Adams 12 Five Star Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Adams 12 Five Star Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Adams County, Colorado ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Colorado
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Two seats on the school board for Adams 12 Five Star Schools were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Kathy Plomer defeated Joshua Bastian, Debbie Christensen and David Elliott for the District 3 seat. The District 4 seat will be filled by the board within 60 days of the election due to the disqualification of challenger Amy Speers. Speers was ruled ineligible on October 29, 2013 because she lives outside of District 4 but her name remained on the ballot as disqualification took place after ballots were printed. She won more votes than incumbent Rico Figueroa in the general election.[1]

About the district

See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado. The county seat of Adams County is Brighton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Adams County is home to 459,598 residents.[2]

Demographics

Adams County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Adams County was $56,089 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Adams County was 14.0% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 20.7% of Adams County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Adams County (%) State (%)
White 87.4 88.1
Black or African American 3.5 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.6
Asian 3.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.8 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 38.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 96,016 37.65
Democratic 91,925 36.04
Republican 64,406 25.25
Libertarian 1,665 0.65
American Constitution 599 0.23
Green 440 0.18

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Adams 12 School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected by a different geographic district to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Two seats were on the ballot in 2013.[5]

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.[6]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Kathy Plomer
    • Graduate, University of Michigan
    • Public health specialist, Tri-County Health Department

  • Rico Figueroa
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, The Masters College
    • Program manager, The Center for Relationship Education
  • Amy Speers
    • Graduate, Emory University
    • School nurse
    • Disqualified on October 29, 2013

Election results

Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Plomer 38% 11,361
     Nonpartisan Debbie Christensen 37.9% 11,333
     Nonpartisan David Elliott 14% 4,183
     Nonpartisan Joshua Bastian 10% 2,993
Total Votes 29,870
Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Speers 63.6% 19,180
     Nonpartisan Rico Figueroa Incumbent 36.4% 10,971
Total Votes 30,151
Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013

Endorsements

Kathy Plomer received an endorsement from Dr. Frederick J. Schaefer, who was the previous board member for District 3. She also received endorsements from the Citizen’s Coalition 4 Children’s Success, the District Twelve Teachers Association and Colorado Representatives Joe Salazar, Dianne Primavera and Cherylin Peniston.[7] Debbie Christensen received endorsements for her campaign from Adams 12 Board President Mark Clark, Thornton City Mayor Heidi Williams, Westminster City Councilmen Bob Briggs and Herb Atchison, Adams County Treasurer Brigitte Grimm and Commissioner Erik Hansen.[8]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $17,777.41 and spent a total of $13,753.94 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[9]

In the District 3 race, candidates received a total of $10,234.00 and spent a total of $8,234.65.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Joshua Bastian $1,470.00 $1,451.86 $18.14
Debbie Christensen $0.00 $464.20 -$464.20
David Elliott $0.00 $81.42 -$81.42
Kathy Plomer $5,975.00 $3,916.96 $2,058.04

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $7,543.41 and spent a total of $5,519.29.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Rico Figueroa $3,103.62 $3,103.62 $0.00
Amy Speers $4,349.79 $2,415.67 $1,934.12

Past elections

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were at stake in this election. Incumbent Rico Figueroa ran unopposed to keep his District 4 seat after challenger Amy Speers was deemed ineligible to run due to her residency outside of the district, while in District 3, the retirement of current board member Dr. Frederick J. Schaefer left the seat open to newcomers Joshua Bastian, Debbie Christensen, David Elliott and Kathy Plomer. On November 5, the Colorado Secretary of State issued a rule stating that votes for disqualified candidates cannot be reported, which includes Speers.[10]

Issues

Financial activities report

In February 2013, it was reported by Fox 31 Denver that officials in Adams 12 Five Star Schools may have been "hiding" millions of dollars while cutting student services.[11] The allegations arose after former district internal auditor Gina Holub went public with claims that school Chief Financial Officer Shelley Becker was intentionally misleading board members about district finances. Fox 31 labelled Holub a "whistleblower" while Adams 12 superintendent Christopher Gdowski labelled her a "disgruntled former employee" in a letter to members of the community.[12] A team was hired by the district to prepare a report on the financial activities of the administration. Once the report was released, board members commented that the report effectively vindicated the administration of any wrongdoing. Fox 31 reported, "Professor Jim Sorensen, a CPA, Ph.D. and an expert in forensic accounting, certainly disagrees. 'The president needs to re-read the report because the report says quite the opposite,' said Sorensen."[13]

In late March, the president of the CEA state teachers union sent a letter to the Governor, requesting that the state investigate the district. Despite the actions by the union, at the February 6 school board meeting, a large group of teachers and other District 12 employees gave superintendent Chris Gdowski a standing ovation.[14] On February 11, 2013, Holub filed a federal lawsuit against the district, Chris Gdowski, Shelley Becker and Mark Hinson, who is the assistant superintendent of human resources.[15]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Adams 12 Five Star Schools election in 2013:[6]

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.

See also

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