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Is the teachers union playing a covert role in DougCo school board race?

Author: Dan Njegomir - October 11, 2017 - Updated: October 11, 2017


Conservative blog Colorado Peak Politics thinks so, based on some tips and evidence that came its way. The evidence includes photos taken surreptitiously inside Douglas County Federation offices by what Peak says was a disgruntled staffer at the union — showing lists of volunteers who will walk precincts, canvass neighborhoods and “talk to voters.”


Peak also reports:

“… a loyal reader has assured us that the Douglas County Federation (the teachers union) is canvassing neighborhoods throughout Douglas County.”

Peak says the evidence belies public statements via social media by the supporters of one of two opposing slates of school board candidates in the Douglas County School District November board race: “The registered political committee, Douglas County Parents, continues to deny that the union is involved in supporting the Douglas County Parents-endorsed candidates, Kevin Leung, Krista Holtzmann, Chris Schor, and Anthony Graziano.”


That’s the slate that is second-guessing wide-ranging policies — like an as-yet unimplemented school voucher program and an end to collective bargaining with the union — adopted by a previous board several years ago and supported by the current board majority. While most of that majority isn’t seeking re-election, a slate of new candidates that supports that same reformist bent is on the ballot.

The DougCo union, like teachers unions elsewhere, is no fan of the status quo’s reforms and  doubtless would like to recover its power to collectively bargain a labor contract. So, is the union covertly helping one side in the campaign — despite the campaign’s denial’s?

We have a call in to Douglas County Federation President Kallie Leyba and will let you know what we find out.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.