Democrat Lisa Escárcega was leading Republican Sydnnia Wulff in the race to represent Denver on the Colorado State Board of Education, 75.0% to 22.2%, as early returns came in Tuesday.
Escárcega, who retired as head of the Colorado Association of School Executives, and Wulff, an attorney, are running to represent District 1, which includes Denver and parts of Arapahoe County. Either would be a newcomer to the board, after the previous District 1 representative, Val Flores, failed to make the ballot.
In District 7, which includes much of Jefferson and Adams counties, Democrat Karla Esser led Republican Nancy Pallozzi, 62.7% to 37.3%. One of the two candidates will replace incumbent Jane Goff, who couldn’t run again because of term limits.
The only incumbent in a state Board of Education race is Republican Joyce Rankin, who represents District 3, covering most of western Colorado. She was leading challenger Mayling Simpson, a Democrat, 53.7% to 46.3%.
The Board of Education oversees the Colorado Department of Education and appoints its commissioner; creates regulations to implement state education laws; and makes decisions under the state’s accountability system, such as whether low-performing schools have done enough to improve.
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