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Boulder Valley School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Boulder Valley School District
Boulder County, Colorado ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Colorado
Three seats on the school board for Boulder Valley School District were scheduled for election on November 5, 2013. The school district canceled the election due to a lack of opposition for the candidates who filed, which left newcomer Tina Marquis and incumbents Tom Miers and Jennie Belval as the default winners of the District B, E and F seats, respectively.
About the district
- See also: Boulder Valley School District, Colorado
Boulder County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income and higher education achievement, but underperformed in terms of its poverty rate in 2011. The median household income in Boulder County is $66,479 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Boulder County is 13.1% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 57.7% of Boulder County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
Method of board member selection
The Boulder Valley School District School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected by different geographic districts to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election to be held on November 5, 2013 was canceled due to a lack of opposition. Three seats were up for grabs in 2013, and four seats will be on the ballot in 2015.
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.
- Tom Miers
- Graduate, University of Illinois
- Engineer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
- Jennie Belval
- Graduate, University of Texas
No official endorsements were made in this election before it was canceled.
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
What was at stake?
Three seats were at stake, including that of the board's vice president, Dr. Lesley Smith. She was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office." Newcomer Tina Marquis filled the District B seat, while no challengers filed against District E or F incumbents Tom Miers and Jennie Belval.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Boulder Valley School District election in 2013:
|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 (cancelled)|
|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.
- Colorado school board elections focus on Amendment 66, school reform
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- Boulder Valley School District, Colorado
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Boulder County, Colorado ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Colorado
- Amy Bounds, DailyCamera, "Boulder Valley cancels election, names Tina Marquis to school board," September 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Boulder County, Colorado," accessed August 7, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 2, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Boulder Valley School District, "Welcome to the Board of Education Page!," accessed October 2, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2013 Election Calendar," accessed October 2, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013