Election results in at 10:09 a.m. Nov. 8 showed Jefferson County Board of Education candidate Stephanie Schooley was victorious over Rob Applegate, and Susan Miller over Joan Chávez-Lee – Schooley’s running mate – in the 2019 race.
In the District 3 race, Schooley prevailed over Applegate by more than 6 percentage points. Schooley earned 53.4% of the vote, and Applegate earned 46.6%. 164,597 votes counted.
In District 4, Miller won by about 7 percentage points, garnering 53.5% of the vote. Chávez-Lee earned 46.5%.
163,749 votes have been counted for the District 4 race so far.
"I'm very excited. It's a wonderful victory for Jeffco families," Miller said. "I think they wanted to have a seat at the table, andn they supported me for that reason."
Two of five seats on the board are open this year as board member Ali Lasell vacates the District 3 seat and board member Amanda Stevens vacates the District 4 seat, both after serving one term.Board of Education members serve four-year terms and are elected at-large, even as they represent a specific district.District 3 encompasses the northwest corner of Jefferson County, comprised of Coal Creek, Applewood, Denver West and parts of Arvada, among other areas.District 4 lies southeast of District 3 and primarily includes portions of Lakewood.Schooley and Chávez-Lee have run as a slate with both candidates receiving endorsements from teacher’s union Jefferson County Education Association, which historically endorses candidates in every Jeffco school board race.Schooley works as executive director of higher education nonprofit Campus Compact of the Mountain West. Applegate serves on the Colorado Military Academy Board of Directors as secretary and treasurer.In District 4, Chávez-Lee is a former Jeffco teacher and administrator. Miller has served on several school district committees and multiple PTSAsAll four candidates have expressed they would advocate for increased teacher compensation and a deeper, district-wide look into how Jeffco Public Schools could improve standardized test scores.
"I feel the most grateful that I've felt in a long time," Schooley said. "It's been an amazing journey to meet people from the district and county."
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