Doucet steps up as write-in candidate for D27J

Tammy Kranz

Brighton resident Rick Doucet has stepped up as a write-in candidate for District 27J’s District 2 seat.

Doucet becomes one of nine candidates vying for five spots on the board. Before Doucet put his name as a write-in candidate, there were no candidates for District 2.

“I would be truly honored to serve on the 27J Board, to serve those students and families to the best of my ability, and make a difference in the quality of their educational experience,” said Doucet, who is a health-care executive. “I feel 27J has made great strides in helping kids achieve their educational goals and believe that I have something to offer in helping them continue down this path.”

The key issues facing the district were success in school and graduation rates, he said.

Doucet said he had extensive experience managing large budgets and the ability to foster community partnerships with key community leaders at the local, state and federal level.

“Furthermore, I will bring my knowledge and expertise as a health-care professional to my role as board member to serve as a resource regarding health and wellness for students,” he said.

The district has more than 16,000 students from Brighton, Commerce City and Thornton. Thornton is only represented by District 2 and there are 1,703 Thornton students in the district, according to Kevin Denke, public information officer.

The other unopposed races are District 4, with Michael Landwehr as a candidate, and District 7, with Gregory Piotraschke as a candidate. District 5 race has two candidates, including incumbent Patrick Day who is seeking his second term on board and Cassandra Barker-Carr. Four candidates are running for District 6, a seat held by Teresa Gallegos who was appointed to the board in November 2012 and is seeking her first full term. The other candidates for District 6 are Stanley Hill, Luis Mella and David Gill.

Because Doucet is a write-in candidate, his name will not appear on the ballot so voters will need to fill in his name in the District 2 slot if they want to cast their vote for him.

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