The Jeffco R-1 Board of Education met yesterday to discuss "board member issues," according to their posted agenda. The result was agreement that Vince Chowdhury should resign after pleading guilty to assaulting his daughter by slapping her. Chowdhury was given a one-year deferred sentence if he takes anger management and parenting classes and meets the conditions of his probation, which includes a protective order to stay away from his wife and 16 year-old daughter (the victim in the case). True to the cycle of domestic violence, Chowdhury is now contrite about his actions and asked his wife and daughter for forgiveness after yesterday's court hearing.
Even though fellow school board members endorsed Chowdhury's campaign for House District 22, they unanimously voted to ask for his resignation. Dave Thomas, Chowdhury's legal counsel for the case and fellow school board member abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest. Both Thomas and Sue Marinelli endorsed Chowdhury's House campaign. Asking Chowdhury to resign was the right thing to do for the other Jeffco school board members: Jane Barnes, Scott Benefield and Sue Marinelli.
Chowdhury hadn't yet decided if he would resign, however. Although the slapping incident happened two weeks ago, as late as last week Chowdhury was still sending out campaign emails asking for support and notifying people of recent endorsements.