Parent and education advocate Ilana Spiegel announced Monday that she's running for the University of Colorado Board of Regents next year to represent the 6th Congressional District in east and south metro Denver.
Spiegel, a Democrat from Englewood, is running for the seat held by Republican John Carson of Highlands Ranch, who is completing his first term on the governing board for the CU system.
She ran unsuccessfully for the state Board of Education against fellow Democrat Rebecca McClellan, the former mayor pro-tem of Centennial, in 2016.
Spiegel cited the recent hiring of former Republican congressman Mark Kennedy as the CU system's president on a 5-4 party-line vote.
“We need a president for CU who reflects CU values, like opportunity, inclusivity, affordability and accessibility for everyone," Spiegel said in a statement. "Raising my family, teaching and serving the community for over two decades, I know public service is about serving the community, not special interests.”
Spiegel is a parent of four who cites her 25 years as an educator, education advocate and consultant. Her advocacy has been lauded by the Colorado Education Association award for her support for public education.
She also has received a commendation from U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, D-Aurora, and early endorsements from other fellow Democrats, including former state Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood and Rep. Janet Buckner of Aurora. She also cites an endorsement from Muslim community organizer Iman Jodeh.
"Let me be the voice for our community," Spiegel stated in her announcement. "Help me bring my grassroots experience in education to the CU Board of Regents.
"I will fight for an affordable, accessible, inclusive CU education for all Coloradans."