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Election ushers in all-female school board

Steamboat Springs School Board Kelly Latterman, Chresta Brinkman and Lara Craig were all smiles after winning in Tuesday night's election. Craig and Latterman beat out three other candidates to win four-year, at-large terms and Brinkman earned the right to serve a two-year term on the board.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Among the five candidates competing for three four-year terms on the Steamboat Springs School Board, Lara Craig, Kelly Latterman and Kim Brack emerged victorious.

For the two-year term, Chresta Brinkman earned 70 percent of the votes, defeating Andrew Heppelmann. Brinkman’s seat was left vacant when Mayling Simpson stepped down to pursue a job opportunity in another state.  

Latterman, who will now begin a four-year term, was appointed to fill the remainder of Simpson’s term.

Katy Lee is the only board member whose seat was not up for election. Her term expires in November 2021. Board members Margaret Huron and Michelle Dover decided not to run for re-election. Both were elected in 2015.

Out of five candidates, Craig earned the most votes for the three open four-year terms on the School Board, earning 3,452 votes. Latterman came in second with 3,229 votes, and Brack was third with 2,226 votes.

Current Board President Joey Andrew earned 1,800 votes, and challenger Tony Rosso received 1,836 votes.

Of the now all-female board, Latterman said, “It’s not really about gender — I feel voters elected folks they felt were the best qualified for the position and the most focused on student success.”

Chresta Brinkman said she was thrilled to be among a group of seven board candidates who are “so passionate about our district. Having so many people in the race is awesome, regardless of the outcome.”

Brinkman was also encouraged by the voter turnout and amount of civic participation.

“It’s important people are so invested in the community,” she said.

“I feel excited about what we can do to help our students and school district,” Craig said.

Craig spent 30 years teaching middle school and raised her two children in Steamboat.

Brinkman has four kids currently enrolled in the district and has spent extensive time volunteering in the schools.

“At the end of the day, we want people on the board who know our staff and know our schools,” she said.

Brack could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening. She has worked with kids with special needs as a therapist, spent a decade volunteering in the schools,= and has three kids currently enrolled in the district.

To reach Kari Dequine Harden, call 970-871-4205, email kharden@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @kariharden.

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