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Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolEagle-crest High School
Personal
ProfessionYouth intervention specialist
Jasper Armstrong is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education in Colorado. He was defeated by four other candidates on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Armstrong graduated from Eagle-crest High School and later attended Colorado State University. He worked as a special education teacher at Grandview High School for seven years. Armstrong currently works as a youth intervention specialist at Overland High School in the Cherry Creek School District.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Aurora Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Armstrong sought election to the board against Amber Drevon, Eric Nelson, JulieMarie Shepherd and Barbara Yamrick on November 5, 2013.

Results

Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulieMarie Shepherd Incumbent 22.5% 16,466
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Nelson 20.6% 15,065
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmber Drevon 19.5% 14,283
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Yamrick 18.9% 13,826
     Nonpartisan Jasper Armstrong 18.6% 13,614
Total Votes 73,254
Source: Adams County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013, Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 22, 2013

Funding

Armstrong reported $2,300.00 in contributions and $1,421.98 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $878.02 on hand.[2]

Endorsements

The Aurora Sentinel endorsed Armstrong on October 24, 2013.[3]

Campaign themes

2013

In an interview with The Denver Post, Armstrong explained his reasons for running in 2013:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

I want my (students) to be in a school district that will serve them a high-quality education and provide for their future...One way we can do that is an emphasis on early childhood education. The earlier we teach them to love learning, the longer they stay in the school system.

What was at stake?

JulieMarie Shepherd was the only incumbent to seek re-election in the 2013 election. Board members Jane Barber, Jeanette Carmany and Matthew Cook were ineligible to run for third 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: Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
Aurora Public Schools is located in Arapahoe County, CO
Aurora Public Schools serves K-12 students in Aurora, Colorado. Aurora is located primarily in Arapahoe County though sections of the city are located in Adams and Douglas Counties. According to the 2010 US Census, Aurora is home to 325,078 residents.[4]

Demographics

Aurora lagged behind the rest of Colorado in median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Aurora was $50,468 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Aurora was 16.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Aurora residents aged 25 years and older earned a Bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Aurora (%) Colorado (%)
White 61.1 81.3
Black or African American 15.7 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 4.9 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.2 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 28.7 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 104,622 34.7
Republican 99,306 33
Unaffiliated 93,858 31.2
Libertarian 2,019 0.7
Green 537 0.2
American Constitution 486 0.1



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