State Board of Education
Congressional District 4
Stephen Ray Dellinger
For voters in northwest Boulder County who find themselves in Congressional District 4, the State Board of Education race features some interesting changes. No incumbent is running in this election, as current BOE chairman Bob Schaffer (R-Fort Collins) declined to run for re-election after new mapping changes moved his Larimer County home into a different district. The mapping changes are also significant because they move Douglas County, whose school board has been in the news in recent years for a proposed voucher system and rancor over collective bargaining with teachers, into the 4th Congressional District.
As a resident of Douglas County for more than 20 years, Republican candidate Pamela Mazanec has been an active proponent of school choice, as shown by her role as director of Great Choice Douglas County, a nonprofit organization supporting educational choice, including the Choice Scholarship Program being disputed in the courts. If elected, Mazanec, who has been endorsed by Schaffer, promises to fight for allowing parents to choose the school that best serves the needs of their child, increasing accountability in use of tax dollars by reducing bureaucracy, and allowing education money to follow a child to the school that best serves their needs, be it public, private or charter.
Libertarian candidate Steven Ray Dellinger of Longmont is also running for the District 4 seat on the State Board of Education. His campaign did not respond to requests for comment by deadline. Democrats have not fielded a candidate for this election.