Five candidates certified to vie in D51 board race

Five candidates for three open seats on the District 51 Board of Education are certified to run for election in November, including two incumbents and three new candidates.

Current board President John Williams is running for the District C seat. Another District C candidate submitted a petition on Friday, but has yet to be certified to the ballot.

Incumbent board member Tom Parrish and candidate Dusti Reimer are both seeking election to the District D seat, and candidates Amy Davis and Tom Keenan are seeking to represent District E.

School board members are elected by all Mesa County voters but represent different areas of the county based on where they live.

District C covers parts of central and north-central Grand Junction; District D covers portions of Pear Park, Fruitvale and Orchard Mesa; and District E covers Palisade and portions of Clifton and East Orchard Mesa.

Williams and Parrish were elected in 2013 and were both endorsed by the Mesa Valley Education Association, which has nearly 900 members.

Williams won the election by a nearly 13 percent margin, and Parrish won by a nearly 16 percent margin.


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