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Harrison School District Two elections (2013)

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2013 Harrison School
District Two Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
References
See also
Colorado
Harrison School District Two
El Paso County, Colorado ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Colorado
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Four seats were up for election on the Harrison School District Two Board of Education. Eileen Lynch Gonzalez was elected to the unfinished term she was appointed to earlier in 2013. Joyce L. Leigh, Doriena S. Longmire and Steven R. Seibert defeated challengers Aaron Simpson and Ryan Thompson to win the three remaining at-large seats.

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.[1]

Demographics

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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
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[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

Method of board member selection

The Harrison School District Two 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. Four 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.[3]

Elections

2013

Candidates

  • Eileen Lynch Gonzalez
    • Graduate, University of Texas at Austin
    • Incumbent, Director of Board of Education, two-year term
  • Joyce L. Leigh
    • Graduate University of North Dakota, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    • Retired educator
  • Doriena S. Longmire
    • Cosmetic sales representative

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


Harrison School District Two, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Lynch Gonzalez Incumbent 100% 5,079
Total Votes 5,079
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $3,801.37 and spent a total of $3,065.08 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[4]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Eileen Lynch Gonzalez $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Joyce L. Leigh $1,230.83 $1,230.48 $0.35
Doriena S. Longmire $1,554.13 $1,553.19 $0.94
Steven R. Seibert $735.00 $0.00 $735.00
Aaron Simpson $174.95 $174.95 $0.00
Ryan Thompson $106.46 $106.46 $0

Past elections

2009

Harrison Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda M. Pugh 27.7% 3,972
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah L. Hendrix 22.4% 3,218
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Price 21.8% 3,134
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Hester 15.4% 2,215
     Nonpartisan I. Ed Ralston 12.7% 1,824
Total Votes 14,363
Source: El Paso County Clerk

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."

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Harrison School District Two election in 2013:[5]

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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