Ballots mailed for Nov. 5 election: All 5 RE-1 School Board seats up for grabs

Norma Engelberg Contributing writer

This year's Teller County Combined General Election is a mail-only ballot and early voting has already started for the Cripple Creek-Victor RE-1 School District school board. All five director-district seats are up for grabs but only four districts have fielded candidates.

The District A, B and E winners will serve four-year terms while the District C candidate will serve a two-year term. With no candidates for District D, also a two-year term this year, the newly elected school board will be seeking a director to appoint.

In District A, there are two candidates, Lori Ravage and Tana Rice. Ravage is a homeschool mom and frequent district volunteer who was appointed to a position on the school board in August. Rice is an operations controller for Alpine Autism Center and has a bachelor's degree in business administration.

District B has only one candidate, Timothy Braun, a local business owner and author who has served on the CC-V board previously.

The single District C candidate is Don Daniel, a former Victor City Councilmember who serves on the current school board.

The District E candidates are Rich Warrino and Dennis Jones. Warrino is a pension consultant and co-leader of the Cripple Creek Children's Church. He is a member of the CC-V Booster Club and an assistant at the Cripple Creek Soup Kitchen. Jones currently serves on the CC-V school board after being appointed earlier this year. He has a varied career both in public service and in private business. He teaches at Pikes Peak Community College.

Director District Maps are available at Teller County voter living outside the CC-V School District will have only two items to decide, Amendment 66 (school funding reform) and Proposition A (marijuana taxes).

Ballots have already been mailed to registered voters and must be returned to the Teller County Election Office either by mail or dropped-off at the Clerk and Recorder's Office, 101 W. Bennett Ave. in Cripple Creek, or the Clerk and Recorder Annex Building, 540 Manor Court in Woodland Park, by no later than 7 p.m. on Nov. 5. The drop-off sites will be accepting ballots from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Both offices will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day. A postmark date will not count as a “received date” and ballots received after 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 will not be counted.

Registered voters who did not receive a ballot should call the Teller County Courthouse at 719-689-2951.

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