SJK Endorsements 2015
Making endorsements of candidates and issues is never easy. We discuss the candidates and their involvement in our district and support of public education extensively and we take this action very seriously as 86,000 children are depending on all of us to make educated decisions. SJK is pleased to announce our endorsements for the 2015 election.
Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education:
SJK has previously endorsed the Recall Campaigns:
Recall Ken Witt
Recall John Newkirk
Recall Julie Williams
District 3 – (Vacated by Jill Fellman) 4 year term
Ali Lasell - http://alilasell.com
SJK is proud to say we know Ali Lasell well. She worked this past year as a Support Jeffco Kids Volunteer Coordinator, she’s been involved in our community outreach, attended board meetings, and played a leadership role in her own Maple Grove school community when Board Majority member John Newkirk proposed his Wheat Ridge Plan B without input from the impacted communities.
District 4 – (Vacated by Les Dahlkemper) 4 year term
Amanda Stevens - http://amandaforjeffcoschools.com
As a Parent in Jeffco, Amanda Stevens has first hand experience with the impact on the district, the Jeffco Community and in her own children’s school, Kendrick Lakes Elementary, as a result of of the questionable and extreme decisions made by the current board majority. She has been actively involved in Jeffco School’s Strategic Planning & Advisory Council (SPAC) and is active on the accountability committee, PTA and as a classroom volunteer. She brings a voice for parents and students -something desperately needed in the new board.
Replacement Candidates for Recall Seats
District 1 – Recall Julie Williams
Replacement Candidate: C. Brad Rupert – 2 year term
With two decades of community service, Brad has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, the Arvada Community Food Bank, and the Kiwanis Club of Arvada-Jefferson. His leadership and commitment to his community earned him the Arvada Man of the Year Award in 2011. His own children graduated from Ralston Valley H.S., and his s tep-grandchildren attend Arvada High School and North Arvada Middle School.
“Political agendas have no place on this school board.”
District 2 – Recall John Newkirk
Replacement Candidate: Susan Harmon – 2 year term
Susan is an attorney and independent business women, and has two children in Jeffco schools. She has served on her children’s schools’ PTA board for six years, served as chair on the elementary school accountability committee and volunteers at her local elementary and middle school.
“I am running so I can share my passion, knowledge, and firsthand experience with all stakeholders and work collaboratively to make sure all kids have the opportunities my kids have had.”
District 5 – Recall Ken Witt
Replacement Candidate: Ron Mitchell – 2 year term
Ron worked in Jefferson County Schools for forty years, served as principal of Alameda High School for ten years and served eight years as the principal of Columbine, and worked in the central office for two years.
Ron lists his priorities as: Bring respect back to the boardroom; Involve the Jeffco community in governing our schools; Work collaboratively with all board members to make our schools a source of pride for Jeffco residents; Work to ensure a quality education for all students.
Though we are not endorsing, we appreciate the position of Candidate Matt Dhieux. In his communication to us, he expressed a true interest in public education.
SJK endorses the Mill Levy for Jefferson County Public Libraries, Ballot Item 1A.
Other notable public education supporters we are endorsing based upon their advocacy, understanding of the importance of supporting public education and engagement:
Kris Teegardin for Edgewater Mayor
Saoirse Charis-Graves for Golden City Council
Lauree Valverde for Golden City Council
Casey Brown for Golden City Council
Jeffrey Yeager for Lakewood City Council
Dana Gutwein for Lakewood City Council
Gary Harty for Lakewood City Council
Monica Duran for Wheat Ridge City Council
Bob Fifer for Arvada City Council
***Note: If you are a 2015 candidate and would like to seek the endorsement of SJK, you should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about yourself and what you have done to support public education in Jeffco.