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Debbie Christensen

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Debbie Christensen
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Adams 12 School Board, District 3
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
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Debbie Christensen was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Adams 12 Five Star School Board in Colorado. She lost election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Christensen resides in Adams County, Colorado. Christensen has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Secondary Education and a Master’s in English Composition.[1] In her career as an educator, she has served as both a classroom teacher and as an online instructor.[1]



See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools elections (2013)


Christensen and Joshua Bastian and David Elliott lost to Kathy Plomer for the District 3 seat on the Adams 12 school board up for election on November 5, 2013.


Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Plomer 38% 11,361
     Nonpartisan Debbie Christensen 37.9% 11,333
     Nonpartisan David Elliott 14% 4,183
     Nonpartisan Joshua Bastian 10% 2,993
Total Votes 29,870
Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Christensen reported $2,789.00 in contributions and $2,784.41 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $4.59 on hand.[2]


Christensen received endorsements for her campaign from Adams 12 Board President Mark Clark, Thornton City Mayor Heidi Williams, Westminster City Councilmen Bob Briggs and Herb Atchison, Adams County Treasurer Brigitte Grimm and Commissioner Erik Hansen.[3]

Campaign themes

In response to a candidate survey, Christensen provided the following priorities of her campaign:[4]

  • Strengthen partnerships and promote cooperation to achieve high-quality education.
  • Provide more options that serve the needs of individual students.
  • Promote mutual respect, integrity, and accountability.
  • Endorse content and methodologies that lead to clearly defined, effectively communicated, developmentally appropriate, and measurable learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrate financial transparency and wise stewardship of funds.

In the same survey, Christensen also stated that the following was the largest issue confronting the school district:[4]

"We don’t have to look five years down the road for tough issues. Colorado recently adopted the Common Core State Standards that will require our district to adopt new materials and methodologies, which are often imposed on teachers with minimal notice or training. Negotiations will soon begin regarding the teachers' contract, which is up for renewal in 2015. Recent budget cuts resulted in a reduction of employee benefits, cost of living increases, and extracurricular programs. And new standards-based grading has caused frustration among parents, teachers, administrators, and students."

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were at stake in this election. Incumbent Rico Figueroa ran unopposed to keep his District 4 seat after challenger Amy Speers was deemed ineligible to run due to her residency outside of the district, while in District 3, the retirement of current board member Dr. Frederick J. Schaefer left the seat open to newcomers Joshua Bastian, Debbie Christensen, David Elliott and Kathy Plomer.[5] On November 5, the Colorado Secretary of State issued a rule stating that votes for disqualified candidates cannot be reported, which includes Speers.[6]

About the district

See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado. The county seat of Adams County is Brighton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Adams County is home to 459,598 residents.[7]


Adams County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Adams County is $56,089 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Adams County is 14.0% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 20.7% of Adams County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Adams County (%) State (%)
White 87.4 88.1
Black or African American 3.5 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.6
Asian 3.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.8 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 38.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[8]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 96,016 37.65
Democratic 91,925 36.04
Republican 64,406 25.25
Libertarian 1,665 0.65
American Constitution 599 0.23
Green 440 0.18

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.[9][10]

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