The Denver Teachers Union recognized its final candidate in the November school board election: Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán, who will represent Southwest Denver in the competition.
Gaytán is a graduate and current parent of Denver Public Schools, and a real estate agent. She previously ran for the school board in 2017, but lost to Angela Cobián, who did not run for re-election. Karolina Villagrana is her opponent this year.
In addition to Gaitan, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association also supports the current board chairman Kelly Olsen, who is seeking re-election in east-central Denver; Michelle Quattlebaum is campaigning on behalf of Northeast Denver, Scott ·Esserman (Scott Esserman) is running for an ordinary seat in the city.
In the November 2 election, 14 candidates were running for four seats on the seven-member school board. Competition for the Denver School Board of Directors is often fierce, and campaign spending has soared in recent years. In 2019, election expenses exceeded 2 million U.S. dollars, with nine candidates running for three seats.
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