Rupert unseats Hanlon from RFSD school board |

Rupert unseats Hanlon from RFSD school board

Will Grandbois

Jennifer Rupert

Challenger Jennifer Rupert defeated incumbent Karl Hanlon handily in Tuesday's election, carrying 64 percent of the vote, according unofficial results.

The margin was widest in Pitkin county, where she garnered 81 percent, and narrowest in Garfield County, where 59 percent supported her.

Rupert, 43, hails from New York originally but has put down roots in the Roaring Fork Valley. She's married to a native, and her son, Jack, is in third grade at Basalt Elementary.

Her passion for education comes out in her role as a ski school instructor and martial arts trainer. A community builder and informational lynchpin, she has long been a familiar face among active Basalt parents.

She did not respond to calls Tuesday for comment on her victory.

Rupert will serve a two-year term representing District A, which covers parts of Carbondale and Basalt. The short term stems from Hanlon's midterm appointment last year to fill one of two vacant seats. He later helped craft new contracts for district administration and was also a key figure in the 3B bond effort.

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"Congratulations to Ms. Rupert," he said. "I look forward to seeing her work hard for the whole district from Glenwood to Basalt."

Board members Daniel Biggs, Mary Elizabeth Geiger and Matthew Hamilton, were all re-elected running unopposed.