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TEACHERS UNION-BACKED INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE COMMITTEE ATTEMPTS TO SUPPRESS REPUBLICAN VOTE IN DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RACE

Teachers union that described school choice as polite cousin of racial segregation ironically asks voters to determine whether the only pro-school choice slate is truly in favor of school choice

 

CASTLE ROCK, COLO. (November 7, 2017) – Yesterday, the union-funded political committee Douglas Schools for Douglas Kids that backs Anthony Graziano, Krista Holtzmann, Chris Schor, and Kevin Leung sent texts implying that the school choice candidates, Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Grant Nelson, are not actually in favor of school choice.

 

Attached to this press releases are copies of the text as well as the union-funded website to which the text directs recipients.

 

“It is mind-blowingly ironic that the American Federation of Teachers-backed IEC is claiming that Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Ryan Abresch are not pro-school choice enough. Just this summer, the head of AFT compared school choice, which many families in Douglas County value, to racial segregation,” said Michelle Lyng, campaign manager for the Elevate Slate. “This is nothing more than an attempt to confuse and suppress Republican voters who have not yet turned in their ballots. Republican voters in Douglas County should take this attempt to deceive as a rallying cry to encourage everyone they know to vote for Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Grant Nelson by 7 p.m. today.”

 

To date, and that is traceable, Douglas Schools for Douglas Kids has received at least $300,000 from the Washington, D.C.-based American Federation of Teachers as well as $15,000 from a committee affiliated with the Colorado Education Association.

 

Completed ballots must be in by 7 p.m. today. Voters should visit: http://www.douglas.co.us/elections/ballot-drop-off-locations/ to find the nearest Douglas County drop-off location.

 

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REPORTS OF VOTER INTIMIDATION AND SUPPRESSION IN DOUGLAS COUNTY

Robocalls Are Encouraging Voters to Vote a Month Late, Women Pushed Off Road

 

Castle Rock, Colo. (October 30, 2017) – In response to numerous reports of potential attempted voter intimidation and suppression surfacing in the Douglas County Schools Board of Education race, the Elevate Slate, which includes Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Grant Nelson, is providing tools to help Douglas County residents understand the signs of voter intimidation and defend their right to vote for their preferred candidates in this critical 2017 election.

 

“The residents of Douglas County have expressed outrage over the amount of out-of-state money flooding into the race to support our opponents,” said Michelle Lyng, campaign manager for the Elevate Slate. “Voters in Douglas County should arm themselves with information to stop explicit attempts by out-of-state organizations to silence voters in Douglas County. It’s exactly this behavior that our county needs to move beyond in order to restore the trust and respect of our community.”

 

Below are a few ways that Douglas County residents can protect themselves from attempts to silence their vote:

 

  • Know the deadlines for voting in Douglas County are November 7th, not December 8th, for walk-in ballots. Postmarks do not count, the ballot must be in the hands of the County Clerk and Recorder by 7 p.m. on November 7th.
  • Read our tip sheet that helps voters recognize the signs of voter intimidation and/or suppression. Tip sheet can be found here: https://elevatedouglascounty.com/suppression.
  • Report any attempts to confuse or disenfranchise voters to our tip line at 720-770-0402 or email address: info@elevatedouglascounty.com

 

Bullying at the local level by out-of-state interests is not new to Colorado, and liberal lawyer Mark Grueskin, whose organization gave an outside group $100,000 recently, previously has attempted to silence voters’ voices in contentious elections through direct action and by filing frivolous lawsuits.

 

About Elevate Douglas County

 

The Elevate Douglas County slate is composed of Douglas County residents Randy Mills, Debora Scheffel, Grant Nelson, and Ryan Abresch, all of whom are running for director positions on the Douglas County School District Board of Education in the November 2017 election. The slate stands for renewing Douglas County’s tradition of educational excellence, empowering parents to be partners in their children’s education, supporting and respecting educators, and expanding educational options for students.

