98°F
weather icon Clear

1 incumbent, 3 fresh faces leading in CCSD board races

Updated June 10, 2020 - 6:48 pm

Preliminary results in the race for the Clark County School District Board of Trustees show incumbent Lola Brooks, Lisa Guzman, Katie Williams and Barbara Dreyer emerging as the front-runners for the four seats up for election.

The figures, released early Wednesday, will be updated as additional ballots are counted, with final, unofficial results expected Tuesday. Unless a candidate receives a majority of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November.

Of the school board’s four seats up for election, three are open due to the incumbents facing term limits.

District E

In District E in the Summerlin area, board President Lola Brooks took the lead over six challengers, with 21.77 percent of the vote. Her nearest challengers are Christopher Craig, with 15.66 percent, and Alexis Salt, with 15.41 percent.

Brooks said Wednesday that she was pleased with the results and that she hopes to have the opportunity to continue to serve the community beyond the general election.

“I hope to continue advocating for education policies that focus on the needs of students and their families, while ensuring the board focuses on improving educational outcomes and closing opportunity gaps for all students,” Brooks said.

Craig, a Marine Corps veteran and entrepreneur, said that the campaign was something of a self-funded social experiment, but that if he wins in a runoff election, he intends to donate his salary to classrooms or to distinguished teachers for school supplies.

Craig added that he’d like to see a less top-heavy district that’s open to new ideas, like replacing contractors with full-time positions, or doing away with principals and vice principals and instead appointing a committee of teachers to make decisions.

“I understand what things should cost, and I think we can do better,” Craig said.

At 52 votes short of second place, Salt, a CCSD teacher, said Wednesday that her team is feeling confident about their ability to make up the difference.

“We are 52 votes down, and we feel like the late push we did this past weekend and on Monday is really going to help us,” Salt said.

Moving forward, if she is a topvote-getter, Salt said she believes the reopening of the state will allow her to talk to more voters about her plans and ideas.

District A

In District A in the Henderson area, Lisa Guzman, executive director of the Education Support Employees Association, was leading with 27.05 percent. Her nearest challenger was Liberty Leavitt, with 17.87 percent.

Guzman said Wednesday she’s grateful to her voters for affirming that she represents their voice, and moving forward, hopes to test the waters with in-person events to meet even more constituents leading up to November.

“I think my overall message is that I understand how districts work, I can read a budget, and in this time, we need someone who has experience in schools,” Guzman said. “I think that pretty much worked.”

If elected, Guzman said she believes she can help the district cultivate a better relationship with its unions, both by involving unions in major decisions, and tapping into the resources of the organizations to further district goals.

“Dr. Jara hopes to change the culture, and I could not agree more with that, but to do that, you need to have the union’s help,” she said.

Guzman said she’d also like to bring more awareness to Zoom and Victory schools as an option for parents who are most excited about magnet programs.

Leavitt did not immediately return a request for comment.

District B

In District B, which encompasses parts of northeast and northwest Las Vegas, Katie Williams was leading with 26.75 percent. Williams came under fire nationally in early March for tweets about dining out at Red Robin in response to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was urging people to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those tweets appear to have been deleted, but Williams tweeted a note of thanks to Las Vegas voters on Wednesday morning.

“It’s early. It’s an unofficial count. But the people are speaking up! They are tired of the same results! They want change!! And I’m going to give it to them!!” Williams tweeted Wednesday morning.

Williams’ campaign manager Noah Jennings said Wednesday that while there’s still several days of counting left, the lead is a very positive sign for the campaign.

“Alarm bells are going off on the left and in the union buildings, but the voters of District B have shown they are not going to continue to accept the status quo, nor should they,” Jennings said.

Jennings said he believes Williams’ earlier tweets did not become an issue for voters, despite her opponents zeroing in on them.

“Katie got down to the business of talking about what actually needs to be done,” Jennings said, adding that Williams would donate her full school board salary to the schools she represents, and meet with families and employees about what needs to be done to effect change. “This was a great race, with great voices added to the conversation. We’ll be tapping those voices in the future.”

Williams’ nearest challenger was Jeffrey Proffitt, with 17.52 percent of the vote. He said Wednesday morning that the results are still in the very early stages, with plenty of votes left to count, but that he was ultimately pleased with the result.

“I like where we’re at. That was the goal,” Proffitt said.

Proffitt said he would be focusing on a directive from Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that allows schools to reopen their facilities for summer learning and athletics. In the event of a runoff election and beyond, Proffitt said he would like to hear the perspectives of all the other candidates who ran for the seat.

“Everybody in that race is really good people, with good ideas. I want to bring those folks to the table and hear whatever reason they were running for school board,” Proffitt said. “Just because they lost this race, doesn’t mean their voice needs to go away.”

District C

In District C in North Las Vegas, former CCSD teacher Barbara Dreyer was leading with 21.81 percent. Her nearest challenger, in second place by 177 votes, was Evelyn Garcia Morales, executive director of Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas with 20.23 percent.

