Tisue ousts incumbent in School District 51 board race

Photos by Dean Humphrey—Ann Tisue and Jeff Leany celebrate their election Tuesday to the School District 51 board. Tisue, shown at her home, defeated incumbent Cindy Enos- Martinez in District B. Leany ran unopposed in District A.

Cindy Enos-Martinez, shown at the School District 51 Basil T. Knight Center, said she suspected her support of a mill levy override measure led to her defeat by Ann Tisue in the District B school board race.

Soon-to-be District 51 School Board members Ann Tisue and Jeff Leany say they aren’t intimidated by the challenges facing education.

“It’s a challenge. We have to find efficiencies, areas where there is waste,” Tisue said Tuesday night at her home, where Leany and she celebrated her win over incumbent District B School Board member Cindy Enos-Martinez and his win in District A. Leany ran unopposed to replace Diann Rice, who moved to Loveland last month.

“It’s exciting,” Leany said. “People realize what has been happening hasn’t been working. Since the ‘60s we’ve been going the wrong way.”

Enos-Martinez said she wasn’t sure why Tisue won with 17,007 votes to Enos-Martinez’s 13,646. But Enos-Martinez suspected it may be because she supported Referred Measure 3B, which failed on Election Day.

“It looks like the community wants some change on the board,” she said. “I hope the two coming in can work as a team with the board and keep the students in mind as No. 1.”

Leany and Tisue will be sworn in at the Nov. 15 school board meeting or shortly after that date, depending on when the election results become official, according to District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee. After that, Tisue said she plans to focus on student achievement. Leany said he is going to take a few months to get comfortable in his new position, adding there “are some serious things that have to be dealt with.”

In other school board races that involved Mesa County voters, Plateau Valley School District 50 voters elected Thomas Gately and Michael Roy Harvey to District C and District A, respectively. Both ran unopposed. Harvey is an incumbent, and Gately will replace term-limited board member Tom Rau.

De Beque School District 49-JT canceled its School Board election because none of its races were contested. New board member Rod Graham will be sworn in tonight on the School Board, where he will join Amber Bumgardner, Gary Coates and Travis Graham. Board members will have to appoint a person to a fifth seat, which no one ran for this fall.

Richard Counts and Donald Metzler are leaving De Beque’s board.

The only two Mesa County voters who could have weighed in on Delta County School District 50J’s School Board race did not vote in the race. Counting Delta County votes, though, Kathy Svenson had a 75-vote lead over Jill Denise Jurca and a 240-vote lead over Barry W. Singleton in District One in preliminary results posted on the county’s website Tuesday night.

Preliminary results showed Pete Blair with an 1,883-vote lead over Mike Mason in District Three. In District Five, Tom Mingen held a 1,361-vote lead over Shelley Clement and a 1,860-vote lead over John “Dave” Evans.

The candidates will replace exiting board members Bill Kehmeier, Holly Sweetwood and Bob Tweedell and join Cheryl Hines and Tammy Smith on the board.

Retired teacher Tom West was on track to narrowly topple incumbent Barbara Bynum for the District D seat on the Montrose County Board of Education.

With all votes in Montrose County counted, West was leading 3,142 to 3,081. But results in those small parts of Ouray and Gunnison counties that also are in the district were yet to be tabulated, said elections supervisor Debbie Rudy.

Rudy said the narrow margin was not enough to force an automatic recount.


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