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Colorado Springs School District 11 elections (2013)

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2013 Colorado Springs School District 11 Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Colorado
Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
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Three seats were up for election on the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education. Six candidates sought election to the board on November 5, 2013. Incumbent LuAnn Long and newcomers Jim Mason and Linda Mojer defeated incumbent Al Loma and challengers Charlie Bobbitt and James Tucker to win the three at-large seats.

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.[1]

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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
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[2]
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, 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats were up for election in 2013.

Voters in El Paso County were able to request mail ballots from the Elections Department until October 15. These ballots were sent out to registered voters who submitted requests by the deadline. Mailed ballots could be dropped off at 11 approved locations throughout El Paso County until polls closed on November 5. Voters could also mail their ballots back to the County Clerk, although the deadline for ballots to arrive was November 5.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

  • Al Loma
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Phoenix and Mountain State University
    • Senior pastor, Victory Outreach
  • Jim Mason
    • Graduate, Knox College and Troy University
    • Defense contractor, Sparta, Inc.
    • Veteran, U.S. Army
  • Charlie Bobbitt
    • Graduate, Colorado State University
    • Insurance agent
  • LuAnn Long
    • Incumbent
    • Retired educator
  • James Tucker
    • Graduate, Rust College and Tuskegee University
    • Retired educator
    • Veteran, U.S. Army
  • Linda Mojer
    • Graduate, Rollins College
    • Owner, With Substance Inc.

Election 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

Endorsements

The Colorado Springs Independent endorsed Jim Mason, LuAnn Long and Charlie Bobbitt on October 23, 2013.[5]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $17,587.88 and spent a total of $23,659.83 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[6]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Charlie Bobbitt $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Al Loma $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
LuAnn Long $5,505.88 $5,505.88 $0.00
Jim Mason $7,567.00 $7,171.84 $395.16
Linda Mojer $4,515.00 $4,515.00 $0.00
James Tucker $0.00 $6,467.11 -$6,467.11

Past elections

2011

Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Null 18.9% 20,172
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJan Tanner 16.9% 17,960
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Naleski 13.2% 14,012
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNora Brown 12.7% 13,527
     Nonpartisan E.J. "Jim" Mason 12.1% 12,876
     Nonpartisan Lisanne M. McNew 9.5% 10,136
     Nonpartisan Kathleen D. Foster 8.7% 9,265
     Nonpartisan Judith K. Walton 8% 8,544
Total Votes 106,492
Source: El Paso County Clerk

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.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Colorado Springs School District election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
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.
October 15, 2013 First day ballots are mailed to registered voters in El Paso County.
November 1, 2013 Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.
November 5, 2013 General election and last day for voters to submit mailed ballots at ballot drop-off locations.
November 22, 2013 Certification of general election votes.
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.

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