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Final seat on D-20 board headed for recount; challenger defeated board president in D-38

November 7, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2017 at 9:10 am
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The race for the final seat on the Academy School District 20 Board of Education appeared headed for a mandatory recount with all votes counted early Wednesday.

Doug Lundberg, a previous member of the D-20 board, had a 18-vote lead over former Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce CEO Will Temby. A 51-vote difference triggers a recount.

Former District 20 administrator Karin Reynolds topped the field in the five-way race for three school board seats, followed by former Classical Academy board chairman Thomas LaValley. Eric Davis, who owns a martial arts school, was a distant fifth.

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In Lewis-Palmer District 38, challenger Chris Taylor finished nearly 5 percent ahead of incumbent board member Sherri Hawkins in District 1 and former preschool teacher and businesswoman Tiffiney Upchurch won by more than 7 percent over technology consulting company executive Thomas De Angelis in District 3. Taylor owns a business that helps public companies make filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He and Upchurch were promoted as "conservative" candidates while Hawkins and De Angelis were backed by a union representing the district's teachers.

Reynolds said she was "honored that the District 20 constituents believe in me. I will work hard for them and our kids and the partnership with parents will be huge. I am here to serve the parents, students and community. It is a different role than I have had in the past, but one I look forward to."

LaValley, a United Airlines pilot, said he was "cautiously optimistic" about the results and "excited to serve the district and help make District 20 even greater than it is now, and it is already great. I am happy this was such a cordial race and it was a pleasure to run against my opponents."

While his race was one of the closest in Tuesday's election, Lundberg said that "great people are running so the patrons won't lose no matter who gets chosen."

Board members in District 20 will oversee school construction already underway as well as building renovations after voters approved a $230 million bond issue a year ago, while District 38 board members are working expansion plans.

The board has faced scrutiny in recent years from parents calling for more transparency, which led to meetings being videotaped.

Taylor said he had "worked really hard over the past several months to meet people and whether I won or lost, the joy was in meeting people. Now the work begins. I look forward to serving the community and applaud all who have served, including Sherri. She has a strong commitment to the district, teachers and students.

Upchurch said her win was "a community, grassroots and nose-to-the-grindstone effort. It was kind of exciting. My priority is making sure the community and district are in collaboration with each other."

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