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Former Lt. Gov. O'Brien comfortably ahead in DPS board race, two seats too close to call

By: Marianne Goodland ColoradoPolitics.com
November 7, 2017 Updated: November 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, public school buses are parked in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Two of the four seats up for grabs in the Denver Public Schools Board of Education races were too close to call in early returns.

Based on the first numbers reported from the Denver Elections Division, former Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien, an at-large incumbent, appears to be holding a strong lead of some 5,000 votes over her two challengers, Robert Speth and Julie Banuelos.

In an open seat in District 2, representing southwest Denver, Angela Cobian holds a nine-point lead over "Sochi" Gaytan - just under 900 votes.

The first of the two close races is in District 3, which includes Park Hill and south to George Washington High School. Incumbent Mike Johnson trails Carrie Olson by just 300 votes, or a little more than 1 percent. In a three-way race for the seat in District 4, which includes Montbello and Stapleton, incumbent Rachele Espiritu trails by more than 10 points, or about 1,200 votes. Tay Anderson, a recent DPS graduate, is a distant third.

In an open seat in District 2, representing southwest Denver, Angela Cobian holds a nine-point lead over "Sochi" Gaytan - just under 900 votes.

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