The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - — John Aguilar, The Den­ver Post

The three Jef­fer­son County school board mem­bers who as new­com­ers pre­vailed in a hard-fought re­call elec­tion in 2015 will kick off their re-elec­tion cam­paigns for Novem­ber’s bal­lot Tues­day in Wheat Ridge.

Brad Ru­pert, Su­san Har­mon and board pres­i­dent, Ron Mitchell, will make an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment about their re-elec­tion plans at 7 p.m. at the Wheat Ridge Recre­ation Cen­ter.

The trio ran as a block and man­aged to oust three board mem­bers who stirred con­tro­versy with their ap­proach to teacher pay, cur­ricu­lum pri­or­i­ties and the ap­point­ment of a new su­per­in­ten­dent. The po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere in the dis­trict be­came so con­tentious in 2014 that stu­dents took to the streets in protest and teach­ers staged sick-outs.

Ken Witt, Julie Wil­liams and John Newkirk were re­called by dis­trict vot­ers in Novem­ber 2015 and Ru­pert, Har­mon and Mitchell were cho­sen to take their seats.

The two other board mem­bers for Colorado’s sec­ond-largest school dis­trict, Ali Lasell and Amanda Stevens, don’t face re-elec­tion un­til 2019.

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