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13 candidates apply for two open positions on Colorado Springs school board

August 4, 2016 Updated: August 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm
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Thirteen residents of Colorado Springs School District 11 submitted applications by Wednesday's deadline and made their pitch Thursday to fill two vacancies on the board of the region's largest school district.

The candidates are: Mary Coleman, Darleen Daniels, Elizabeth Farley, Shawn Gullixson, Andrew Hug, Carrie Kohut, Brian Kwan, Earl Mac-Enulty II, Casey McComsey, Daniel McKiernan, John Moe, Julie Ott and Alan Rasmussen.

The candidates were given an opportunity to introduce themselves and explain why they want to be a board member at Thursday's special public meeting.

Candidates also participated in a board orientation Monday, which presented the duties and responsibilities of the normally elected position.

Two of D-11's seven board members resigned last month.

Linda Mojer, an editor and writer who was elected to a term through 2017, announced July 7 that she is moving.

Martin Herrera, a Colorado Springs police officer who was elected in November, also is relocating and submitted resignation paperwork July 29.

The remaining five members will publicly discuss the candidates Aug. 8 and select two people to fill the seats at a regular meeting Aug. 10.

"They want to seat them rather quickly because on Aug. 24, the newest board members will be voting on the bond and mill levy override questions for the November ballot," said D-11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby. "To allow them to make an informed vote, staff and current board members will be getting them up to speed."

D-11 is considering asking voters to approve two school financing measures on the November ballot.

The board normally takes a recess in July but has held several special meetings to handle the vacancies.

In the weeks after Mojer's announcement, board members debated whether to appoint someone themselves or open the process to applicants.

Board member Theresa Null pushed for open applications, saying she didn't want someone favored by other board members to be shooed in.

The bid for seats on D-11's board became political in November, when several candidates ran as a reform team but were unsuccessful after the collective bargaining teachers' union financially backed the incumbents and their allies.

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