Dreyer said she prioritized getting information out to voters and doing virtual outreach during the primary race, and intends to do even more in the event of a run-off election.

“I’m just very pleased that people see the value of seeing a teacher on the board,” Dreyer said. “It means so much to me to have this perspective represented.”

Morales said whatever the outcome, she would “remain committed to the success of students of Southern Nevada, especially in District C.”

“Choosing to run for office requires courage, especially during a pandemic, and I’d like thank everyone who ran in all the school board races for their dedication to education,” Morales said in a statement. “There is a lot of work ahead for our community, especially around educational equity, and it’s going to take all of us.”

Contact Aleksandra Appleton at 702-383-0218 or aappleton@reviewjournal.com. Follow @aleksappleton on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Politics Videos
Trump Pushing for Reopening Schools and In-Person Learning - Video
Donald Trump launched an effort on Wednesday to reopen schools across the United States with in-person learning.
Special session to tackle $1.2B budget deficit in special session Wednesday - VIDEO
Closing the state’s $1.2 billion budget hole will be the prime focus of the upcoming special legislative session that will convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Carson City, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Steve Sisolak. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Lawmakers to tackle $1.2B budget deficit in special session Wednesday - VIDEO
Closing the state’s $1.2 billion budget hole will be the prime focus of the upcoming special legislative session that will convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Carson City, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Steve Sisolak. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County Democratic leaders resign
Several key Clark County Democratic Party leaders have resigned as progressive leadership has swelled in recent months.
Dream Big Nevada celebrates DACA ruling - VIDEO
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections under DACA for 650,000 young immigrants. Astrid Silva, founder of Dream Big Nevada, discusses the temporary victory and the next step for Dreamers.
Councilwoman Michele Fiore walks out of city council meeting - Video
Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore walks out of a City Council meeting during public comments.
Mitt Romney marches in Washington, D.C., protest - Video
On Sunday, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah joined a group of protesters marching through Washington, D.C. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada gyms, bars that do not serve food can reopen Friday - VIDEO
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday evening said Phase 2 of the state’s Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery will begin on Friday. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada Rep. Horsford admits to having affair - VIDEO
Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford admitted to having an affair with Gabriela Linder, a former intern for Sen. Harry Reid. Linder detailed her account of the affair in a podcast she called, "Mistress for Congress." (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sisolak says businesses will begin reopening under phase 1 - VIDEO
The first phase of reopening Nevada’s businesses will begin Saturday, May 9, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Joe Biden denies Tara Reade's sexual assault allegation - VIDEO
The former senate aide claims Biden assaulted her in 1993 when he was a senator. Biden first denied the accusations via a public post on Medium. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
RJ interview with Sisolak on the reopening plan for Nevada - VIDEO
The Las Vegas Review-Journal interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on the plan for reopening Nevada during the coronavirus pandemic. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sisolak reacts to Goodman CNN interview- VIDEO
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman repeated her call to immediately reopen businesses during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, leading to a reaction from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sisolak praises Nevadans for staying at home, saving lives - VIDEO
Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday it’s still too early to know when the state’s COVID-19 shutdown orders could be lifted or when businesses could start to reopen their doors. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Trump gives governors 3-phase approach to open US - VIDEO
President Donald Trump declared victory in America’s war against the “invisible enemy” as the president’s Coronavirus Task Force released “Opening up America Again” guidelines. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Trump names Jacky Rosen to task force on reopening economy - VIDEO
President Donald Trump named Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., to be a member of his Opening Up America Again Congressional Group Thursday to advise him on coronavirus policy. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president - VIDEO
On April 13, former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced his official endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Local Videos
Jara says time for debate is over on CCSD reopening plan - VIDEO
With pressure growing for the Clark County School District to modify its school reopening plan, Superintendent Jesus Jara said Tuesday that the time has come to move forward on the existing blueprint. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
RTC considers route changes as pandemic affects ridership, revenue - Video
Stung by a drop in public bus ridership because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is considering systemwide service changes. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)v
Fireworks light up Las Vegas - Video
Las Vegas celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks lighting up the entire valley. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Fireworks in the Moapa sky - Video
Fireworks explode near Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza during Fourth of July festivities in Moapa, northwest of Las Vegas, on Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Fourth of July fireworks at Plaza in downtown Las Vegas - Video
Fourth of July fireworks at the Plaza casino lit up the night sky in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday. (David Guzman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas teen shares COVID-19 story on social media - Video
Kaydee Asher speaks with the RJ about what it's like having COVID-19, how she may have contracted the virus, and how she's using her platform to tell other young people to be safe. (Renee Summerour/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas police officer Shay Mikalonis moved to spinal cord center.
Paralyzed Las Vegas police officer Shay Mikalonis was being transferred to an out-of-state medical facility Wednesday morning for treatment of a severe spinal cord injury. (Glenn Puit/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Mahagony fire timelapse
