Early returns in the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education election showed the board's only incumbent leading the pack, and a candidate who focused heavily on his opposition to critical race theory was running last.
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Angela Christensen, the only incumbent running for election, was leading in the five-way race for three seats with 26.2% of the vote in unofficial results on Nov. 4. She had been appointed to fill a vacancy on the board last year. In her campaign, she pledged to continue to build on the work she’s started as a board member, with funding as her top priority.
Running second was Joan Anderssen, a faculty member at Arapahoe Community College, with 22.7% of the vote. Anderrsen had made bolstering the district's Career Exploration Center to give children a path to pursuing trade skills a top priority of her campaign.
"I think we're going to have a strong board," Anderssen said of the apparent winners of the three seats during an election night watch part at Carboy Winery.
Andrew Graham, the CEO and president of a healthcare consulting firm, was running third with 19.8% of the vote as of Nov. 4 will join the board if the trend continues. He made mental health a cornerstone of his campaign and supports more resources for children, faculty and staff. He also supports career education.
Jon Lisec, a software engineer, was running fourth with 17.1% of the vote, which would keep him from joining the board if the trend goes on. He vowed that if elected he would work with state lawmakers to find ways to revise Colorado’s public education funding in order to bring more stability to LPS. He also planned to focus on retention of high-quality educators and administrators.
Dale Elliott, a retired Air Force member, was running last with just over 14% of the vote. He made opposition to critical race theory, an academic concept that seeks to explain American society through the lens of systemic racism, the main pillar of his campaign. Elliott has called the theory a “cancer” and vowed that if elected he would prevent it from being taught at LPS schools, where it is not currently taught.
For results of other races, visit ColoradoCommunityMedia.com.
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