Two contested races for Roaring Fork school board
August 31, 2011
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – At least two of the three seats up for election on the Roaring Fork District Re-1 school board will be contested, as two more candidates submitted valid nomination petitions by the Aug. 26 deadline, according to district officials.
In Re-1, which serves Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, in addition to a race between incumbent board member Myles Rovig and challenger Daniel Biggs for the Director District D seat, a three-way race has emerged for the District C seat being vacated by Bill Lamont.
Phil Weir, the current Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation board president and a parent of two children at Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs, was the first candidate to declare for that seat in early August.
On Friday, two new candidates, Terry Lott Richardson, a parent of two children at Glenwood Springs Middle School, and Mary Russell, a former teacher at Carbondale Middle School, submitted their petitions to run for the District C seat as well.
“I think I can bring some independent thinking to the board, and I’ve got some concerns that I’d like to see addressed,” said Richardson. “For one, I would like to see the teacher [ratio] stay the way it is, and I want to see the arts remain in our schools.”
Richardson, 46, has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 25 years, including seven in Glenwood Springs. A single mother with a twin boy and girl, she currently resides at Cardiff Glen in south Glenwood.
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Russell, who taught science at CMS until last school year, was not available for comment. Weir, who lives outside Glenwood Springs, has also been a member of the Sopris Elementary School parents committee.
“I feel blessed to have kids who are school-aged, and am proud that I was the first male president of the Sopris PIE (parents involved in education) committee,” he said in an earlier interview. “I think I can bring a different perspective to the school board.”
Lamont, in deciding to step down after serving a four-year term, said he was endorsing Weir for the seat.
Another incumbent school board member, Debbie Bruell, also announced she would not be seeking re-election to her District B seat. In doing so, she threw her support behind Matt Hamilton, who is running unopposed for that seat, which includes most of Carbondale.
Biggs and Rovig, both of Glenwood Springs, had previously submitted their petitions before the Aug. 26 deadline. They will square off for the District D seat in the Nov. 1 election.