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Thursday, October 17,2013

Election Guide 2013: Case for Estes Park School Director at Large

By Boulder Weekly Staff

UPDATE: Boulder Weekly has withdrawn its endorsement for candidate Christie Adams in the Estes Park School District R-3: School Director at Large race.

BW received an anonymous tip in the form of an online comment on our endorsements stating that Adams did not have a Ph.D., as had been claimed. BW contacted Adams twice asking her to simply tell us which school had issued her Ph.D. so that we could remove the anonymous post if it was inaccurate. Adams refused to tell BW where she had earned her Ph.D. We informed her that we would have no choice but to withdraw our endorsement if she couldn’t provide us with the name of the university that issued her Ph.D. She still refused to answer and hung up on us.

Estes Park School District R-3: School Director at Large
(vote for two)
Names appear as they do on the example ballot. Endorsements appear in bold.

Brian Brown
Tony Gittings
Kristine L. Poppitz
Laura Case
Christie Adams

For school district positions, we often lean toward current and former educators, in the hopes that their insights into classrooms provide solid guidance for the district as a whole, so Christie Adams, who holds multiple teaching degrees, including a Ph.D. in bilingual education, is a standout candidate for the Estes Park School Board. Two seats are open on the five-member board, and for the second seat, we endorse former teacher Laura Case, who told the Estes Park Trail Gazette she’s hoping to bring an educator’s point of view — and a parent’s perspective — to the board.

View all of Boulder Weekly's endorsements here.

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Ms. Adams is now accusing the Boulder Weekly reporter of harassing her on the phone and "bullying".  She hasn't argued that she has a PHD, only that she is running on an "anti-bullying" campaign and that she herself is now the victim. It would be great to hear the BW reporter's perspective on their bullying of Ms Adams?




Thanks for your comment and your question. Boulder Weekly did not bully Christie Adams.

Both I and Editor Joel Dyer called Adams to ask about her Ph.D. All we did was ask to know the school that issued Adams' Ph.D. She refused to answer that on several occasions, even after we told her we'd withdraw our endorsement. Both conversations were simply that question, asked several times. That's not bullying, that's being a public watchdog.


Thank you for looking into this and pulling your endorsement. This is what good journalism looks like. It is wrong on so many levels to lie about such a thing. Nothing to hide? Than provide the proof. You weren't even asking for a diploma you were simple asking for the school's name. Academic liars should be held accountable. Thank you for your attention to this. Signed, another concerned EP parent.