AURORA | More than a week after Election Day, Democrat Rebecca McClellan has won a contested race to represent Aurora’s 6th Congressional District on the Colorado State Board of Education.
The former Centennial city councilwoman topped Republican incumbent Debora Scheffel by about 1,300 votes. There were about 358,000 total votes cast in the race.
To trigger a recount, the two candidates would have needed to be separated by a margin less than or equal to one-half of 1 percent of the victor’s final tally, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
McClellan claimed victory late in the afternoon Nov. 18.
“I’m honored that the voters of CD 6 have decided to have me represent them on the Colorado Board of Education,” she said in a statement. “As a public school parent, I will put our children’s education first. I’m proud that my campaign reflected a broad coalition of Coloradans who came together to support positive change. I am hopeful we will avoid a recount as my lead has continued according to todays results.”
After reviewing vote counts over the weekend, Scheffel officially conceded to McClellan Monday afternoon.
“I was honored to serve for six years and I know the board will continue to do great work,” Scheffel said.
Pundits note that the win moves the majority of state school board back to the political left for the first time in several decades.
McClellan served on the Centennial city council from 2006 to 2014.