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Al Loma
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Candidate for
Colorado Springs City Council
At-large
PartyNonpartisan
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 7, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large
2009 - 2013
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Phoenix
Master'sMountain State University
Al Loma was a 2015 candidate for an at-large seat on the Colorado Springs, Colorado City Council.

Loma is a former member of the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education in Colorado. He was first elected to the board in 2009. Loma lost his bid for re-election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Loma earned his B.S. in Business from the University of Phoenix in 2008. He later earned a Master's degree in Leadership from Mountain State University in 2009. His professional experience includes working as a Pastor at Victory Outreach.[1][2]

Elections

2015

See also: Colorado Springs, Colorado municipal elections, 2015

The city of Colorado Springs, Colorado held elections for mayor and city council on April 7, 2015. A runoff election will take place on May 19, 2015.[3] The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 11, 2015. Four of the nine city council seats were up for election, including three at-large seats and the District 2 seat.[4]

In the at-large race, incumbent Merv Bennett and candidates Glenn Carlson, Bill Murray, Tom Strand, Vickie Tonkins and Jariah R. Walker advanced past Yolanda L. Avila, Vanessa Bowie, Jesse Brown Jr., Longinos Gonzalez Jr., Nicholas Lee, Al Loma and Joe Woyte. Those six will face off in a runoff election on a date to be determined later.[5][6] Incumbents Jan Martin and Val Snider did not run for re-election.[7]

2013

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11 elections (2013)

Opposition

Loma, Charlie Bobbitt and James Tucker lost to LuAnn Long, Jim Mason and Linda Mojer for three at-large seats on the Colorado Springs school board up for election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Colorado Springs School District 11, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLuAnn Long Incumbent 21.3% 20,601
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Mason 18.7% 18,069
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Mojer 16.7% 16,191
     Nonpartisan Charlie Bobbitt 15.2% 14,696
     Nonpartisan Al Loma Incumbent 14.3% 13,854
     Nonpartisan James Tucker 13.9% 13,434
Total Votes 96,845
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013

Funding

Loma reported no contributions or expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State[8]

Endorsements

Loma received the endorsement of the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association in 2013.[9]

2009

Loma first won election to the board on November 3, 2009 by placing third out of five candidates for three available seats.

Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Mann 30.5% 34,237
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLuAnn Long 21.9% 24,524
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAl Loma 19.2% 21,468
     Nonpartisan Chyrese Exline 14.5% 16,211
     Nonpartisan Delia Armstrong-Busby 14% 15,654
Total Votes 112,094
Source: El Paso County Clerk

Campaign themes

2013

Loma provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:[10]

Pressing issues in district

After serving these last four years, I do not believe my job is done. Teacher pay, and a drilled down evaluation system.

Anti-bullying policies

Our district has gone above and beyond in addressing anti-bullying for all students. I will insure that every student has the right to feel safe at school.

School choice

School choice is one part of the puzzle to the improvement of all public schools. The board should consider any application if there is sufficient community interest and the school is viable.

District finances

The past few years we conducted a zero based budgeting system which help to trim off any unneeded costs. Any decision in reduction must be made as far away from the classroom as possible.

Sex education

While the bill claims age appropriate, medically accurate is up for debate. These decisions must remain in the confines of one's home. The parent is the final arbiter with when their child is age appropriate to receive any education including sex.

What was at stake?

Incumbents Al Loma and LuAnn Long sought re-election to the board against challengers Charlie Bobbitt, Jim Mason, Linda Mojer and James Tucker. Incumbent Sandra Mann was 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."

Charter school review

In October 2013, district officials completed an annual assessment of seven charter schools based on performance during the 2012-2013 school year. The review looked at academic performance, financial responsibility and operational standards for each school. A report to the board on October 23, 2013 showed that six charter schools met or exceeded district standards. Space, Technology and Arts (STAR) Academy fell behind on several requirements of a probationary contract that lasted until June 30, 2014. This school is currently on a two-year probationary contract with the district due to lagging academic performance and failure to reduce operational costs. The board will decide in November if STAR Academy should receive an extension to meet standards as proposed by Superintendent Nicholas Gledich or allow the contract to expire.[11]

About the district

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
Colorado Springs School District 11 is located in El Paso County, CO
Colorado Springs School District 11 is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County. According to the 2010 US Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.[12]

Demographics

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.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2010[12]
Race Colorado Springs(%) Colorado (%)
White 78.8 81.3
Black or African American 6.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 3 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[13]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 141,493 45.7
Unaffiliated 95,849 31
Democratic 68,290 22.1
Libertarian 2,417 0.8
American Constitution 730 0.2
Green 635 0.2


Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[14][15]


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References

  1. Colorado Springs School District 11, "Al Loma," accessed October 28, 2013
  2. LinkedIn, "Al Loma," accessed October 28, 2013
  3. The Gazette, "Colorado Springs election results updated; Suthers, Makepeace headed to runoff for mayor," April 8, 2015
  4. City of Colorado Springs, "City Elections," accessed September 19, 2014
  5. City of Colorado Springs, "Official 2015 Candidate List," accessed on February 12, 2015
  6. City of Colorado Springs, "Unofficial election results," accessed April 8, 2015
  7. The Gazette, "Councilman Snider won't seek re-election, guaranteeing three new council members in April," January 27, 2015
  8. Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
  9. Colorado Springs Housing & Building Association, "PAC Endorsed Candidates," accessed October 28, 2013
  10. Citizens Project, "Colorado Springs School District 11 - Candidate Profiles," accessed October 28, 2013 (dead link)
  11. Colorado Springs Gazette, "Colorado Springs charter school likely to get second chance," October 24, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Colorado Springs, accessed October 28, 2013
  13. Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 28, 2013
  14. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  15. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.