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Jones bows out of DPS board race

The field for the Denver Public Schools board elections remains fluid, with Manual High School administrator Vernon Jones announcing Wednesday that he will not seek an at-large seat after all.

Jones filed a statement of intent to run with the Denver Elections Division on June 9, indicating his candidacy for the citywide seat being vacated by Theresa Peña, who is term-limited. But in an email Wednesday afternoon to members of the media, Jones said he is dropping those plans.

“My friends who support me didn’t like this conclusion at first but after discussions this afternoon they understood my reasoning,” he wrote.

“They realized that I can’t walk away from unfinished work or unfulfilled promises. They also understand that my work with the students at Manual and via the SBOE (Student Board of Education) are very important to me.”

Jones, who narrowly lost a run for the northeast Denver board seat to Nate Easley in 2009, said he may consider a run for the board’s other at-large seat, or for Easley’s seat, in 2013. Mary Seawell holds the board’s other at-large seat.

That leaves three candidates vying for Peña’s at-large seat – former Denver City Council president and recently resigned DPS employee Happy Haynes, Park Hill business consultant Roger Kilgore and South High School teacher Frank Deserino.