 

To learn more about the slate and the 2017 election, please visit ElevateDouglasCounty.com.

 

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Colorado Women’s Alliance Endorses Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Grant Nelson for Douglas County School Board

 

Castle Rock, Colo. (September 21, 2017) – The Colorado Women’s Alliance, committed to engaging women in the political process in Colorado, has endorsed the Elevate Douglas County slate of candidates – Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Grant Nelson, who are running for the Douglas County School District Board of Education.

 

The slate is running on a platform that emphasizes delivering excellence in education, empowering parents with options in their children’s education, respecting teachers, and embracing fiscal responsibility. Most of all, the slate is committed to bringing stability and calm back to the district, which has been tumultuous since 2015.

 

“What we’ve found is that every woman, no matter her political affiliation, wants the best educational opportunities for children. Providing top notch education for every child, in a fiscally prudent manner, is a tough job. We feel that the Elevate Douglas County slate is best equipped to provide that balance,” said Joni Inman, Executive Director of the Colorado Women’s Alliance.

 

Randy Mills owns an electrical contracting company in Douglas County and is passionate about bringing greater opportunity for Douglas County students to learn trade skills through partnerships with local businesses. Mills’ daughters attended neighborhood schools as well as online schools, so Mills is an advocate for empowering parents to make the best choice in education for their children. The options that Douglas County School District offered his daughters allowed them to pursue their mutual passion – rodeo. In fact, Mills’ daughter was Miss Rodeo Colorado 2016.

 

“Moms and dads know best which type of education is right for their child or children,” said Mills. “My effort to bring more options for vocational trade schools in Douglas County stems from my belief that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to education. As an electrician, I am a testament to the power of learning a skill and putting it to use. For some a neighborhood school is the best fit, for others, like my daughter, an online school allows the flexibility for kids to pursue their passion, and still others thrive at public charter schools.”

 

Abresch is the dad of a first grader who attends a Douglas County School District public charter school. Abresch formerly was a deputy district attorney in Pueblo and now works for an online legal research firm. He is determined to provide an excellent education for his daughter and his nieces and nephews in Douglas County School District.

 

“I have skin in the game in Douglas County, like many moms and dads in our district. I want to give my daughter – and all students in Douglas County – a bright future. My wife is a graduate of the Douglas County School District and it is a privilege to see our daughter continuing this tradition by attending school in the same district committed to excellence,” said Abresch. “As a parent, I want to fight to continue the tradition of excellence that has always been a hallmark of Douglas County Schools.”

 

Scheffel is the head of Colorado Christian University’s education department, the top-rated education school in Colorado. She most recent sat on the Colorado State Board of Education, representing the Sixth Congressional District. Scheffel began her career in Douglas County as a special education teacher and completed her post-doctoral work at Northwestern University of University of California, San Diego. Throughout her decorated career in education, she has found her calling in challenging and inspiring the next generation of teachers and is an advocate for the teaching profession.

 

“As a teacher, I have always believed in the power of education. It’s the future of our country, it’s where kids make up their minds about life,” said Scheffel. “Most importantly, I want to restore stability and respect to our district. Teachers are the centerpiece of an excellent education. Teachers are there to bandage wounded knees, to help kids find the right bus after school, and our community puts faith and trust in our schools that we are giving kids the best education possible.”

 

Nelson is a second-generation Colorado native and has lived in Douglas County since 1993. A successful business owner, he currently works in commercial real estate throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. He is the parent of three current students in Douglas County who have attended both neighborhood and public charter schools.

 

“As a parent, I’ve watched the tone and tenor of our school board degrade in recent years,” said Nelson. “Our kids should look at their elected school board members as role models, and sometimes our leaders have failed in that regard. We need to cut through the bickering and get back to serving students, parents, and our community. We have a budget crisis to deal with and we have a responsibility to our community to roll up our sleeves and find solutions.”

 

“Elevate” refers to the idea that the Douglas County community has a responsibility to lift up Douglas County students and ensure they are prepared to be successful adults. In addition, the slate is running to bring stability back to the district.

