Neal wins seat on Colorado State Board of Education.

Marcia Neal of Grand Junction defied the national trend and apparently held an elective office for the Republican Party in Tuesday’s election.

Neal claimed a 51 percent to 49 percent lead, or 148,420 votes to 140,256 for Democrat Jill Brake of Pueblo in unofficial tallies in the race to represent the 3rd Congressional District seat on the Colorado State Board of Education.

The victor will succeed Pam Suckla, a Dove Creek Republican who is retiring from the board.

Neal is a former Grand Junction High School teacher and eight-year member of the District 51 School Board.

Brake is a former member of the school board in Pueblo and was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

The district includes 29 counties that cover most of the Western Slope and most of the southern edge of the state.

Neal said she was supported by home-school organizations and pitched her bid as “a teacher for the school board.”

Brake was endorsed by the Colorado Education Association.


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