Aaron Simpson (Colorado)
|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Harrison School District Two, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of North Texas|
Simpson has his Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of North Texas. After 9/11, Simpson joined the military and completed two tours of duty in the Korean Peninsula and Iraqi Operations. Currently, Simpson is a retired veteran working to complete a Master in Aerospace Science with the future aspiration of completing a law degree.
Simpson ran against four fellow challengers on November 5, 2013.
|Harrison School District Two, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Joyce L. Leigh||24.5%||3,213|
|Nonpartisan||Doriena S. Longmire||22.7%||2,986|
|Nonpartisan||Steven R. Seibert||18.8%||2,471|
|Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013|
Simpson did not receive any endorsements.
Simpson stated the following in an interview with The Gazette:
What major challenges face your school district and how would you solve them, aside from additional funding?
With budget constraints in place, what areas would you concentrate on?
This year, voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 66, which would raise $950 million in additional taxes for education. If the amendment passes, how should the money be allocated in your district?
Why don't most districts get beyond 70 percent student proficiency on state assessments?
What was at stake?
Current member Eileen Lynch Gonzalez sought re-election to the board to continue the term she was appointed to earlier this year when Keith Varney vacated his seat. Incumbents Deborah Hendrix, Richard Price and Linda Pugh were ineligible to run for additional terms because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of any [...] school district [...] shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."
About the district
- See also: Harrison School District Two, Colorado
Colorado Springs lagged behind state averages for median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010. The average household income in Colorado Springs was $53,747 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Colorado Springs was 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 36.1% of Colorado Springs residents aged 25 years and older earned a Bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Harrison School District Two, "Aaron Simpson," accessed October 31, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- The Gazette, "Aaron Simpson," accessed October 31, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Colorado Springs, accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 28, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014