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Anita Stapleton
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Former candidate for
Pueblo City Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRegistered nurse
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Anita Stapleton was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Pueblo City Board of Education in Colorado. She lost election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Stapleton is a registered nurse.[1]



See also: Pueblo City Schools elections (2013)


Stapleton and Frances Montgomery lost to incumbent Phyllis Sanchez and fellow newcomer Patty Milner for the two at-large seats on November 5, 2013.


Pueblo City Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhyllis Sanchez Incumbent 30.8% 13,559
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatty Milner 27.5% 12,110
     Nonpartisan Anita Stapleton 23.2% 10,247
     Nonpartisan Frances Montgomery 18.5% 8,161
Total Votes 44,077
Source: Pueblo County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 20, 2013


Stapleton reported $0.00 in contributions and $196.96 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $196.96 in debt.[2]


Stapleton did not receive any endorsements in the 2013 campaign.

Campaign themes


During an August 13, 2013 meeting of the Colorado State Board of Education, Stapleton expressed her opposition to implementation of Common Core State Standards. She argued that implementation of these standards would take away control over local education policies from parents.[3]

What was at stake?

Incumbent Phyllis Sanchez sought re-election to the board. Fellow member Stephanie Garcia was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office." Sanchez was challenged by Patty Milner, Frances Montgomery and Anita Stapleton for two available seats.

About the district

See also: Pueblo City Schools, Colorado
Pueblo City Schools is located in Pueblo County, CO
Pueblo City Schools serves students in Pueblo, the county seat of Pueblo County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Pueblo is home to 106,595 residents.[4]


Pueblo lagged behind state rates for median income, poverty and higher education achievement in 2010. The average household income in Pueblo was $34,750 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Pueblo was 22% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 19% of Pueblo residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Pueblo (%) Colorado (%)
White 75.2 81.3
Black or African American 2.5 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.1
Asian 0.8 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 4.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 49.8 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 38,133 46.9
Unaffiliated 21,396 26.3
Republican 21,182 26
Libertarian 344 0.4
American Constitution 195 0.2
Green 131 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.[6][7]

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  1. The Pueblo Chieftain, "School boards to see big changes," October 21, 2013
  2. Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
  3. EdNews Colorado, "SBE gets earnest earful from Common Core critics," August 14, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Pueblo, accessed October 30, 2013
  5. Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 29, 2013
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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.