Douglas County School Board member resigns
Douglas County School Board Member Justin Williams stepped down from his post Jan. 6, saying he wants to fulfill a new year's resolution to spend more time with his family.
Williams had filed with the Colorado Secretary of State as a candidate for House District 44, but said he is not moving forward with that effort.
"I am in the process of withdrawing my filing to run for that seat," he wrote in an email. "I am not running. I need to be a dad, something I have some room for improvement in."
The seat presently is held by Chris Holbert, who is running for the District 30 Senate seat.
In a news release issued by the Douglas County School District, Williams said, "I have served on the board for over six years and have really enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful school district with excellent people.
"It is time to spend my time focusing on my primary role as a husband and a father to my five children. I am very proud of the work we have accomplished and will always cherish it."
Williams, who represents the Parker area in District F, was first elected to the board in 2007. He was re-elected in 2011, and his second term was set to expire in November 2015.
School board president Kevin Larsen, also quoted in the email, said the process to replace Williams will begin after the board formally accepts Williams' resignation during its Jan. 21 meeting.
"Our first priority is to thank Justin for his service, his passion, and his unwavering commitment to DCSD," wrote Larsen. "We regret that he will be unable to complete his term.
"At our next meeting, the board will discuss a resolution to outline the process for replacing director Williams. I expect that we will set forth a process that includes an application and interview."
Williams, an executive with the Denver branch of the technology company Long View Systems, did not return calls requesting further comment.
Douglas County Commissioner Jack Hilbert also has filed as a candidate for House District 44.