Ray to run for second term on school board

Board president says district is close to 'reclaiming its reputation'


Douglas County School Board President David Ray has announced he will seek a second term. Ray will be the only incumbent up for reelection who is running in the November race.

Director Anne-Marie Lemieux, who holds the District C seat, and Director Wendy Vogel in District A, will not run for another term. Both endorsed District A candidate Susan Meek, a former district spokeswoman.

Ray will face off in District F, encompassing Parker and nearby unincorporated areas, with lawyer Kory Nelson.

In his announcement, Ray recounted his choice to run in 2015. At the time, he said, he “loved being a DCSD employee” of 25 years but felt the district “had become a place I no longer recognized.” Teachers were leaving and “the community's voice and values had been squelched,” he wrote.

Since his election and others' election, the district has made what Ray called progress, naming the superintendent search and the passage of a bond and mill levy override as examples.

“And this is the reason, after much deliberation, prayer and reflection, I have decided to run for a second term," he wrote in a Facebook post. "I believe the district is very close to reclaiming its reputation as the very best place for every child to grow, learn and become successful young adults. I want to continue doing my part to ensure that this happens."

Running in District C is Franceen Thompson and Andy Jones will challenge Meek in District A. The board election will be held Nov. 5.


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