Denver teachers union endorses 4 for DPS board election

The Denver teachers union has endorsed its final candidate in November’s school board race: Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán, who is running to represent southwest Denver.

Gaytán is a Denver Public Schools graduate and current parent, and works as a realtor. She previously ran for the school board in 2017 but lost to Angela Cobián, who is not running for reelection. Karolina Villagrana is her opponent this year.

In addition to Gaytán, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association endorsed Carrie Olson, the current board president who is seeking reelection in central-east Denver; Michelle Quattlebaum, who is running to represent northeast Denver, and Scott Esserman, who is running for a citywide at-large seat.

Fourteen candidates are running for four seats on the seven-member school board in the Nov. 2 election. Denver school board races are often hotly contested, and campaign spending has skyrocketed in recent years. The 2019 election saw more than $2 million in spending with nine candidates running for three seats.

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