David Trask

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David Trask
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Poudre Board of Education, District C
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska
Ph.D.University of Nebraska
ProfessionRetired educator
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David Trask currently represents District C on the Poudre Board of Education in Colorado. He won election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Trask earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Nebraska. He taught at community colleges in the Carolinas for 35 years before his retirement. Trask was previously elected to the boards of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.[1] He and his wife, Suzanne, have three adult children and three grandchildren.[2]



See also: Poudre School District elections (2013)


Trask defeated Mel Hilgenberg to win the District C seat on November 5, 2013.


Poudre School District, District C General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Trask 64.9% 22,282
     Nonpartisan Mel Hilgenberg 35.1% 12,058
Total Votes 34,340
Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Trask reported $6,125.00 in contributions and $5,583.73 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $541.27 on hand.[3]


Trask received the following endorsements for his 2013 campaign:[4]

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In an interview with Coloradoan.com, Trask stated that he supported Amendment 66, which would have increased income tax rates to support public education.[2]

What was at stake?

Incumbent Jim Hayes did not file for re-election in District C, leaving challengers Mel Hilgenberg and David Trask to compete with one another for the seat. Christophe Febvre ran for re-election in District D without opposition. Nicholas Holian ran unopposed for the District E seat formerly held by Patrick Albright, who did not file for the 2013 election.

About the district

See also: Poudre School District, Colorado
Poudre School District is located in Larimer County, CO
Poudre School District is based in Fort Collins and serves students in nearby communities including LaPorte, Red Feather, Stove Prairie and Wellington. Fort Collins is the county seat of Larimer County in northern Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Fort Collins is home to 143,986 residents.[5]


Fort Collins outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty. The average household income in Fort Collins was $51,446 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Fort Collins was 17.2% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 51.5% of Fort Collins residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Fort Collins (%) Colorado (%)
White 89 81.3
Black or African American 1.2 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.1
Asian 2.9 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 10.1 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 68,937 36.6
Republican 64,522 34.3
Democratic 52,249 27.8
Libertarian 1,549 0.8
Green 579 0.3
American Constitution 388 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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[7]

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