• 9:20 p.m.: Updated numbers from Broomfield County are slowly increasing the gap between candidates Kathy Plomer and Debbie Christensen. Plomer now has 39.6 percent of votes over Christensen’s 36.4 percent of votes.

    Adams County has not updated its results.

    Plomer said she was happy results are looking good, but said the race was still far from being called.

    7:45 p.m.: In District 3, union-backed candidate Kathy Plomer is leading in the first batch of results.

    Plomer has 38.8 percent of the votes, just ahead of Debbie Christensen who has 37.1 percent of the votes.

    David Elliott has 14.3 percent of the votes. Joshua Bastian has 9.8 percent.

    Less than two hours before polls closed, the Adams 12 Five Star

    Rico Figueroa

    Rico Figueroa (Broomfield Enterprise)

    School District election went from having two contested seats to just one.

     

    An emergency ruling from the Secretary of State’s office said county clerks would not be required to count votes for a candidate who is ineligible to run in the District 4 seat where her name had been certified.

    The rule is effective immediately on a temporary basis.

    The candidate, Amy Speers, is a union-backed candidate who signed up to challenge board member Rico Figueroa in District 4. She actually lives in District 2.

    Union president, Dorian DeLong said the union wants all the votes counted.

    “We think it’s important that all the votes be counted so that the person seated on the board represents the values of the voters,” DeLong said. “It’s unfortunate the state’s top election official doesn’t want the same.”

    Amy SpeersSpeers also said late Tuesday she is unsure what will happen next, but said she believes counting the votes would have allowed the voices of the community to be heard.

    Four candidates are still in the running for a seat in district 3: Joshua Bastian, Debbie Christensen, David Elliott and Kathy Plomer.

    Thornton’s Adams 12 district has been caught for the last year in a financial dispute that started after teacher contract negotiations ended up in court. The union had refused to accept more budget cuts claiming the district was hoarding money in reserve accounts and mismanaging funds.

    The district and union did eventually agree on a contract that included pay increases for teachers.

    The union invested more than $70,00 in supporting Speers for District 4 and Plomer for District 3.

    Yesenia Robles: 303-954-1372, yrobles@denverpost.com or twitter.com/yeseniarobles

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