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Doriena S. Longmire

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Doriena S. Longmire
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Board Member, Harrison School District Two, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionCosmetic sales representative
Campaign website
Doriena S. Longmire is an at-large member of the Harrison School District Two Board of Directors in Colorado. She first won election to the board in 2013.


Longmire is a product of Harrison D-2 schools, graduating from Harrison High School. She attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where she majored in psychology. She is currently a cosmetic sales representative, in addition to being a community volunteer.[1]



See also: Harrison School District Two elections (2013)


Longmire ran against four fellow challengers on November 5, 2013.

Election results

Harrison School District Two, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce L. Leigh 24.5% 3,213
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDoriena S. Longmire 22.7% 2,986
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven R. Seibert 18.8% 2,471
     Nonpartisan Ryan Thompson 18.8% 2,468
     Nonpartisan Aaron Simpson 15.2% 1,998
Total Votes 13,136
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013


Longmire reported $1,554.13 in contributions and $1,553.19 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $0.94 on hand.[2]


Longmire was endorsed by the HBA Political Action Committee (PAC).[3]

Campaign themes

Longmire stated the following in an interview with The Gazette:[4]

What major challenges face your school district and how would you solve them, aside from additional funding?
In my opinion, our major challenge is to continue moving forward with technology, so that all of our students have the same tools that are being used by students across the country. We are currently working in that direction. I would ask for in-kind contributions from companies who are able and would like to see our students succeed, with the help of up-to-date technology in the hand of every student. These same companies could be those that end up hiring our students, upon graduation, thus getting a return on their investments. The other major challenge for our district, is hiring and retaining highly qualified teachers and staff. I would recommend some kind of incentive for new staff overall, so that they would be more likely to want to remain working in the district.

With budget constraints in place, what areas would you concentrate on?
I would continue to focus on the main academic areas reading, writing, math and science. However, I would look for ways to integrate all into the arts, so that our students wouldn't have to miss out on courses that allow them other ways to learn and grow.

This year, voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 66, which would raise $950 million in additional taxes for education. If the amendment passes, how should the money be allocated in your district?
If Amendment 66 passes, I believe the funds should be allocated in accordance to what it is stipulated for, throughout the district.

Why don't most districts get beyond 70 percent student proficiency on state assessments?
Districts that don't get beyond 70 percent proficiency on state assessments, may experience that for a variety of reasons. Inadequate preparation may be one; test anxiety may be another. There are many factors that can get in the way of getting good test scores on state assessments.

What was at stake?

Current member Eileen Lynch Gonzalez sought re-election to the board to continue the term she was appointed to earlier this year when Keith Varney vacated his seat. Incumbents Deborah Hendrix, Richard Price and Linda Pugh were 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."

About the district

See also: Harrison School District Two, Colorado
Harrison School District Two is located in El Paso County, CO
Harrison School District Two is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County. According to the 2010 US Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.[5]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Colorado Springs(%) Colorado (%)
White 78.8 81.3
Black or African American 6.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 3 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 141,493 45.7
Unaffiliated 95,849 31
Democratic 68,290 22.1
Libertarian 2,417 0.8
American Constitution 730 0.2
Green 635 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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