Re-8 board cancels 2021 election

Short on candidates, seats filled by acclamation

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/9/21

The November election ballot in Fort Lupton shrunk by at least one question this month.  The Weld Re-8 School District called off its school board election Sept. 3. The district had hoped was to …

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Re-8 board cancels 2021 election

Short on candidates, seats filled by acclamation

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The November election ballot in Fort Lupton shrunk by at least one question this month. 

The Weld Re-8 School District called off its school board election Sept. 3. The district had hoped was to find four candidates to fill five seats on the school board. Only two people turned in petitions with enough verified signatures to qualify as candidates. Two other people filed petitions of interest to be write-in candidates. 

Because there aren’t enough candidates to run for the five contested seats, the board called off the election.  

Re-8 Superintendent Alan Kaylor told the Re-8 school board Sept. 9 the decision to call off the election was in line with state statutes and not a matter of taking anyone's right to vote.

"The work you did (Sept. 3) saved the taxpaters $12,000," Kaylor told the board. Kaylor also told the board he was continuing to look into why so few people expressed an interest in running for the school board this fall.

The decision to call off the election means that Jaime Sierra wins a two-year term in District A, Matthew Adame returns to the board for a four-year term in District C, Michelle Bettger gets four years representing District F, and Cristian Gonzalez Torres represents District G for four years. All win by acclamation. 

District D remains a vacant seat on the board. 

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