Supported by the AFL-CIO, close political ally of recalled Democrat Senator Angela Giron and endorsed by Progressive Majority. Those are three traits the average political observer wouldn’t assign to a winning candidate in the Republican heartland of Douglas County.

Not Ronda Scholting, however. The school board candidate and liberal activist has a plan. She’ll claim she’s nonpartisan.

Scholting, a registered Democrat, is running for Douglas County school board in a union-backed slate along with Bill Hodges, Barbra Chase and Julie Keim.

In an effort to downplay the slate’s liberalism all four candidates are trying to avoid partisan labels.

But that’s a tough sell with folks like Scholting on the slate, who sticks out like a sore thumb among the Jimmy Hoffa acolytes.

A quick perusal of her donation records shows that Scholting’s largest political donation of her career was a max-out donation of $400 to recalled Senator Angela Giron when she first ran for office. Giron returned the favor, giving Scholting $100 when Scholting ran for the Parker Fire District last year.

Let’s just say an anti-gun politician who was thrown from office deep in Democratic Pueblo will not be a helpful ally in Douglas County.

Adding fuel to the left-wing fire, Scholting also carries the endorsement of two major left wing groups – Progressive Majority and the Network for Public Education (NPE).

NPE, education observers might recall, is the group founded by Diane Ravitch — a woman Democratic Congressman Jared Polis called an “evil woman who is doing such harm to public education.”

If that wasn’t enough to sink Scholting and her fellow left-wing extremists, the four candidate slate is being backed by the AFL-CIO affiliated Douglas County Federation of Teachers.

With that kind of record, we too would probably downplay our political past in Douglas County. We just wouldn’t expect it to work.

UPDATE: Also notable is the fact that Scholting has picked a fight with conservative radio host Mike Rosen on 850KOA, doctoring a Rosen interview with her opponent to make it seem like her opponent was attacking mothers in the county. After intense criticism, Scholting pulled down the doctored clip. But not before making an enemy of a conservative metro-area media powerhouse.