Cassandra L. Barker-Carr
|Cassandra L. Barker-Carr|
|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Brighton School District, District 5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Louisiana|
|Master's||University of Louisiana|
|Ph.D.||Nova Southeastern University|
Cassandra Barker-Carr resides in Adams County, Colorado. Barker-Carr received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Louisiana before earning her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She spent the first fifteen years of her career as an educator in several different school districts across the country, serving as a math teacher, assistant principal, district coordinator and executive director. In 2011, Barker-Carr joined ACT as the regional manager for the Mountain Plains area before receiving a promotion to the position of assistant vice president on the learning insights team in 2013.
|Brighton School District, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Patrick D. Day Incumbent||55.1%||6,201|
|Nonpartisan||Cassandra L. Barker-Carr||44.9%||5,053|
|Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Adams County Coordinated Election," November 19, 2013|
Barker-Carr reported no contributions but $194.58 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $194.58 in debt.
Barker-Carr did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
What was at stake?
Five seats on the board were at stake in this election. District 2 incumbent Kristi Crisman did not file for re-election, but no other candidates filed for the vacant seat either, which left it open to a write-in candidate. Rick Doucet ran a write-in campaign and won the seat. District 4 incumbent Joan Kniss 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 Michael K. Landwehr ran unopposed for the open seat. Districts 5 and 6 incumbents Patrick D. Day and Teresa R. Gallegos faced a total of four challengers, while District 7 incumbent Gregory Piotraschke also ran unopposed for re-election.
About the district
- See also: Brighton School District, Colorado
Adams County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Adams County is $56,089 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Adams County is 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.
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.
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- LinkedIn, "Cassandra Barker-Carr, EdD," accessed October 11, 2013
- Board of Education 27J, "Register to Vote," accessed October 11, 2013 (dead link)
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- The Standard Blade, "Polls close in Colorado; unofficial results from Nov. 5 election," November 7, 2013
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- United States Census Bureau, "Adams County, Colorado," accessed October 2, 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
- 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.