While voters across the city voted down the 2E bond by a wide margin, the results in the G.E.S. community were closer than many other areas. Voters in the northern precincts rejected the bond, but voters in the more southern parts of Globeville and the RiNo Art district supported the effort. The bond’s failure leaves questions about the future of the National Western site and the stock show, which we’ll be covering in next month’s issue of The G.E.S. Gazette.
School Board results also showed some differences between the G.E.S. community and the city as a whole. While Scott Esserman won a plurality of votes to become the next At-Large member, he finished 2nd in much of G.E.S., with 4th place finisher Marla Benavides winning several precincts and Esserman winning others. Benavides also fared well on Denver’s Westside, which, like G.E.S., has a strong Latino community. Vernon Jones, who placed 2nd overall with a strong showing in Northeast Park Hill and the Far Northeast, finished 3rd across much of G.E.S.
The most notable result of the school board elections is that every member of the new board won with the backing of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (the Denver teachers’ union), which is a complete change from less than a decade ago when union-backed candidates were continually losing to opponents backed by education reform groups and education reform-minded school board members dominated the board.
Beyond those two ballot items, The G.E.S. community largely aligned with voters across the city. Maps or other data related to the election results can be found online at https://denvergov.org/electionresults.