Election Results: 2021: Blackham, Booth, Karcher win Elizabeth school board race

Town voters also agree to change election date

Staff report
Posted 11/10/21

Candidates Craig Blackham and Heather Booth and incumbent Cary Karcher won the four-way race to fill three school board seats in Elbert County’s Elizabeth School District C-1. The top three …

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Election Results: 2021: Blackham, Booth, Karcher win Elizabeth school board race

Town voters also agree to change election date

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Candidates Craig Blackham and Heather Booth and incumbent Cary Karcher won the four-way race to fill three school board seats in Elbert County’s Elizabeth School District C-1.

The top three vote-getters out of four candidates won a four-year term on the five-member board.

In unofficial results updated late on election night, Nov. 2, Blackham was the leader in the four-way field with 28.1% of the total vote, followed by Booth with 27.3% and Karcher with 26.7% out of 13,494 votes counted up to that point.

David Eddy was trailing the other three candidates with 17.9% of the vote in unofficial returns. Eddy was one of several applicants to fill a board vacancy left by the resignation of John Guttenberg in August, but was not chosen. The board instead picked Rhonda Olsen on Oct. 11.

Blackham, Booth and Karcher, who ran as a slate, were backed by the Elbert County Republican Party. In a candidacy announcement over the summer, Thomas Peterson, the county GOP chair, called the three candidates “all proven conservatives” and community leaders well-suited for a “student orientated” school board that has “a strong tradition of fiscal responsibility, transparency, and academic achievement.”

Blackham is a former Elizabeth School District teacher and coach who recently retired after a 29-year career. He is a precinct committee person for the Elbert County Republicans.

Booth, a resident of Elizabeth for nearly 20 years, is the mother of two children who graduated from Elizabeth High School and two children still attending school in the district. The candidacy announcement said she “believes in school choice and wants to support our teachers. She wants to keep critical race theory out of our schools and make sure that our schools stay open.”

Karcher, elected to a second term, is a 29-year district resident with two daughters who graduated from the district and a granddaughter in kindergarten at a district school. “Having in-person learning and programs such as Homegrown Talent Initiative (HTI) helps our kids achieve success across the board,” Karcher said in the candidacy announcement.

The Elizabeth School District, which encompasses much of the west part of Elbert County, is by far the largest of several districts in the county, with 2,200 students.

Meanwhile, in the town of Elizabeth, Ballot Question 2A was passing by a 17 percentage point margin in unofficial returns late Nov. 2.

The measure changes the date of future municipal elections from the first Tuesday in April in even-numbered years to the Tuesday after the first Monday of November to coincide with the statewide election day. The measure also extends the terms of town trustees that would have expired in April 2022 to November 2022 to coincide with the new election day.

Elsewhere in Elbert County, in the Kiowa School District, Donald Gabehart was leading in the three-way race for a two-year school board term in early returns. In the three-way race for a four-year term, with the top two vote getters to be elected, Danielle Ullom and Beverly Durant were leading but the race remained close.

In the Douglas County School District, which includes a portion of northwest Elbert County, Republican-backed candidates Becky Myers, Mike Peterson, Christy Williams and Kaylee Winegar were elected to four school board seats. Those candidates won overwhelming support among voters in the Elbert County portion of the district.

In Douglas County school board District B, Peterson led Watkins by 56.3% to 43.7% in unofficial returns from all parts of the district. In District D, Myers prevailed with 54.3% over Martinez with 41.5% and Justin V. Mathew with 4.2%.

In District E, Williams had 54.6% to incumbent Leung’s 45.4% in unofficial results. And in District G, Winegar led with 55.0% over incumbent Holtzmann with 45%.

For results of other races across the region and statewide, visit ColoradoCommunityMedia.com.

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