Timelapse of Mt.Charleston Mahogany fire as seen from Skye Canyon. (Andrea Leal)
Summerlin will have virtual 4th of July parade - Video
The Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade will be held virtually this year on July 4. Golden Knights players Nate Schmidt and Alec Martinez will take part. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Effort to fight illegal fireworks resumes for Fourth of July (PSAs) - Video
Law enforcement in Clark County will take part in the interagency "You Light It, We Write It” campaign to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks in the Las Vegas Valley this Fourth of July. (Clark County)
Henderson police officers test positive for COVID-19 - Video
Two officers with the Henderson Police Department received positive test results for coronavirus on June 21, 2020. The officers were assigned to the Training and Development Unit. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tech problems on DMV website cause long lines - Video
Las Vegas residents have been standing in line for hours frustrated because they can't make an appointment on the Department of Motor Vehicles website due to technical issues. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
News COVID-19 testing site opening at Texas Station - Video
The Texas Station site is operating in addition to the drive-thru testing site in the UNLV Tropicana parking garage next to the Thomas & Mack Center. Both sites are operated by Clark County and University Medical Center in partnership with the Nevada National Guard. (Renee Summerour and Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Black Lives Matter protest mural on Juneteenth - Video
Amy Van Rosen with the Good All Day Collective joins volunteers to create a Black Lives Matter protest mural on the Majestic Repertory Theatre building in downtown Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada tribal nations keep their people safe from coronavirus - Video
Tribal members at Walker River Paiute Tribe's Walker River Indian Reservation in Schurz and at Reno-Sparks Indian Colony's Hungry Valley Reservation take care of their own in the age of coronavirus. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Victims of the Alpine fire discuss life after 6 months - Video
Residents who were victims in the Alpine Apartment Fire on Dec. 21 recall what happened and some of the struggles they are facing after six months. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Family welcomes baby during pandemic in Spain - Video
Henderson native Air Force Maj. Chris Stein, stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, and his wife dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, diagnoses for COVID-19 and having an unexpected home birth for their third child. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jara to present school reopening plan to CCSD board next week - VIDEO
A much-anticipated plan for reopening doors at the Clark County School District will come before the board next week, according to Superintendent Jesus Jara.
Foster mom corrals an armful of kids at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children - Video
Tytaliayah Parker cares her five foster kids and her biological daughter at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Resident of apartment complex where fire occurred said he didn’t hear fire alarm - Video
Travis Mattsson, who has lived at Siegel Suites Las Vegas Boulevard for a year, said he didn’t hear a fire alarm in his unit. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vigil held in downtown Las Vegas - VIDEO
The Forced Trajectory Project conducted a vigil downtown on Saturday evening to honor those lost to police violence. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Volunteer drivers deliver restaurant-quality meals to those in need - Video
Graffiti Bao, a restaurant, is partnering with Delivering with Dignity to provide restaurant-quality meals to those in need. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Black Lives Matter, anti-racism rally held in Las Vegas - Video
More than 1,000 people protested peacefully in Kianga Isoke Palacio Park near Doolittle Community Center in the Historic Westside neighborhood of Las Vegas on Friday night, June 5. It was a Black Lives Matter rally and candlelight vigil for George Floyd and other black Americans who have died in confrontations with police. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Soul City WiFi Project brings free internet to Historic Westside Las Vegas - Video
Steven Williams, president of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation speaks at a press conference about the creation of a free WiFi network to help underserved communities, followed by a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Academic Excellence Awards 2020 - Video
The Las Vegas Review Journal's Academic Excellence program is designed to recognized 1st thru 12th grade students in Southern Nevada who exhibit academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership in and out of the classroom.
A motorist driving recklessly lost control of their vehicle and smashed into a house
Las Vegas police said a motorist driving recklessly lost control of their vehicle, which then smashed into a house at 401 South Torrey Pines Drive. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @reviewjournal
Las Vegas police briefing on shooting during Black Lives Matter protest
Sheriff Joe Lombardo briefs the media on shootings during the Black Lives Matter protest that left one man dead and a Metro officer in critical condition on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Areas of Red Rock Canyon reopen - Video
The BLM Southern Nevada District reopened access to areas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on June 1, 2020, including; Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive, Red Rock Overlook, Late Night Trailhead, Red Spring Boardwalk, Calico Basin and Kraft Mountain Trailheads. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rebel store looted
The manager of a Rebel gas station talks about looting at the Tropicana and Koval store over the weekend. (Glenn Puit/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Fremont Street Experience is counting down to reopening - Video
A countdown clock is running for the reopening of the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas on Friday afternoon, May 29, 2020. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Train carrying decommissioned nuclear reactor passes through Las Vegas - VIDEO
The train carrying a decommissioned nuclear reactor vessel from Southern California is passing through Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 update
Southern Nevada Health District staff conduct a video briefing to provide updates about the public health agency’s COVID-19 response in Clark County.
Neighborhood rallies behind grad amid the coronavirus lockdown
Riley Lynn Thacker's mom put a sign in their yard to congratulate her daughter completing her senior year and neighbors followed suit. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
THE LATEST