Beth Niznik wins BVSD school board seat

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Beth Niznik beat two opponents to win a seat on the Boulder Valley school board, based on unofficial election results updated at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Beth Niznik.

Niznik had 42% of the vote, Deann Bucher had 39% and Kara Frost had 19%, based on results from Boulder, Broomfield and Gilpin counties. Niznik replaces incumbent Donna Miers, who didn’t run for reelection after serving a four-year term, in District E.

Niznik said she connected with as many people as she could in the district’s communities during her campaign, finding their stories and commitment to public education inspiring.

“I’m just filled with absolute gratitude and feeling really humbled,” she said about winning the support of voters.

She is a special education regional facilitator at the Colorado Department of Education and has a daughter in first grade at Eisenhower Elementary. She said she plans to use her conflict mediation skills as the board addresses divisive topics.

“I really mean that we’re all in this together,” she said.

She said she’s also looking forward to moving beyond talking about the response to COVID-19 and addressing other pressing issues, including declining enrollment and staff shortages.

Bucher, who was endorsed by the Boulder Valley Education Association, is a retired social studies teacher who left Monarch High in spring 2020 and is now working part time as an instructor at Brightmont Academy in Broomfield.

Frost most recently was an instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder. During the campaign, she said she was falsely accused of being connected to the ongoing recall attempt of three school board members whose seats weren’t up this election.

In this election, Nicole Rajpal also handily beat opponent William Hamilton 75% to 25% to win Boulder Valley’s District B school board seat, while incumbent Kitty Sargent ran unopposed in District F.

In the St. Vrain Valley School District, Sarah Hurianek won the District F seat with 57% of the vote, while opponent Natalie Abshier had 43%. Two other candidates ran unopposed, Meosha Brooks in District D and incumbent Karen Ragland in District B.

Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school board members represent different geographic areas, but are elected by voters in the entire district. Board members, who serve four-year terms, are unpaid.