Fellman won’t seek re-election to school board

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By Gabrielle Porter

Jeffco school board member Jill Fellman has decided not to run for re-election this fall, saying she wants to make her family a priority.

Fellman, a former teacher who was elected to the board in November 2011, is one of the board’s two liberal members. She has often been at odds with the board’s conservative majority, a fact she referenced on Facebook when announcing her decision Monday. 

“I was never a politician, nor did I want to be one,” Fellman said in the post, which she provided to the High Timber Times on Monday afternoon. “My goals have been focused on providing our children with the highest quality education in every part of Jefferson County, by working within the board’s established policies, and by practicing collaboration, respect, strong fiscal management, accountability, transparency and long-range planning.

“I’ve also tried to promote compromise, because in a district this diverse, we often have differences of opinion. Sadly, the board’s current leadership neither shares these goals nor pursues these practices. Consequently, I believe the board has failed to focus on what is best for our children’s education.”

Fellman, who has had health issues in recent months, said she will continue as a board member through the end of her term in November. Fellman is the representative for District 3, which includes parts of Lakewood and Arvada.

Arvada resident Kim Johnson has announced her candidacy for Fellman’s seat.

Lesley Dahlkemper, the school board’s other liberal member, announced in May that she also will not seek re-election to a second term.

Jeffco parents last week launched an effort to recall the board’s three conservative members, Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams, who are not up for re-election this year.