Union-Backed DougCo School Board Candidate Eating Up District Resources

October 22, 2013
Political observers are quick to argue that Keim’s complaint has little merit and is nothing more than a last-minute attempt to rattle cages before election day

Critics argue that Keim’s complaint has little merit and is nothing more than a last-minute attempt to rattle cages before election day

DENVER – After an embarrassing run-in with a Revealing Politics blogger, AFL-CIO backed school board candidate Julie Keim (Larkspur) is making a last-ditch effort to rile up Douglas County liberals for her school board candidacy.

In a complaint to the Colorado Secretary of State dated October 17, a letter alleges that the Douglas County School District officials were in contact, via email, with “political groups and individuals currently engaged in the DCSD school board race.”

According to the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), local government entities, including school districts, are not allowed to make contributions to people running for office.

Keim said that the exchanges between “cabinet level personnel AND these political groups and individuals… [are] evidence of DCSD’s use of district resources” such as “personnel and computer systems.”

“Douglas County School District (“DCSD”) has violated the FCPA by using district resources to support a slate of candidates running for Douglas County School Board,” according to the filing.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, campaign finance claims such as Keim’s are sent to an administrative law judge, and then referred back to the Secretary of State for a final decision.

The DougCo school district filed a response to the complaint through an attorney, providing evidence that they did in fact respond to all of Keim’s requests.

Critics argue that Keim’s complaint has little merit and is nothing more than a last-minute attempt to rattle cages before election day.

Apparently, Keim has spent a significant portion of her time submitting multiple complaints as her candidacy nears its end.

According to Kevin Larsen, Vice President of the Douglas County Board of Education, the filing is “a patently frivolous political stunt masquerading as a complaint.”

“Ms. Keim expects district staff to spend their days as her personal research team rather than having them focus on the business of educating more than 65,000 students. Over the last 14 days, Ms. Keim has submitted 39 separate questions and open records requests,” continued Larsen.

According to Larsen’s statement through an email exchange, the district responded to all of Keim’s requests.

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7 Responses to Union-Backed DougCo School Board Candidate Eating Up District Resources

  1. Bob Terry
    October 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Julie Keim..Larkspur (D)…lol Okay she’s a Perry Park money gal.. and gonna tell us how Douglas County will work…Well rattle the cage dolly..get yer hair done too.

    Let’s pull out the stops ..What about 3 Douglas County High Schools in the Top percent…but hey it’s about our pathetic teachers that need Union Help to keep their jobs ..Unfortunately..the Union protects and defends the horrid the bad..and ( Uck) the good teachers …All in the same fetid pool..like myself…Good, Bad and the Ugly in the railroad industry..Like am old head quoted…”I get paid just as them good engineers”..really we paying taxes ect for poor quality, just because I am union, and don’t give a shit” teachers??? Well not my funding…sorry..I expect Top Notch..ready to work..and keep your garbage private..NO AGENDA…educate..don’t take away from the kids you say you respect and will advocate to teach to

  2. Middle Kid
    October 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Let’s give her the benefit of a doubt. If she wasn’t doing this to waste everyone’s time it means she has a complete and utter lack of understanding of what is going on. Maybe she should have spent more time listening in on Board Meetings more than “just a couple of times” – a definition she used when asked how many board meetings she attended.

    • Bob Terry
      October 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Right on Middle Kid..I was too harsh..
      She took the School Board test

      a) I wasn’t there but they are Bad people and hate our Kids

      b) Well the agenda wasn’t in my interest and didn’t go my way

      c) A couple of times …what difference does that make ..Plus if I wasn’t there
      how the hell would you know anyway

      d) Rhonda Sholting showed me how to make my position seem palatable.

      E) XXX all the above because you really really love me and I will be so good for you and I’ll raise taxes and Mil Levies as well…psst its for the Children

  3. Julie Keim
    October 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This complaint is with merit and a hearing is being scheduled. As a taxpayer and an involved parent in this school district, I know more than most and I know that the district has not released information requested through a CORA request more than two weeks ago. Typically, a request is to be honored in three days. I am personally paying for the time to pull this information, even though these requests were made after the superintendent encouraged the candidates to seek information so that there was a level playing field among all candidates. The district offered to hire temporary staff to fulfill my requests, but chose not to, so they could continue to delay my request for public records. Kevin Larsen and the district should not be concerned about what is revealed, if there is nothing to hide.

    • Bob Terry
      October 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      I am too a Douglas County Taxpayer…and after Living in Arapahoe County 79-92 Naperville Illinois(De Page County) 92-97..Southlake Tx (DFW area Tarrant County)97- 2001 and now Douglas County Highlands Ranch 2001 to present.. I know high taxes and Mil levies etc..and it sickens me to see my dollars wasted. I have a jaundiced eye due to I’ll promise ya that and yer getting this politics. QWhat I have seen with the current board is results … Unfortunately Denver, Adams, and parts of Arapahoe cannot make that claim and they are Unionized.. If the teachers want to belong to a Union so bet it…But!!! Why does the taxpayer HAVE to pay for those on Union Business ? and not teach?? I was a Union Member 40 years and a Local Chairman for B of LET Div 256 and if I had to mark off on union business..no pay..and if I wanted paid for time lost the memebers paid for it. Whats wrong Ms Kiem..for paying those teachers that excel …show results??? and we look the other way at the bad apples …

      If the complaint has merit the facts will come out..but when it comes down to law and suits etc…like pulling donkeys teeth, till it is forced to be revealed … Again both sides have their positions..the opposing side has shown mistrust..doctoring of interviews on another candidate…yeah that too doesn’t speak well…Amendment 66 where do you stand there…a lot is going to PERA..that’s a good deal for the PERA folks..I also don’t buy the if 5 million won’t fix it 10 million will or more!! Where does all that money for the kids go ? You may or may not be right …the current district may not be right as well … but the voters will decide …and IF YOU’RE SUCCESSFULL…AND THINK ITS HOT NOW!! …wait till can’t deliver as you so advocate … School is so much different now…to much agenda and politics .. I learned from the Three R’s and a Dick and Jane Primer…we have kids that cant read, write, or pass a test..and those that do..need remedial education in college..Really. You have a full slate Ms Keim … The teachers Union needs to put up or shut up…and at Taxpayer expense of course…As a dumb old retired railroad man…I wish I had it that easy

    • Jason Phillips
      October 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

      I would have thought as someone who “know[s] more than most” Julie would have been paying attention prior to getting embarrassed at the candidate debates and learned about how our school district operates prior to announcing her candidacy. It is apparent now that she really doesn’t know anything, so all previous statements must be invalid as she had no information.

      You campaign manager Susan Meek tried a similar trick two years ago, and it didn’t sit well with the voters.


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