 

About Elevate Douglas County

The Elevate Douglas County slate is composed of Douglas County residents Randy Mills, Debora Scheffel, Grant Nelson, and Ryan Abresch, all of whom are running for director positions on the Douglas County School District Board of Education in the November 2017 election. The slate stands for renewing Douglas County’s tradition of educational excellence, empowering parents to be partners in their children’s education, supporting and respecting educators, and expanding educational options for students.

 

To learn more about the slate and the 2017 election, please visit ElevateDouglasCounty.com.

 

About the Colorado Women’s Alliance

Colorado Women’s Alliance (www.coloradowomensalliance.com) supports research, education, and advocacy in areas of concern to women voters. The organization views the common concerns among all women as providing high-quality education to all children, protecting seniors, creating economic vitality, preserving safety and quality of life, and providing affordable health care. In addition to creating alliances and coalitions among women, Colorado Women’s Alliance will promote and educate women on issues and candidates, and conduct ongoing research on the values and concerns of women.

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ELEVATE DOUGLAS COUNTY CANDIDATES DEMAND THAT LEUNG, HOLTZMANN, GRAZIANO AND SCHOR BE HONEST WITH THE DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY

Opponents Claim Kids Not Politics, But $300,000 in Union Money Shows Otherwise

 

CASTLE ROCK, COLO. (October 18, 2017) – Last night’s campaign finance reporting showed that the American Federation of Teachers, a teachers union based in Washington, D.C., dropped $300,000 into the Douglas County School Board race to support candidates Kevin Leung, Krista Holtzmann, Chris Schor, and Anthony Graziano, and oppose Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Grant Nelson, the Elevate Slate. The AFT put the money into a political committee humorously named Douglas Schools for Douglas Kids.

 

The union-backed candidates also are supported significantly by registered political committee Douglas County Parents, which has repeatedly denied that the candidates are supported by the union and continuously has asserted that they simply are a group of grassroots parents.

 

“This campaign finance filing completely dispels the notion that supporters of our opponents are simply concerned parents,” said Michelle Balch Lyng, campaign manager for the Elevate Slate. “Randy, Ryan, Debora, and Grant have the integrity to have honest conversations with taxpayers and parents – the kind of integrity needed to begin repairing badly damaged relationships and healing old wounds. It’s clear that the Dream Team is simply pursuing absolute power over children’s futures with a 7-0 board that will be beholden to massive political organizations located over 1,600 miles from Douglas County. Their lies have raised questions about their ability or fitness to govern—particularly since children are involved.”

 

This election is between a pro-student, pro-parent, and pro-school choice slate, the Elevate Slate, and the union-backed slate and has national implications as the fate of the Taxpayers for Public Education vs. Douglas County School District case delicately balances on the outcome of this election. If one candidate from the Dream Team slate is elected, the lawsuit, and the opportunity to strike down Blaine Amendments, which are rooted in anti-Catholic bigotry, likely will disappear. Elevate Slate opponent, Kevin Leung, is a plaintiff in the case arguing to keep in place discrimination. Leung has partnered on the case with the American Civil Liberties Union, which also is playing in the race.

 

To date, each slate has raised approximately $100,000 for the campaign.  The election mirrors the Jefferson County election two years ago in which $285,000 from unions flooded into the district, with so-called parent-led groups leading the charge, to recall three pro-school choice board members. In donating $300,000 earlier this month, the American Federation of Teachers is on track to spend more than the Colorado Education Association spent the entire election.

 

AFT president Randi Weingarten earlier this summer called school choice the “slightly more polite first cousins of segregation.”

 

Approximately 20 percent of Douglas County students attend a public charter school.

 

About Elevate Douglas County

The Elevate Douglas County slate includes Douglas County residents Randy Mills, Debora Scheffel, Grant Nelson, and Ryan Abresch, all of whom are running for director positions on the Douglas County School District Board of Education in the November 2017 election. The slate stands for renewing Douglas County’s tradition of educational excellence, empowering parents to be partners in their children’s education, supporting and respecting educators, and expanding educational options for students.

