Biggs, Richardson win Re-1 seats
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Three new school board members will be joining the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education later this month, following the results of Tuesday’s election.
Daniel Biggs of Glenwood Springs won his bid to unseat incumbent District D school board member Myles Rovig, also of Glenwood Springs, pulling 70 percent of the vote districtwide.
Biggs, 42, won big throughout the district, which includes portions of Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties, with a total of 3,667 votes to Rovig’s 1,866, according to unofficial final results.
“I think it goes back to one of the primary issues of the campaign, which is listening to the people and rebuilding trust in the board and district leadership,” Biggs said.
“I said I would be willing to listen and engage the community and parents, and I plan to do that,” he said.
Rovig, who served a single four-year term on the Re-1 board, wished Biggs well in stepping forward to serve on the school board.
“I feel like he will work to keep kids first,” he said of Biggs.
Biggs is the human resources director at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, and has nine children either graduated from or attending Re-1 schools in Glenwood.
Meanwhile, Terry Lott Richardson defeated Phil Weir in the race for the open District C school board seat that retiring board member Bill Lamont is vacating.
Richardson, 46, won by a smaller but still convincing margin of 54 percent to Weir’s 46 percent in the districtwide vote.
Overall, she garnered 3,080 votes to Weir’s 2,613, according to the unofficial final tallies from the three counties.
As with Biggs, Richardson believes it’s her commitment to listening that won over voters.
“I am willing to listen, and to do the job,” she said. “All of the people I encountered spoke to the ability of all of us who were running to do a good job. I’m glad people were willing to let me be the one to do that.”
Richardson is a single mother with two children in sixth grade at Glenwood Springs Middle School. She works as a medical assistant at Women’s Health in Glenwood, and is currently studying to obtain her nursing degree. Weir said he was disappointed in the election outcome, given the amount of time and effort he put into his campaign.
“I spent the last year and a half going to school board meetings, and did my best to prepare myself,” he said Tuesday night. “I think I ran an honest campaign, with no agenda other than to be a good board member.”
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