Charlie Bobbitt

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Charlie Bobbitt
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Former candidate for
Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Colorado School District 11 Board of Education
Bachelor'sColorado State University
ProfessionInsurance agent
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Charlie Bobbitt was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education in Colorado. He lost election to the board against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013. Bobbitt previously served on the board from 2006 to 2011 after winning a recall election.[1]


Bobbitt earned a B.S. in Social Science Education from Colorado State University. He currently works as an insurance agent.[2]



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


Bobbitt, Al Loma 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.


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


Bobbitt reported no contributions or expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State[3]


Bobbitt received the following endorsements in the 2013 campaign:[4][2]

  • The Colorado Springs Independent[5]
  • Colorado Springs Home Builders Association
  • Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS


Bobbitt won a full term on the board in November 2007 by placing fourth out of seven candidates for four available seats. He did not seek re-election in 2011.

Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJan Tanner 20.2% 16,968
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Strand 19.2% 16,115
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Null 17.4% 14,568
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Bobbitt 13.8% 11,547
     Nonpartisan Chyrese Exline 12.4% 10,390
     Nonpartisan Willie H. Breazall 9.2% 7,731
     Nonpartisan Delia Armstrong Busby 7.8% 6,524
Total Votes 83,843
Source: El Paso County Clerk

Campaign themes


Bobbitt provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:[6]

Pressing issues in district

District 11 has many outstanding and good schools but our poor performing schools and those students that attend those schools are very worrisome to me. We must find a way to transform all our schools from Good to Great School. I believe my past dedication to listening and looking for solutions and advocating for all students is imperative for the District 11 Board.

Anti-bullying policies

Bullying should not be tolerated whether it is student to student, staff to student, student to staff or staff to staff. Bullying creates a negative school environment which is detrimental to learning. District 11 is using Restorative Justice process to help correct bullying offenders.

School choice

In my five years on D11 Board, I reviewed and recommended action on sixteen charter school application. In today's school choice environment it is important that school board be flexible but firm in working with charter schools.

District finances

District 11 has a sound established budget process which continues to serve the district.

Sex education

District 11 has an excellent instructional science staff that will make sure D11 is meeting any changes to sex education.

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 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.[7]

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.[8]


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.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2010[8]
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[9]
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.[10][11]

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