 

To learn more about the slate and the 2017 election, please visit ElevateDouglasCounty.com.

 

 

 

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ELEVATE DOUGLAS COUNTY SLATE FILES PAPERWORK TO RUN FOR FOUR SEATS ON DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

Slate aims to renew excellence in education, empower parents, respect teachers, and expand educational options

 

CASTLE ROCK, COLO. (July 7, 2017) – Today a slate of four candidates filed paperwork under the banner of Elevate Douglas County to run for four seats on the Douglas County School District Board of Education in November 2017. On the slate are Randy Mills (District D), Debora Scheffel (District G), Grant Nelson (District E), and Ryan Abresch (District B).

 

The slate is focused on quelling the discord and division in the district while renewing the tradition of excellence in Douglas County Schools, empowering parents to be partners in their children’s education, fostering an environment that supports and respects educators, and expanding educational options, such as career and technical training, for students.

 

Mills is an electrician by trade and is passionate about expanding vocational and trade education in Douglas County. A parent of graduates from traditional and online Douglas County public schools, Mills is an advocate for parental empowerment in children’s education.

 

“Parents know best which education fits their children,” said Mills. “Whether a family chooses a neighborhood school, a public charter school, online school or technical education, it is important that we as a community respect and support those decisions.”

 

Dr. Scheffel is a native of Douglas County and is a recognized expert in the field of education policy. She most recently represented the 6th Congressional District on the Colorado State Board of Education and is the dean of Colorado Christian University’s School of Education. Dr. Scheffel began her career as a special education teacher in Douglas County and has an extensive academic background that includes a master’s degree in special education from the University of Denver. She has worked tirelessly to improve education throughout Colorado and beyond.

 

“Students are impacted for life by what happens in school,” said Dr. Scheffel. “I am running to ensure that Douglas County can return its focus to providing an excellent education for students of all levels throughout our district.”

 

Nelson is a second-generation Colorado native and has lived in Douglas County since 1993. A successful business owner, he currently works in commercial real estate throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. He is the parent of three current students in Douglas County who have attended both neighborhood and public charter schools.

 

“As a parent, I’ve watched the tone and tenor of our school board degrade in recent years,” said Nelson. “Our kids should look at their elected school board members as role models, and sometimes our leaders have failed in that regard. We need to cut through the bickering and get back to serving students, parents, and our community.”

 

Abresch has been a resident of Douglas County since 2014 and currently works as a legal analyst for an online legal research firm. Prior to his job as a legal research analyst, he served his community as a deputy district attorney in the 10th Judicial District in Pueblo. He is the father of a charter school student in Douglas County.

 

“We moved to this district to give our kids the best education possible – the kind found in Douglas County Schools,” said Abresch. “As a parent, I want to fight to continue the tradition of excellence that has always been a hallmark of Douglas County Schools.”

 

“Elevate” refers to the idea that the Douglas County community has a responsibility to lift up Douglas County students and ensure they are prepared to be successful adults. In addition, the slate is running to bring stability back to the district.

 

“Our school district has seen a lot of vitriol and chaos in recent years. It’s time for us to end the conflict, restore stability, and get back to governing like responsible adults and role models,” said Mills.

 

The candidates’ official kick-off party will be on July 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec St, Littleton, CO 80130.

 

About Elevate Douglas County

The Elevate Douglas County slate is composed of Douglas County residents Randy Mills, Debora Scheffel, Grant Nelson, and Ryan Abresch, all of whom are running for director positions on the Douglas County School District Board of Education in the November 2017 election. The slate stands for renewing Douglas County’s tradition of educational excellence, empowering parents to be partners in their children’s education, supporting and respecting educators, and expanding educational options for students.

 

To learn more about the slate and the 2017 election, please visit ElevateDouglasCounty.com.

 

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