There is a growing community of principled dissenters from the status quo of Denver Public Schools, who are calling for a more progressive way to run our district. They all want the promise of a good education to be intact for this generation's students, and the next, and the next...
So it's understandable that they would be looking for a progressive champion to protect the common good that manifests in our classrooms. There has been a worry articulated out there that some voters with a progressive bent are concerned about vote splitting between myself and my male opponent.
I can understand that concern, but here's why simply setting that aside and voting for me is the better tack.
Our platforms are not equivalent. I advocate for a moratorium on charters to focus on our public schools first. My male opponent is just calling for less charter approvals. You don't have to take my word for it; you can hear it for yourself. It's not exactly the same thing, and if you're willing to let privatizers have an inch, you might as well just let them have the mile. How is that different than what we have today?
Also, I have actual solutions to improve education for the nearly 80% of DPS students who are of color, having had direct experience in the classroom with them. My male opponent? He keeps saying "stronger together" and that "we all want diversity."
I even have articulated positions to protect LGBTQIA+ students, low-income families and teachers. My male opponent is silent on these issues.
These differences, and more, demonstrate that really I am the only progressive candidate in this at-large race. In fact, Denver's most progressive organizations agree, and these organizations believe they're using their vote wisely by supporting me and not my opponents.
Experience matters. I am a 15 year veteran teacher. I know exactly how board policies affect the classroom, which is where the rubber meets the road. All the other candidates are just guessing, at best.
My male opponent ran two years ago in an at-large race with the lowest voter turnout in three elections, and voters were so unimpressed with their choices that nearly 17,000 of them ignored the at-large race and voted for other things on the ballot instead. What's worse is that he lost by 913 votes.
Denver Elections mailed out some 400,000 ballots this year, but on a normal basis, school board campaigns only inspire a 30 percent voter turnout for these elections...AT BEST. Contrast this with the 72 percent voter turnout in last year's presidential election. That means that right now nearly 300,000 votes are potentially out there, and that means other campaigns will need to put in the work like we do on mine.
Further, in a three-person race, the number of votes needed to win is lower. With that many votes to earn out there, and fewer needed to win, there is no time for making excuses.
We are working to EARN your vote; we're not entitled to it.
I was the first to throw my hat in the ring. My male opponent was the last candidate to join this race and joined nearly five months after I filed and when the field consisted of three women with legitimate experience in education. If anything, he is splitting votes with me, not the other way around.
But that's not an excuse for me to stop working to earn your vote. The only ones entitled to anything in this race are our children, who are entitled to the best education we can possibly provide. In that, I will be your champion.