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Campaign season busy in some districts, dull in others

School board elections this year look to be lively in Denver, Douglas County, Jefferson County and some other big metro-area districts. But things will be quieter elsewhere, particularly in Boulder County.

Friday was the deadline for board candidates to file nomination petitions, which require 50 valid signatures from registered voters to get a candidate on the Nov. 5 ballot.

In some districts petition signatures already have been certified, but in others those checks still need to be made.

EdNews surveyed several districts on Friday to update its preliminary list of candidates, and here’s what we found:

  • In Denver nine candidates turned in their petitions by Friday. The district has four open seats on the seven-member board, one citywide and three in districts. All will be contested.
  • Dougco also will have four of seven seats on the ballot. More than a dozen people filed initial candidacy papers with the Department of State, but we couldn’t determine Friday how many had filed petitions.
  • In Jeffco there are seven candidates for three seats on the five-member board.
  • It also looks like seats will be contested in Adams 12-Five Star Aurora and Littleton.

In Cherry Creek there are three candidates for two seats, so only one race will be contested.

There was even less interest in Boulder County’s two school districts, Boulder Valley and St. Vrain, where the number of candidates equal the number of open seats. St. Vrain already has cancelled its election, and the Boulder board probably will consider doing so. (School districts have to pay county clerks to run elections and can save tens of thousands of dollars by not holding them.)

It’s still possible for any school board hopefuls to run as write-in candidates – but to do so a person has to file an affidavit of intent by Tuesday.

This brief was updated Sept. 3 to reflect additional candidates in Adams 12.

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