Closest election race sees Williams edge Sharp for Steamboat School Board
November 1, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs School Board's newest elected member is a stay-at-home mom and former Steamboat Springs High School business teacher.
With 52 percent of the vote, Rebecca Williams edged Colorado Mountain College adjunct faculty member Sandra Sharp for the District 5 seat. Only 188 votes separated the two by the time the final tally was released late Tuesday night. There are not enough uncounted ballots remaining to alter the result.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to serve our community," Williams said. "It's been an incredible experience campaigning because I have met so many awesome people in our community I have never known before. But after the campaign and the forums, I'm now ready to jump right in and get started."
Williams campaigned on her experience as an educator and told voters that as a young stay-at-home mother she would bring a unique voice to Steamboat's five-member school board. She also was the only Steamboat Springs School Board candidate to raise any money during the campaign. According to the latest finance reports filed by the candidates, Williams posted $504 in expenditures as of Oct. 27. Both Williams and Sharp regularly used the social media site Facebook to promote their campaigns.
Sharp said that even though she lost the board seat, she would stay involved in the school district.
"I'm going to be very, very involved in the educational process. I may be able to be more effective off the board than on the board," she said. "I wish (Rebecca) the very best of luck. I think it's a great opportunity for her."
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Sharp and Williams differed on Proposition 103, the proposed statewide sales and income tax increases to fund preschool through higher education in Colorado. Proposition 103 failed statewide on Tuesday. Routt County voters also rejected it.
Sharp opposed Proposition 103, saying it was unclear whether the funds it would generate would end up in classrooms. Williams said she was in favor of the tax increase for what it could provide to public schools in Routt County.
Williams will serve on the board with Wayne Lemley and incumbent School Board President Robin Crossan, who ran unopposed for seats in District 2 and District 4, respectively. Current board members Brian Kelly and Denise Connelly were not up for election this year.