Four running in Glenwood in school board races |

Four running in Glenwood in school board races

The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board of education race will decide who will take each of the board’s five seats.

In District A (Basalt area), Michael Bair is running unopposed. Two candidates, Bill Shirley and Bob Guion, have withdrawn from that race.

In District B (Carbondale area), board president Robin Garvik is not running for another term. In her place, Rio Jacober and Brad Zeigel are running for that seat.

In District C (South Glenwood area), incumbent Bruce Wampler, who was appointed to the board last year, is running against Bob Arrington.

In District D (North and West Glenwood area), incumbent Susan Hakanson is running against Ken Melby.

And incumbent Peter Delany is running unopposed in District E (El Jebel area.)

School board members serve without pay.

In the Nov. 4 election, voters will decide who will serve in all of the school board seats, not just the board member from a specific district.

Garfield County is holding a mail-in vote only. Pitkin and Eagle counties will have election day voting at precinct polling locations.

On Monday, the Post Independent featured candidates running in Basalt, El Jebel and Carbondale districts, District A, B and E. Today, the Post Independent is profiling candidates running for Glenwood Springs’ districts: the District C and the District D races.

For complete election coverage, go to and click on “Election 2003.”

Distinct C, South Glenwood Springs area, four-year term

Incumbent Bruce Wampler, appointed by the board in 2002, is seeking re-election along with challenger Bob Arrington.

Robert “Bob” Arrington, 67, engineer, investor and area business owner

Number of children attending Re-1 schools: none, one grown daughter, a former teacher in the district

Previous elected office: none

Previous community service: seven-plus years as an officer for Denver Public Schools’ Parent Teacher Student Association and the School Improvement and Accountability Committee

Why are you running? What are your goals?

“I am firmly committed to encouraging and developing the community-involved support that will make strategic plans happen.

“In today’s tighter economic conditions, I am concerned about the monetary efficiency in budgets and development of resources.

“My opponent was appointed and not elected, and I believe in an elected school board.”

What do you consider the big issues in this election?

“The finances of a district are extremely important. We don’t know if the federal and state money our district receives will be there, and that’s why we need to put contingency plans in place.

“Other issues are the loss of teachers, improving and enriching student and teacher opportunities, and assisting in improved educational quality.”

Bruce Wampler, 51, software developer and university professor

Number of children attending Re-1 schools: two

Previous elected office: None

Previous community service: West Divide Conservancy District, Roaring Fork Holding Authority citizen task force, school volunteer

Why are you running? What are your goals?

“Since my kids have been in school I’ve been interested in serving on the school board. My wife, Trina’s, parents were teachers in this district for many years, and I believe in public education. All of my education, through my Ph.D., has been through public schools and universities.”

What do you consider the big issues in this election?

“Attracting and retaining teachers and staff, complying with federal and state mandates, upgrading the district’s buildings in all three communities, and addressing and serving all the communities in our district.

“Help be sure to include in the teachers in the school board process.”

District D, North and

West Glenwood Springs area,

four-year term

Susan Hakanson, 43, Roaring Fork Hospice. Former teacher, substitute teacher, secretary, health aide and bus driver in the district.

Number of children attending Re-1 schools: two

Previous elected office: Re-1 school board (1999)

Previous community service: District classroom volunteer

Why are you running? What are your goals?

“My husband and I have been active supporters of our public schools as our two daughters have journeyed through this district, kindergarten through 12. I feel my extensive experience in this district will help me to further support our wonderful students and staff.”

What do you consider the big issues in this election?

“Insuring that all students receive the instruction they need to succeed, retaining and attracting a quality staff, and understanding the changes in state and federal legislation and budget constraints will be the top issues facing our district in the coming months.”

Ken Melby II, 41, partner in KLM Development general contracting

Number of children attending Re-1 schools: three

Previous elected office: None

Previous community service: Re-1 School District Accountability Committee, district Finance Committee, the Glenwood Springs Elementary Accountability Committee, the Site Selection Committee for Sopris Elementary School, Strategic Planning Committee and Facilities Action Committee.

Why are you running? What are your goals?

“I attended kindergarten through 12th grade in Glenwood, and my in-laws, the Maddalones, went to school in Basalt and Glenwood.

“Now my eldest son is a senior and I see the amazing opportunities in the district. We’ve come a long way, and I’d hate to see us go back.

“I am concerned about the decisions facing the district and feel I will contribute by making a difference in our schools. As a fiscally conservative candidate, I’m open to meeting with all constituents.”

What do you consider the big issues in this election?

“Financially, we have to do more with less.

“We need to improve and maintain our facilities, retain teachers by improving benefit packages, and work towards affordable housing throughout the district.”

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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