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The most closely-watched school board election in Colorado this year just may be who wins a crucial fourth seat on the Douglas County Board...
Unofficial results posted at 10:45 Tuesday night by the Douglas County Clerk’s office show a conservative bloc making a clean sweep of the controversial Douglas County school board election. The results could have immediate implications for the district as one of the new board's first items of business will be to vote on a charter school effort being led by a major proponent and campaigner for the bloc, Douglas County GOP Vice Chair Mark Baisley.
Even if the Douglas County Republican Party candidates win the Douglas County School Board election today, the battle may come at the cost of wider party support.
In what some might see as a revealing small chapter of contemporary U.S. politics, an ugly school board election in Douglas County has seen the local Republican Party use hard-line ideological arguments to promote preferred "freedom-loving" Republican candidates over teachers' union-endorsed "liberal" Republican candidates. In a race that sees Republicans eating Republicans, the point seems to be less about the candidates than it is about the kind of school system a right-wing GOP would like to install in Douglas County.
The Douglas County school board elections are turning into an oddly partisan affair, one that pits Republicans against Republicans in an ugly campaign that...