Jeffco School Board Candidate Won’t Say if She Actually Lives in the County

Jeffco School Board candidate Regan Benson may not live anywhere near the district.

Jeffco School Board candidate Regan Benson may not live anywhere near the district.

There was an interesting story in the Columbine Courier on Wednesday that you definitely need to read — particularly if you are a Jefferson County Voter.

Republican Regan Benson is running for a seat on the Jefferson County School Board in District 5. If School Board President Ken Witt is forced out in the recall election, Benson could end up being his replacement in District 5. This could lead to even more drama in Jeffco School Board politics, because it appears likely that Benson actually lives about 150 miles away — in Akron, Colorado. 

As Doug Bell reports for the Courier:

Benson has not directly responded to repeated questions about whether she lives in Jefferson County. She told Evergreen Newspapers in 2012 that her family had moved to Akron, a town in eastern Colorado, in part because of dissatisfaction with the Jeffco school district. Since declaring her candidacy, however, Benson has said only that she is still a registered Jeffco voter in District 5.

“I don’t believe it prudent to the issues of running for a local school board position to publish my address,” Benson said. [Pols emphasis]

Beth Clippinger, assistant to Jeffco Clerk Faye Griffin, said state statute requires school board candidates to be registered voters for 12 consecutive months before the election, and that Benson registered as a Jeffco voter in November 2013.

Regan Benson could have one hell of a commute if she is elected to the Jeffco School Board.

Regan Benson could have one hell of a commute if she is elected to the Jeffco School Board.

It may not be particularly relevant to publish Benson’s exact address(es), but it is certainly worth noting if she doesn’t live anywhere near Jefferson County, which appears likely. Benson apparently answered questions from the Columbine Courier via email — the story notes that she declined a telephone interview — and says that she decided to run for Jeffco School Board even though she opposes the recall effort.

While we can’t say for sure where Benson might rest her head at night, voter registration information is a matter of public record and fairly easy to check. Benson is a registered Jefferson County voter with an address in Morrison (Willow Springs), but her voter registration record also lists an address in Akron, Colorado — about 150 miles to the east. When there are two separate residences listed for a particular voter, it usually means that the second address is the destination for mail ballots.

Benson probably collects her mail ballot in Akron, and she refuses to say if she actually lives in Jefferson County, which is a weird thing to do if she really does live in Jeffco — what would be the point of dodging that question otherwise? And then there’s this:

Benson, who said she has never before run for office, said all three of her sons have in the past attended Jeffco schools, although her youngest son now attends school in another district.

The law doesn’t mandate that Benson actually live in Jefferson County so long as her voter registration is there, but why would you want to run for a school board position in an area that is 150 miles from your home? Jeffco has seen Republican candidates for school board in prior years who home-school their children, so it wouldn’t be new for someone to seek a Board spot with no obvious connection to the school district. But this — well, we’ve got to admit that we’ve never seen this before.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profile/ReganBenson

    "Regan Benson
    Female
    Akron, CO
    United States"

    http://coloradovoters.info/by_number/0042/64698_regan_m_benson.html

    "16633 GOLDEN ROD LN
    CITY:MORRISON
    ZIP_CODE:80465

    481 ADAMS AVE
    CITY:AKRON
    ZIP_CODE:80720"

    http://jeffco.us/ats/displaygeneral.do?sch=412121

    16633 Golden Rod is owned by Randall and Kori White who appear to live there.

    http://64.234.218.210/cgi-bin/co_washington_display.cgi?KEY=92002006001

    481 Adams is owned by Justin and Christina Betz who appear not to live there.

    • Socialisticat says:

      Interesting.

      What appears to have been her property in Jeffco (which is not the Golden Rod Ln property, it's in a subdivision in Littleton) seems to have been foreclosed on right around the time of her voter registration.

       

      • Socialisticat says:

        So, I went back to make sure I had the right link and the server has died (all of #standup4kids accessing?).  That's the Assessor's link to the property history.  Here's the relevants from the Clerk & Recorder.  The notice of election and demand is the foreclosure action from the lender, I believe.

  2. JeffcoBlue says:

    Benson is a proud member of the Teabagger whacktivist set.

  3. FrankUnderwood says:

    So their plan is to replace one wacko who actually lives in the school district with another wacko who lives in Akron? That's brilliant strategy. Tell me, if elected, will she get mileage reimbursement to and from home to attend school board meetings in Jeffco?

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    The good news is that, undoubtedly, Caldara will still be able to vote for her from his home in Colorado Springs …

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