Colorado Springs School District 11 elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
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 districtEl Paso County. According to the 2010 US Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.
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.
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.
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.
- Al Loma
- 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
- 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.
|Colorado Springs School District 11, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||LuAnn Long Incumbent||21.3%||20,601|
|Nonpartisan||Al Loma Incumbent||14.3%||13,854|
|Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013|
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
|Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2011|
|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|
|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.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Colorado Springs 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.|
|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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- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 28, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- El Paso County Clerk, "Elections," accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado Springs Independent, "Help for education, taxes for RMJ sales," October 23, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Colorado Springs Gazette, "Colorado Springs charter school likely to get second chance," October 24, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2013 Election Calendar," accessed July 8, 2013