Among the horrifying things we’re hearing these days, this stood out:
Jeffco currently has received the lowest number of ballots since 2009.
What does that mean?
It means we’re in danger of repeating 2013. As of Nov. 3, only 74,435 ballots were returned – and Jeffco has more than 450,000 registered voters. Four years ago, only 33 percent of Jeffco voters voted because too many people were complacent.
If you already have your ballot, please vote and return it to one of the many ballot drop-off locations around the county. You can see a list of those here: http://keepjeffcomovingforward.com/vote/. You can also look up a place to vote in person here: https://www.jeffco.us/elections.
If you’re really pressed for time, email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will arrange to pick up your ballot and deliver it to a drop-off location for you.
JCSBW supports the three candidates elected in 2015: Brad Rupert, Susan Harmon, and Ron Mitchell. Mitchell is running unopposed, but Rupert and Harmon both have opposition.
So why should you vote for Rupert, Harmon, and Mitchell? We explained some of the reasons in this post, but here are a few more:
- They have restored civility to discussions and listen to all voices
- They have consistently listened to community feedback and used that to guide decisions
- They are moving Jeffco forward
Why be concerned about the opposition candidates?
For starts, the District 1 opposition candidate is covering up his involvement with the Golden View Classical Academy’s PTO — as the PTO president — to the extent that Golden View actually deleted their PTO link from their website.
Here’s Van Gieson listed as GVCA PTO president.
And here’s what the GVCA website looks like now, with no PTO link on the website.
Why on earth would anyone go so far to hide their work as PTO president?
We have no idea. Every other candidate who has participated in their children’s PTA or PTO has included their involvement as one of their qualifications. Some don’t mention the name of the specific school their children attend — which we understand — but we can’t think of a single candidate who has gone so far as to convince the school to delete any reference to the (presumably still-existing) PTO on the webpage.
Why cover up your volunteer work with a Jeffco school? And if you’re covering up volunteer work like that, what else are you covering up?
Meanwhile, the District 2 opposition candidate has enrolled in the same program that brought us Witt, Newkirk, Williams, Boggs, and many of their supporters – Leadership Program of the Rockies.
Both candidates continue to lie about moving sixth graders to middle school, despite the reality that it was a decision made only after multiple meetings, surveys, and dialogue with the Jeffco community. For example, the cost to expand Drake and Dunstan Middle Schools in time for Fall 2018 is $14.5 million, as Superintendent Jason Glass explains in his blog.
The two opponents, on the other hand, either lack a solid grasp of math, or reality, and claim that the current cost is considerably more when that simply is not true. Perhaps this is because neither is on record as having spoken or written letters about moving sixth graders when the issue was being discussed?
Or perhaps it’s because we have yet to see either of them actually attend a regular board meeting?
One thing is certain: we can’t move Jeffco forward without strong, knowledgeable leadership, and that’s not going to come from either of the opponents.
Please vote for Brad Rupert in District 1, Susan Harmon in District 2, and Ron Mitchell in District 5, and then get those ballots in by 7 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 7.