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Falcon School District 49 elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Falcon School District 49, Colorado
Three seats were up for election on the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education. Six candidates sought election to the board on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Tammy Harold and newcomers David H. Moore and Kevin Butcher defeated incumbent Henry D. Allen, Jr. and challengers John Graham and Chris Bombria to win the three at-large seats.
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
Method of board member selection
The Falcon School District 49 Board of Education consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Voters in El Paso County were able to request mail ballots from the Elections Department by October 15. These ballots were sent out to registered voters who submitted requests by the deadline starting on October 15. Mailed ballots had to be dropped off at 11 approved locations throughout El Paso County by 7:00pm local time on November 5. Voters could also mail their ballots back to the County Clerk though ballots had to arrive by November 5.
- John Graham
- Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps
- David H. Moore
- Veteran, U.S. Army
- Kevin Butcher
- Graduate, Purdue University
- Vice president, CameronButcher
- Chris Bombria
- Graduate, University of New Haven and University of Phoenix
- Director of Project Management, Combat Training Solutions
- Veteran, U.S. Army
- Henry D. Allen, Jr.
- Tammy Harold
|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|
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
|Henry D. Allen, Jr.||$2,670.65||$2,670.65||$0.00|
|David H. Moore||$4,173.00||$2,594.24||$1,578.76|
|Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, Unexpired term, November 8, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Joan Ann Anderson||38.8%||3,364|
|Source: El Paso County Clerk|
|Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Charles "Chuck" Irons||28.2%||4,134|
|Nonpartisan||Kelle L. Stanley||23%||3,371|
|Source: El Paso County Clerk|
What was at stake?
Incumbents Henry D. Allen, Jr. and Tammy Harold sought re-election to the board. The ballot included challengers Chris Bombria, Kevin Butcher, John Graham and David H. Moore. Former 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, raised conflict-of-interest concerns about the candidacy of Kevin Butcher. Butcher is the president of Tutt Commercial Center LLC, which 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 was concerned that Butcher "will not be able to make unbiased decisions" about district finances as a board member. Butcher 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.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Falcon School District election in 2013:
|August 7, 2013||Last day for nominating petitions to be made available to candidates.|
|August 30, 2013||Last day to file nominating petitions.|
|September 3, 2013||Last day to file as a write-in candidate.|
|October 15, 2013||Candidates must file first Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.|
|October 15, 2013||First day ballots are mailed to registered voters in El Paso County.|
|November 1, 2013||Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.|
|November 5, 2013||General election and last day for voters to submit mailed ballots at ballot drop-off locations.|
|November 22, 2013||Certification of general election votes.|
|December 5, 2013||Candidates must file third Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.|
Additional elections on the ballot
This election shared the ballot with two statewide measures. Voters decided on a ballot measure dealing with excise taxes and sales taxes on marijuana sales in Colorado, which passed. They also voted to reject Amendment 66, which was an initiated constitutional amendment to raise the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts.
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- Colorado school board elections focus on Amendment 66, school reform
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- Falcon School District 49, Colorado
- Colorado 2013 ballot measures
- El Paso County, Colorado ballot measures
- 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
- El Paso County Clerk, "Elections," accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- KOAA, "Local school board candidate raising eyebrows," October 15, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2013 Election Calendar," accessed July 8, 2013