GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Five members represent School District 51 from five different districts.

In the District C race, Austin DeWitt, Trish Mahre, and Andrea Haitz are competing for the top spot.

The Redlands Rotary Club hosted a debate at The Venue at Fishers Market.

Trish Mahre, who currently sits on the school board, is also a prosecutor. She is fighting to keep her spot.

Mahre says, “for me to invest my time I feel like my investment in the school board is investing my time personally for things that I care about. Having been a product of District 51 and having raised kids in District 51 and looking out for kids I touch every day.”

She is up against Austin DeWitt, and Andrea Haitz.

Austin is a graduate of Fruita Monument High School and is running because he would like to see more hands-on opportunities for students.

Austin DeWitt says, “definitely want to bring in more field trips, especially in high school they don’t get out enough for financial literacy classes. Send them out to the community, send them to tax preppers, let them ask questions, and let them understand these terms.”

Haitz is also amongst the candidates running. She is a real estate agent, with a firm grasp on housing issues, with kids in the district.

She is also one of three school board candidates The Mesa County Republican Party made a point of endorsing, even before she made her platform known.

When an audience member asked her why she ran on a conservative slate for a non-political position, Haitz admitted she and the other two candidates that the Republican Party endorsed have matching conservative platforms though the school board is not political.

Haitz says, “it ended up kind of morphing into this block. I would have to say that I do my ideals probably align with obviously Will Jones and Angela Lema.”

KREX 5 will look more into this point of contention, next week and what it could mean for the race.

For more information on all the candidates running for school board in School District 51, visit