|Board Member, Brighton School District, District 7|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|High school||Northglenn High School|
|Bachelor's||Metro State University|
|Master's||Colorado State University|
Gregory Piotraschke resides in Adams County, Colorado. Piotraschke graduated from Northglenn High School before earning his B.A. in Music Education from Metro State University and his M.A. in Music Education from Colorado State University. His family moved to the Brighton area in 2005, and he is currently employed as a music teacher at Jefferson County.
Piotraschke ran unopposed to keep the District 7 seat on the Brighton school board on November 5, 2013.
|Brighton School District, District 7 General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Gregory Piotraschke Incumbent||100%||8,618|
|Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Adams County Coordinated Election," November 19, 2013|
Piotraschke did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In response to a candidate survey sent out by the school district, Piotraschke provided the following campaign themes:
"I believe that I can bring a unique view to the board as a parent, a teacher, and a citizen which can see the issues from all angles and find solutions. Some of these issues are: the growth of the student population and how that affects 3 cities (Brighton, Commerce City, and Thornton) and 2 counties (Adams and Weld), a new teacher evaluation system and revised state standards, as well as potential financial changes in how the state will fund education in the future."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Five seats on the board were at stake in this election. District 2 incumbent Kristi Crisman did not file for re-election, but no other candidates filed for the vacant seat either, which left it open to a write-in candidate. Rick Doucet ran a write-in campaign and won the seat. District 4 incumbent Joan Kniss was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office." Newcomer Michael K. Landwehr ran unopposed for the open seat. Districts 5 and 6 incumbents Patrick D. Day and Teresa R. Gallegos faced a total of four challengers, while District 7 incumbent Gregory Piotraschke also ran unopposed for re-election.
About the district
- See also: Brighton School District, Colorado
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.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Board of Education 27J, "Register to Vote," accessed October 11, 2013
- TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 18, 2013
- The Standard Blade, "Polls close in Colorado; unofficial results from Nov. 5 election," November 7, 2013
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- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 2, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014