brinkman, Lara Craig, Kelly Latterman
Summit County Education Association Christopher Alleman, Gloria Quintero, Consuelo Redhorse
Weld Central Education Association Deb Gustafson

“It’s important that we elect board members who are accountable to parents and the community, and who value educator and student voices. We are proud to have endorsed quality candidates and look forward to collaborating with them in our work to help every student thrive,” Baca-Oehlert said.

CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert