Election 2021: Conservative slate seeks Elizabeth school posts

Incumbent joins 2 other board candidates in run announced by GOP leader

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 8/9/21

Three candidates running as a slate in the officially nonpartisan Elizabeth school board race were recently announced by Thomas Peterson, chairman of the Elbert County Republican Party. The three — …

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Election 2021: Conservative slate seeks Elizabeth school posts

Incumbent joins 2 other board candidates in run announced by GOP leader

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Three candidates running as a slate in the officially nonpartisan Elizabeth school board race were recently announced by Thomas Peterson, chairman of the Elbert County Republican Party.

The three — Heather Booth, Craig Blackham and incumbent Cary Karcher — are “all proven conservatives,” the announcement said. The Elizabeth C-1 district has five schools: Elizabeth High School, Elizabeth Middle School, Legacy Academy, Running Creek Elementary School and Singing Hills Elementary School.

The announcement said the three candidates for the November election are community leaders well-suited for a “student orientated” school board that has “a strong tradition of fiscal responsibility, transparency, and academic achievement.”

Heather Booth

Heather Booth, according to the announcement, has been a resident of Elizabeth for nearly 20 years and is the mother of two children who graduated from Elizabeth High School and two children still attending school in the district.

Booth served as the Running Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Community Outreach vice president for many years, the announcement said, and has volunteered in the district.

The announcement states: “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 like they did last school year. Another key area of interest for her is to see more mental health help for our students who struggle.”

Craig Blackham

Craig Blackham is a former Elizabeth School District teacher and coach who recently retired after a 29-year career, the announcement said. Blackham, known to students as “Mr. B,” served for a short time as dean of students, was a head coach and class and student council sponsor, chaired the English Department, and was assistant coach for the 2010 state championship football team. He was named Metropolitan League Coach of the year and Teacher of the Year, the announcement said.

Blackham, a precinct committee person for the Elbert County Republicans, “is very proud of his ability to work with every person involved in the education of children to achieve shared goals,” according to the announcement.

Cary Karcher

Incumbent school board member Cary Karcher is nearing the end of his first four-year term and running for re-election. The 29-year resident has two daughters who graduated from the district and a granddaughter now starting kindergarten at Singing Hills Elementary.

“Having in-person learning and programs such as Homegrown Talent Initiative (HTI) helps our kids achieve success across the board,” Karcher noted in the announcement. “The leadership, skill, and passion of our administration and staff just makes me proud to be a part of the Elizabeth Board of Education. We have accomplished a tremendous amount in the past four years, and it would be an honor to serve for another term.”

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