Cherry Creek School Board race produces decisive winners


Local attorney Kristin Allan will replace outgoing Cherry Creek School Board President Karen Fisher, who is term-limited.

Although the at-large race for the open seats representing Director Districts D and E on the Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education produced a slew of contentious questions, answers, ads and accusations, in the end the vote for both positions was not close.

Incumbent Kelly Bates was re-elected to the Cherry Creek School Board.

In Director District D, incumbent and longtime volunteer Kelly Bates, running for a second term, received 52% of the votes, while her nearest challenger Jen Gibbons, AuD, founder of Heritage Heights Academy charter school, got 34% of the vote and Bates’ other challenger, Schumé Navarro, owner-operator and lead artist of Peacock Vanity, received 14% of the 71,608 votes cast. 

In Director District E, there was no incumbent because outgoing school board president Karen Fisher was term-limited. Newcomer Kristin Allan, local attorney and chair of the CCSD district accountability committee, got 50% of the 71,192 votes cast. Her nearest challenger was Bill Leach, a hardware and software manager for the State of Colorado, who ran a joint campaign with Gibbons. Leach received 30% of the votes cast and the third candidate in the race, Jason Lester, Ph.D., director of Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and adjunct professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, received 20%.