All about U: An apple for Tustin Amole

Former schools spokeswoman Tustin Amole and her U.

Tustin Amole retired a year ago as the spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District, but she remains passionate about public education, as evidenced by how she decorated the wooden U she received.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the @UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

Amole, who is unaffiliated, posted the U on her Facebook page with the advice, “Vote early, vote ONCE!”

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy trails to Tustin Amole

“Tustin and I are proof that you can be on different sides of the political spectrum and remain close friends. However, I still remember the shock in her voice when she said, ‘You voted for Bill Owens?'”

Five former staffers for the Rocky Mountain News gathered this week to pay tribute to Tustin Amole. After she left the Rocky, Tustin became spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District, a job she is retiring from this month. Left to right: Kim Young, Deb Goeken, Amole, Tonia Twichell and Lynn Bartels.

My very good friend Tustin Amole retires at the end of this month as the spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District.

Gene Amole.

I was touched that the district asked me to speak at her going-away party Wednesday night, where the three superintendents she has worked for gushed about Tustin — and deservedly so.

As I said in a Facebook item I posted after the party, her late father, the famed columnist Gene Amole, must be busting his buttons in heaven.

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Tustin Amole, Woman of the Year

Harry Bull, the superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District, and Tustin Amole, the district's communications director, were named Man and Woman of the Year today by The Villager. (Peter Jones/The Villager)
Harry Bull, the superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District, and Tustin Amole, the district’s communications director, were named Man and Woman of the Year today by The Villager. (Peter Jones/The Villager)

What an honor for Tustin Amole. In what will be her last year as spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District, she has been named The Villager’s Woman of the year and her boss, Superintendent Harry Bull, has been named the Man of the Year.

The Villager announced the winners today, saying Bull “puts the ‘super’ in ‘intendent.'” It’s the latest honor for Bull, who also has been named Administrator of the Year from the Colorado High School Press Association.

Of Amole, The Villager’s Peter Jones wrote, “From winning test scores and mill levy victories to lunchroom ‘scandals’ and teachers behaving badly, Amole has strived for nearly two decades to tell the Cherry Creek story in full, even in the face of death threats and only a few obnoxious journalists.”

“As a former reporter, I was very familiar with the open-records law so I knew what had to be given up,” Amole told the newspaper in an interview. “There’s no point in stalling. People who try to stonewall the media — it always ends badly for them.”

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