At 7:30 p.m., one Denver Public Schools race too close to call

Author: Marianne Goodland - November 7, 2017 - Updated: November 7, 2017

Barbara O’Brien, center, and fellow members of the Denver Public Schools board of directors. (Photo via

One of the four seats up for grabs in the Denver Public Schools Board of Education races is too close to call as of 7:30 p.m.

Based on first reported returns from the Denver Elections Division, former Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, an at-large incumbent, appears to be holding a strong lead of some 5,000 votes over her two challengers, Robert Speth and Julie Banuelos.

In an open seat in District 2, representing southwest Denver, Angela Cobian holds a nine-point lead over “Sochi” Gaytan — just under 900 votes.

The first of the two close races is in District 3, which includes Park Hill and south to George Washington High School. Incumbent Mike Johnson trails Carrie Olson by just 300 votes, or a little more than 1 percent. In a three-way race for the seat in District 4, which includes Montbello and Stapleton, incumbent Rachele Espiritu trails by more than 10 points, or about 1,200 votes. Tay Anderson, a recent DPS graduate, is a distant third.

This is a developing story. Check back with Colorado Politics for further updates.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.