2017 Endorsements

SJK is pleased to announce our endorsements for the 2017 School Board election.

Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education:

District 1 – C. Brad Rupert

Incumbent C. Brad Rupert


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.

District 2 – Susan Harmon

Incumbent Susan Harmon


Susan is an attorney and independent business woman, and has two children in Jeffco schools. She has served on her children’s schools’ PTA board for more than six years, served as chair on the elementary school accountability committee and volunteers at her local elementary and middle school. Susan has also served on the Special Education Advisory Committee and the Calendar Committee at the district level.

District 5 – Ron Mitchell

Incumbent Ron Mitchell


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.

Here’s a handout you can print! SJK 2017 Endorsements

Other Candidates Who Support Jeffco Kids:

Jordan Hohenstein, Arvada City Council – at large

“I support public schools because my mother has worked for Jeffco Public Schools for nearly two decades, and I know the amazing work that she and other public school faculty and staff do. I am also the product of a public K-12 Jeffco education and now at twenty-six years old I am running for Arvada City Council. So I think that I am a decent example of the good that comes out of a public school education. I also support public education because it is the backbone of freedom, equality, and opportunity for our youth. In a public school a gay student can’t get kicked out of school for being gay, nor can a low income student be denied an education because his or her family can’t afford the tuition. Public schools offer diversity and equal access and that is what I stand for and believe in.”

James Marsh-Holschen, Broomfield City Council, Ward 1

James understands that a strong City Council must work with and support the schools! He is opposed to vouchers, supports Safe2Tell, and will ensure that others understand their role in relation to the school district.  “Public schools are the ultimate grantor of equality and opportunity for all children. To support equal, well-funded public schools is to support the future of all of our children.”

Kyra DeGruy, Lakewood City Council, Ward 1

“Public schools are the foundation on which our society is built. They’re an opportunity to give kids an equal starting point, and to raise our community up. In my view, education is a basic human right, and we need to come together as a community to make sure we’re doing all we can to make it the best it can be.”

Charles K. Davis, Lakewood City Council, Ward 2

“Our public school system is the backbone and foundation of our country. It is woefully underfunded and has started to crumble. This needs to be resolved and turned around. ASAP.”

Jacob LaBure, Lakewood City Council, Ward 2

“The consequences, both unintentional and some entirely intentional, of TABOR led to the constitutional handcuffs that has starved our schools resources. Both the legalistic slight of hand in “the negative factor” and the downward ratchet of Gallagher ultimately would need to be addressed by reform of TABOR. I worked on the campaign for Ref. C and D, and I would support a citizen initiative driven constitutional reform to put common sense back into our budgeting process.”

Bill Furman, Lakewood City Council, Ward 4

“The public schools are a place for all children and provide protections for all children. They provide an education unfettered by the biases of individual beliefs.”

Kathryn Skulley, Ph.D., Westminster City Council – at large

“Education of our children is an investment in our future. It is a right of every child. Without an education, poverty is a guarantee. Public education provides opportunity and access for all students to receive an education. By supporting public schools, we create equity and equality for everyone.”

City Council and other Candidates wanting endorsements for the November 2017 election, please visit this Google link and answer the questionnaire. We will begin making these endorsements after September 21st.



2018 Candidates, the 2017 election requires the front page and biggest efforts and support right now. We will be happy to do endorsements for you following the very important 2017 election. You can fill out the questionnaire for 2018 here – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqlZnqosuKb4YXzBqZd2i8GVf87vLdxp75DWmVdsButVSdNg/viewform?c=0&w=1

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