Neal defeats challenger 
for board of education

Incumbent Marcia Neal bested candidate Barbara Ann Smith in a close primary race for Colorado’s State Board of Education’s 3rd Congressional District. The district includes Colorado’s Western Slope and the Pueblo area.

Neal said she ran because she thought she had the best chance of beating out Democrat candidate Henry Roman in the fall election.

“I think it’s important to keep that Republican balance on the board,” Neal said by phone Tuesday night. “I think that is the reason that we a very choice-friendly state.”

The seven-member board has long-maintained a Republican majority and Neal said she hopes to keep it that way.

Neal said, if elected in the fall, she’ll work to get the state’s education system away from assessment testing by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, known as PARCC. S

he’s more in favor of a simpler and less time-consuming model of testing implemented in Utah.

Neal said she was pleased to win in a tough race over Smith.

Smith also said she ran because she thought she had a good chance of keeping the board in Republican hands.

Neal, a former Grand Junction High School teacher and School District 51 board member, was elected to the state board in 2008.


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