David H. Moore
|David H. Moore|
|Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Years of service||1975-1978|
Moore served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1978. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years including 21 years as a supervisor. Moore retired in 2008 and currently serves as a pastor at Gospel of Grace Church International. He and his wife, Luwana, have two children and five grandchildren.
|Falcon School District 49, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tammy Harold Incumbent||25.6%||7,331|
|Nonpartisan||David H. Moore||17.2%||4,927|
|Nonpartisan||Henry D. Allen, Jr. Incumbent||10.6%||3,025|
|Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013|
Moore received the following endorsements during the 2013 campaign:
- Home Builders Association (H.B.A.)
- Andres Pico, City Councilman District 6
- Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS
- Peggy Littleton, County Commissioner
- Jill Gaebler, City Council Member District 5
Moore explained his views on the major issues facing the district for the Gazette Voter Guide:
Pressing issues for the district
"Improving the education and job readiness of our children is my first priority. Second, I believe that the unequal funding of our schools in Falcon District 49 is one of our most pressing issues. We are the fourteenth largest district, and are 177th out of 178 total districts in receiving funding. Our school district is second to the last. Even now we are at or exceeding capacity in our district and there has been no adequate funding from the state to address it. Additional funding is not required, equal funding is a necessity. Every child has a right to a good education. In order to address this problem, I will seek the help of parents, teachers and other civic organizations to petition the state to address these concerns. I also believe that the education of students of color has to be brought to the table of consideration."
Areas of emphasis
"Reducing the administrative cost that do not directly impact the education of our children. It seems administrative cost have go up and student proficiency has gone down."
"I do not believe the this Amendment should pass because among other problems, it does not address the unequal funding that we have for the children of D49. Every child should have the same opportunity for success. Also this amendment does not address performance."
"Most district do not have the education of our children as their top priority. They think that more funding is needed, rather than encouraging parents to become more involved in their child's education by giving them school choice."
What was at stake?
Incumbents Henry D. Allen, Jr. and Tammy Harold sought re-election to the board. The ballot included challengers Moore, Chris Bombria, Kevin Butcher and John Graham. Member Christopher Wright did not file for re-election in 2013.
Conflict of interest concerns
Dana Palmer, the chair of the District Accountability and Advisory Committee, has raised conflict-of-interest concerns about the candidacy of Kevin Butcher. Butcher is the president of Tutt Commercial Center LLC, which currently leases real estate to the district for administrative offices. He has also acted as an intermediary between Eastern Colorado Bank and Falcon School District during negotiations to rent space for the Falcon Virtual Academy. Palmer is concerned that Butcher "will not be able to make unbiased decisions" about district finances if he wins on November 5, 2013. Butcher has countered that the district agreed to a lease with Tutt well before his candidacy and he would not be biased if the district pursues leases or other real estate transactions.
About the district
- See also: Falcon School District 49, Colorado
El Paso County lagged behind state averages for median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate in 2010. The average household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.
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- Falcon School District 49, "BOE Elections Information," accessed October 28, 2013 (dead link)
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Committee to Elect David H. Moore, "Endorsements," accessed October 28, 2013
- Gazette Voter Guide, "David H. Moore," accessed October 28, 2013
- KOAA, "Local school board candidate raising eyebrows," October 15, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: El Paso County, accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 28, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014