Preliminary poll results show Sarah Hurianek as the clear victor in the race for St. Vrain Valley School District’s District F seat.
Votes are still being tallied, but Hurianek has maintained a steady lead over her opponent, Natalie Abshier. The most recent results give Hurianek 56.95% of the votes to Abshier’s 43.05%, according to results posted by the state of Colorado.
Hurianek watched the results come in last night at home with her husband and children, she said. Hurianek, an early childhood educator, mother and St. Vrain Valley alumna, said she ran because she missed the classroom but didn’t want to lose time with her young children. Running for the school board gave her the opportunity to get involved in the district while still being available for her family, she said.
“It was the perfect time to use my brain in a way that wasn’t so predictable,” Hurianek said. “This job comes with a lot of unpredictability and I really like that. I like working under pressure, I like working with topics I don’t always have answers to.”
The future is wide open for Hurianek as she takes her school board seat. She said she looks forward to being a voice for students, staff and parents in the district. Hurianek wants to be accessible to members of the community and to continue to meet constituents in the district and hear the issues that matter.
“I cannot express how excited I am,” Hurianek said. “I didn’t come into this race with a particular issue that I wanted to seek immediate change for. That being said, there’s always room for improvement.”
Hurianek said her campaign was purposefully quiet, with minimal use of social media. Care and thought were put into her messaging, out of respect for her family and recognition of the permanence of social media, the candidate said. She was proud and inspired by the outpouring of votes and support she received during the campaign, she stated.
Hurianek will be joined by incumbent Karen Ragland in District B and Meosha Brooks in District D, both of whom ran unopposed. School board members serve a four-year term. According to SVVSD Chief Communications Officer Kerri McDermid, election results will be certified by the counties by November 24 and the new board members will take their oath of office on December 1.Updated: Added information about when board members will take office.