Who is running for election to the Douglas County School Board?
By Caleb Stuart
The Douglas County School Board consists of seven members elected every four years. Staggered elections are held, and, now, in 2017, four seats on the board are now up for election. None of the incumbents will run for reelection, so this year the county has eight new candidates that are aiming to win a seat on the board.
Douglas County is split into seven sections for election purposes, which are referred to as districts. Each district within the county holds one seat on the board. Two candidates are competing for a seat in each district. Districts’ B, D, E, and G are the sections with a seat open.
In District B Ryan Abresch and Anthony Graziano are running for election.
Ryan Abresch is one of the four candidates running on the Elevate Douglas County slate. Abresch is a lawyer and is currently working as a legal analyst for a legal research firm. In the past, Abresch served his community as a Deputy District Attorney in the 10th Judicial District in Pueblo. Abresch is running because his daughter attends a school in Douglas County and wants to help provide her with the best education. For additional information about Ryan Abresch visit his website at https://elevatedouglascounty.com/ryanabresch/.
Anthony Graziano is Abresch’s opponent in the upcoming election. Graziano is a 13-year resident of Douglas County. Anthony Graziano travels as often as he can but he always finds himself back in Castle Rock. Graziano is endorsed by Douglas County Parents Board, an organization that is concerned about the current policies of the school district; including the voucher program and teacher pay. More information about Anthony Graziano can be found at his website: https://grazianofordcsd.com/.
In District D Randy Mills and Chris Schor are attempting to earn a seat on the school board as well.
Randy Mills is another one of the four candidates running on the Elevate Douglas County slate. Both of his daughters experienced a K-12 public education in the schools that Douglas County had to offer. Mills is a small business owner and electrician that believes in career training. He is running for election to help improve the current public education system. If you would like more information about Randy Mills, visit his website at https://elevatedouglascounty.com/randymills/.
Chris Schor is running against Mills in the election. Schor has also been endorsed by the Douglas County Parents Board. All of her children and six of her seven grandchildren are or have attended a Douglas County School. As a previous teacher, Schor believes that she can make the right decisions for teachers in Douglas County. She wants to help train and retain more teachers. More information about Chris Schor can be found at https://www.chris4dcsd.com/.
In District E Grant Nelson and Kevin Leung are competing for a position on the School Board.
Grant Nelson is the third of four candidates running on the Elevate Douglas County slate. Nelson is a second-generation native Coloradan whose three children have attended Douglas County Schools. He intends to make decisions that are in the best interests of the students in Douglas County. More information about Grant Nelson can be found at the website: https://elevatedouglascounty.com/grantnelson/.
Kevin Leung is Nelson’s opponent in District E. Leung and his wife built a company, Magic Rabbit Carwash, Detail & Lube Co., that is ranked within the top 250 Colorado private companies in November of 2014. As a volunteer in the community, Leung believes that giving back only helps the community become stronger. Leung is supported by the Douglas County Parents Board. More information about Leung can be found at his website: https://kevinfordcschools.com/.
In District G Debora Scheffel and Krista Holtzmann vying for a seat on the board.
Debora Scheffel is the final of four candidates running on the Elevate Douglas County slate. Scheffel graduated from the University of Denver with a master’s degree in special education. In the past she has represented Colorado’s sixth Congressional District on the Colorado State Board of Education. She is currently working as the Dean of Colorado Christian University’s School of Education. She is running to help improve the education students receive in the county. For more information on Debora Scheffel visit her website at https://elevatedouglascounty.com/debscheffel/.
Krista Holtzmann is the final candidate running for a seat on the Douglas County School Board. Holtzmann is supported by the Douglas County Parents Board. She wants to lead the district towards meeting the needs of every student. Both of her children have attended Douglas County Schools. For more information about Krista Holtzmann visit the website: https://www.krista4kids.com/.
These are the eight candidates that are competing for a seat on the school board. Election day is on November 7. Be sure to choose a candidate and vote so that the district has the best school board possible.