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Third-generation Colorado Springs native Charles Bobbitt graduated from District 11 schools and sent his two children through the district as well. A founding member of the Wasson High School Alumni Association, he has served on several district committees and says he has visited every school in D-11.
Bobbitt, along with Shakes replacement candidate Janet Tanner, has been endorsed by Citizens for Quality Public Education, an offshoot of the End the D11 Chaos recall group. The pair also has the support of the teachers' union. Bobbitt has raised $1,000 for his personal campaign so far and hopes to garner between $6,000 and $10,000 by the end of his run.
Bobbitt, who works as an insurance salesman, hopes to improve D-11's reputation, noting how quality schools affect property values.
"School districts are a pride thing for most people," he says, adding that he has a problem with the negativity on the board. "To me, it's like someone badmouthing the Broncos and being on the board of the Broncos."
Bobbitt says he would not support a voucher system in the district.
"I'm a huge supporter of neighborhood schools."