Two elections contested

Crossan, Kelly join School Board race


— Education Fund Board members Robin Crossan and Brian Kelly are the latest to join a growing field of Steamboat Springs School Board candidates.

Crossan and Kelly's nomination petitions were certified by assistant to the superintendent Anne Muhme on Tuesday, bringing the number of official candidates to four and the number of contested elections to two.

Crossan, the mother of a Steamboat Springs Middle School student, will run for the District 4 seat held by Pat Gleason. Fellow Fund Board member Jerry Kozatch last week said he also will run for Gleason's seat, though he had not turned in his petition by Tuesday afternoon.

"I respect both of them very much," Crossan said of her competition. "Choice is a very good thing."

Crossan has lived in Steamboat for two years and served on the Fund Board and its Capital Commission for one year. Not knowing all the past history can be a positive, she said.

She and Kelly cited the numerous issues facing the school district as keys to their decision to run.

"I feel we have some issues that need addressing," said Kelly, the father of a 2003 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and a Soda Creek Elementary fourth-grader.

Kelly has spent most of his past 30 years in Steamboat, during which he was an original member of the "Just Good Cents for Schools Committee" that campaigned for the city's half-cent education sales tax. He also was the original chairman of the Fund Board's old Growth Commission and continues to serve on the Educational Excellence Commis-sion and the Fund Board.

Kelly will vie for the District 2 seat being vacated by School Board President Paul Fisher. Jeff Troeger also is certified as a candidate for that seat.

Kelly said he was looking forward to the competition for School Board spots and that it will improve the district in the long-run.

"If we're not as citizens willing to give it a try, how can we complain about the results?" Kelly said. "I think the system will be better off for having a contested election."

No candidates are registered for the District 5 seat held by Tom Sharp. Sharp is not running for re-election.

Potential candidates have until Friday to turn in their nomination petitions to Muhme with the signatures of 50 valid and registered voters. Election Day is Nov. 4.


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