Falcon School District 49 elections (2013)

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2013 Falcon School District 49 Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
See also
Falcon School District 49, Colorado
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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
Falcon School District 49 is located in El Paso County, CO
Falcon School District 49 is based out of Peyton in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves students in six communities including Colorado Springs, Elbert, Ellicott, Falcon, Monument and Peyton. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, El Paso County is home to 622,263 residents.[1]


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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.1 88.1
Black or African American 6.8 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.5 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 15.6 21

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
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 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.[3][4]

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.[5]




Election results

Falcon School District 49, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Harold Incumbent 25.6% 7,331
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Butcher 18.4% 5,261
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid H. Moore 17.2% 4,927
     Nonpartisan John Graham 15% 4,304
     Nonpartisan Chris Bombria 13.3% 3,816
     Nonpartisan Henry D. Allen, Jr. Incumbent 10.6% 3,025
Total Votes 28,664
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $18,232.68 and spent a total of $16,653.92 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[6]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Henry D. Allen, Jr. $2,670.65 $2,670.65 $0.00
Chris Bombria $333.00 $333.00 $0.00
Kevin Butcher $5,583.00 $5,583.00 $0.00
John Graham $1,282.72 $1,282.72 $0.00
Tammy Harold $4,190.31 $4,190.31 $0.00
David H. Moore $4,173.00 $2,594.24 $1,578.76

Past elections


Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, Unexpired term, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoan Ann Anderson 38.8% 3,364
     Nonpartisan Robin Keller 31.6% 2,733
     Nonpartisan Ronald Pace 29.6% 2,563
Total Votes 8,660
Source: El Paso County Clerk

Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharles "Chuck" Irons 28.2% 4,134
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarie LaVere-Wright 25.2% 3,704
     Nonpartisan Andy Holloman 23.6% 3,471
     Nonpartisan Kelle L. Stanley 23% 3,371
Total Votes 14,680
Source: El Paso County Clerk

What was at stake?

Candidate interviews

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.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Falcon School District election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
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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