Donna Downey

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Donna Downey
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
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ProfessionSmall business owner
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Donna Downey was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education in Colorado. She lost election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Downey resides in Greeley, Colorado. Downey worked in retail and hotel management before starting her own small business and retiring. She has spent more than two decades as a foster mother.[1]



See also: Greeley-Evans School District 6 elections (2013)


Downey, Paleri Mann, Ron Brecheisen and Logan Mahan lost to Roger Alan DeWitt, Rhonda Solis, Steve Hall, and John Haefeli in their attempt to win one of four at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Haefeli 16.7% 11,998
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Hall 15.2% 10,885
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRhonda Solis 14.1% 10,165
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Alan DeWitt Incumbent 13.6% 9,773
     Nonpartisan Donna Downey 12.5% 8,946
     Nonpartisan Logan Mahan 10.7% 7,718
     Nonpartisan Ron Brecheisen 8.6% 6,214
     Nonpartisan Paleri Mann Incumbent 8.5% 6,142
Total Votes 71,841
Source: Weld County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Weld County Coordinated Election," November 15, 2013


Downey reported $7,850.00 in contributions and $7,017.17 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $832.83 on hand.[2]


Downey did not receive any endorsements for her 2013 campaign.

Campaign themes

In an interview with the Greeley Tribune, Downey argued in favor of adding fresh views to the school board, stating, "It’s about the kids," and that, "I know there are some upset parents out there, I’ve heard from them a lot over the last six or seven years."[1] Downey's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:

"My mission is for our children to have Quality Education and to ensure that no child is left behind. Also to have smaller classrooms for our teachers so they can give more one on one time with students that struggle.Also to make sure our children are receiving the right tools and technology for what they need. To make sure our special needs children receive every tool needed for their learning abilities To have a relationship with the community to build trust and a good communication plan with the district schools."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Four seats on the board were at stake in this election. Two incumbents, Roger Alan DeWitt and Paleri Mann, filed for re-election while fellow incumbents Scott Rankin and Linda J. Trimberger decided not to run. They competed with six challengers in Donna Downey, Rhonda Solis, Steve Hall, Ron Brecheisen, John Haefeli and Logan Mahan for the four open seats. Downey, Hall, Brecheisen and Mahan decided to run as "The Fab Four" slate due to their shared conservative positions on issues, such as Amendment 66.[3]

Amendment 66

Amendment 66 was an initiated constitutional amendment on the Colorado ballot that would have raised the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts. The Colorado Legislative Council estimated that the current state funding of approximately $5.5 billion would rise by $915 million if the measure had passed, which it did not.[4] This issue divided the candidates, with Roger Alan DeWitt, Paleri Mann, Rhonda Solis and John Haefeli in support of the measure and Ron Brecheisen, Donna Downey, Steve Hall and Logan Mahan opposing it.[5]

About the district

See also: Greeley-Evans School District 6, Colorado
Greeley-Evans School District 6 is located in Weld County, CO
Greeley-Evans School District 6 is located in Weld County, Colorado. The county seat of Weld County is Greeley, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Weld County is home to 263,691 residents.[6]


Weld County underperformed the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Weld County was $55,825 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Weld County was 13.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 25.6% of Weld County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Weld County (%) Colorado (%)
White 93.4 88.1
Black or African American 1.3 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.7 1.6
Asian 1.4 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.1 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 28.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 62,277 38.1
Republican 59,752 36.6
Democratic 39,702 24.3
Libertarian 1,018 0.6
American Constitution 447 0.3
Green 283 0.1

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.[8][9]

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