Gleason easily takes District 4 seat

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Incumbent Pat Gleason cruised to an easy victory in a three-way race for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 4 seat.

Gleason, who defeated challengers Robin Crossan and Jerry Kozatch, attributed the outcome to the community's general satisfaction with the way the School Board has operated the past couple of years.

"The difference probably is the majority of the community does not have a basic disagreement with the way the school district has been administered," Gleason said Tuesday night.

Gleason collected 1,505 votes, compared with 904 for Crossan and 815 for Kozatch.

"I think there was not a bad candidate," Gleason said of his challengers.

Kozatch, who received an endorsement from the Steamboat Springs Education Association just days before the election, said he was amazed at the outcome.

"I'm really surprised I got the least amount of votes of any candidate," Kozatch said. "I never thought of myself as coming in last."

Kozatch said he would continue to serve on several district committees, including the high school's accountability committee, the District Accountability Committee, the Education Fund Board and the Fund Board's Educational Excellence Commission.

Despite the result, Kozatch said the election experience was positive.

"I think we're pretty lucky to live in a place without mudslinging," he said.

Gleason said he wouldn't seek the School Board's presidency, a position being vacated by Paul Fisher. The School Board, with new members Michael Loomis and Jeff Troeger, will elect officers at its Nov. 17 meeting.

"It's a time-demanding role," Gleason said of the presidency. "I simply will not do it, and the new board members should not do it."

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