Letter from the Chair, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

Dear Fellow Republicans,                              

Registered voters in Elbert County have received ballots for the 2017 election.  There are a number of local school board elections.  Shown below are recommendations on the Republican candidates in each one.    

Party affiliation provides the clearest indication of a candidate’s values on fiscal accountability and the role of government.  Republican’s uphold the constitutional government that has made America the beacon of liberty and opportunity for mankind.  School choice, empowered parents, and respected teachers are critical, and values supported by Republicans.  Party affiliation helps us understand the approach to governing that the candidates will have if elected. 

Republicans oppose a Federal government imposed one-size-fits-all approach to education and support a broad range of choices for parents and children at the state and local level.  Republicans reject the imposition of national standards and assessments, encourage the parents and educators who are implementing alternatives to Common Core. 

School boards in our state, unfortunately, don’t list partisan affiliations for the candidates. It lets liberals and teacher unions win by stealth.  Here are the Republican (pro-freedom, pro-school choice, pro-3Rs, pro-America) contenders in our Elbert County communities.


Douglas County Schools (NW)

  • Ryan Abresch
  • Randy Mills
  • Grant Nelson
  • Debora Scheffel

Elizabeth Schools

  • Carol Hinds
  • Cary Karcher
  • Paul Benkendorf

Big Sandy Schools (Simla area)

  • Chad Maranville

Agate Schools

  • Jennifer Bracht
  • Doug Purdy

Limon Schools

  • Craig Bailey
  • J. Troy Jaklich
  • James Gillis
  • Theron Perry

Peyton Schools

  • Jim Eckelberry
  • Julie Mannering


Democrats and the media, with their “progressive” preference for government by expertise, elitism, and emotionalism, find parties inconvenient for all the same reasons that conservatives find them valuable.  
The left prefers the murky shadows of nonpartisanship to the sharp clarity of R versus D, brakes versus accelerator.  Don’t be fooled. They want you off guard for easier access to your wallet.

Mark your ballot thoughtfully and return it early and so it is returned NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 7. 


Tom Peterson

Chairman, Elbert County Republicans

[email protected]  (303) 229-6710

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