Academy School District 20 elections (2013)

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2013 Academy School District 20 Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Academy School District 20
El Paso County, Colorado ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Colorado
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Three seats on the school board for Academy School District 20 were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Linda Van Matre and Catherine Bullock and newcomer Larry Norman Borland defeated Andrea Van Nort and Shannon Mendes to win the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Academy School District 20, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves the northern portion of Colorado Springs. The county seat of El Paso County is Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 US Census, El Paso County is home to 644,964 residents.[1]


El Paso County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of median income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.3 88.3
Black or African American 6.7 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 2.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.4 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 15.4 20.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 171,858 41.57
Unaffiliated 145,540 35.21
Democratic 90,772 21.96
Libertarian 3,255 0.79
American Constitution 1,040 0.25
Green 928 0.22

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Academy School District 20 School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected at-large by the district as a whole to four-year terms. There was no primary election, and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats were on the ballot in 2013.[4]

Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on August 7, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was August 30, and the filing deadline to serve as a write-in candidate was September 3.[5]





  • Linda Van Matre
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Denver
    • Fitness instructor, Briargate Family YMCA
  • Shannon Mendes
    • Graduate, Meadows College
    • Professional development manager, Aventa Credit Union

  • Andrea Van Nort
    • Doctorate, Université Blaise Pascal
    • Associate professor, U.S. Air Force Academy

Election results

Academy School District 20, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Bullock Incumbent 24% 12,019
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Van Matre Incumbent 23.2% 11,642
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Norman Borland 23.1% 11,576
     Nonpartisan Andrea Van Nort 18.6% 9,305
     Nonpartisan Shannon Mendes 11.2% 5,604
Total Votes 50,146
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013


Linda Van Matre received endorsements from former board member Elizabeth Anderson, the Housing & Building Association and the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors.[6] Catherine Bullock received endorsements from state Board of Education Chairman Paul Lundeen, United States Representative Doug Lamborn, Colorado State Representative Amy Stephens, El Paso County Commissioners Darryl Glenn and Peggy Littleton, the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors and the Home Builders Association.[7] Van Matre, Bullock and Larry Norman Borland all received endorsements from the Colorado Springs Independent.[8]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $3,915.00 and spent a total of $6,982.88 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[9]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Larry Norman Borland $0.00 $1,063.50 -$1,063.50
Catherine Bullock $1,470.00 $865.00 $605.00
Shannon Mendes $0.00 $851.64 -$851.64
Linda Van Matre $2,445.00 $1,401.89 $1,043.11
Andrea Van Nort $0.00 $2,800.85 -$2,800.85

Past elections

What was at stake?

Three seats, including those of the board president, vice president and treasurer were at stake. Doug Lundberg, who served as the vice president of the board, was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."[4] Incumbents Linda Van Matre and Catherine Bullock ran for re-election against challengers Shannon Mendes, Larry Norman Borland and Andrea Van Nort.[10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Academy School District 20 election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
August 7, 2013 Last day for nominating petitions to be made available to candidates
August 30, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
September 3, 2013 Last day to file as a write-in candidate
October 15, 2013 Candidates must file first Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures
November 1, 2013 Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures
November 5, 2013 General election
December 5, 2013 Candidates must file third Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with two statewide measures. Voters decided on a ballot measure dealing with excise taxes and sales taxes on marijuana sales in Colorado, which passed. They also voted to reject Amendment 66, which was an initiated constitutional amendment to raise the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts.

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