English, Williams to join D-2 board
District forgoes election, declares winners by acclamation
A pair of new faces will be joining the Harrison School District 2 (D-2) Board of Education in November. Voters in Colorado Springs School District 11, on the other hand, will be asked which candidates of eight hopefuls should fill four seats on its board of directors.
Regina English and Corey Williams will each serve four-year terms on the D-2 board, after being declared winners by acclamation Sept. 5. Five would-be candidates requested petitions to be considered for the Nov. 5 ballot, but only English and Williams returned the completed packets, said district Elections Official Norma Arrambide.
Because there were just two candidates vying for two seats, the board opted to essentially cancel the election and absorb English and Williams as the newest members. The same thing happened in 2015, the last time the positions were up for grabs.
“We have two very qualified candidates,” Arrambide said. “We did have interest, we did think we were going to have an election.”
English and Williams are expected to take their oaths of office in early November. They will fill positions currently held by Kelley Pomis and Keith Varney.
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The new additions
English is a well-known youth advocate and mentor in Southeast Colorado Springs. She is the founder of the Southeast nonprofit Be You – Be U[CQ] and owner and founder of a pageant system called My African American Miss LLC (or Yes, M.A.A.M). Through that organization, she mentors young women of color, emphasizing public speaking, poise, communication and civic engagement.
She sits on the African American Youth Leadership Conference board of directors, is a RISE Coalition resident leader and is a graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak Women’s Community Leadership Initiative class of 2019. She earned her master’s degree in public administration earlier this year from the University of Phoenix.
English made a bid in April for one of three at-large seats on the Colorado Springs City Council, finishing seventh in a crowded field of 11 hopefuls. The Board of Education will be her first elected office.
Williams is a separated Army sergeant who has roots in Georgia but whose time at Fort Carson led him to make Colorado Springs home. The 28-year-old first-time officeholder said he wanted to give back to the Southeast community he has come to love. He was a youth mentor in Savannah, Georgia, before being stationed in the Springs.
Williams is finishing his bachelor’s degree in accounting at National American University, and he said he is eager to apply his knowledge to overseeing the district’s budget and $180 million bond for capital improvement.
In Colorado Springs School District 11, eight hopefuls, including one incumbent and one resident of Southeast Colorado Springs, are vying for four, four-year terms on the board of directors. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Mary Coleman, Darleen Daniels, Jason Jorgenson, Parth Melpakam, Vincent Puzick, Conner Sargent, Joseph Shelton and Chris Wallis. Shelton is the only candidate from Southeast.
The board consists of seven members, and seats currently up for grabs are held by Elaine Naleski, Theresa Null, Coleman and Nora Brown. Naleski and Brown are both completing their second terms and are limited under state law.
For more information on the candidates, visit d11.org/Page/12071.