Local Republicans endorse candidates

Group supports two incumbents and two others in November school board election

Craig Steiner is the newly elected chair of the Douglas County Republicans.
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The Douglas County Republicans are endorsing incumbents Doug Benevento and Meghann Silverthorne, along with Judi Reynolds and James Geddes in November’s school board election.

Like Benevento, Silverthorn and the rest of the current Douglas County School District board, Geddes and Reynolds are Republicans.

Geddes, a University of Colorado regent, seeks the District B seat now occupied by term-limited board president John Carson. The Sedalia resident is a surgeon who practices in both the Denver area and Summit County.

Reynolds, recorder for DCSD’s District Accountability Committee, and a Castle Rock resident, is running for the District D seat, now occupied by Carrie Mendoza.

Mendoza, of Castle Pines, was appointed to the post in March after former board member Dan Gerken resigned. Reynolds was a finalist for the appointment.

Though Mendoza has not made a statement about her candidacy, she also has not filed a candidate affidavit with the Colorado Secretary of State.

The local party voted on its endorsements Aug. 17 after weeks of candidate interviews, and months of recruitment.

The chosen candidates are those “most likely to support the principles of the Republican Party,” local party chairman Craig Steiner said. They’re also those most likely to support the current board’s push for education reform.

Colorado state statutes prohibit a school board candidate from running “as a candidate of any political party,” and political affiliation is not included on the ballot. But they can campaign as a party member.

The Douglas County Republicans endorsed the seven current board members in the 2009 and 2011 elections.

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