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Jeff Berg
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Thompson Board of Education, District A
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedAugust 22, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLutheran Bible Institute of Seattle
ProfessionBusiness owner
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Jeff Berg represented District A on the Thompson Board of Education in Colorado. He was appointed to the board in August 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Lola Johnson's resignation.[1] Berg lost election to the board against challengers Kathleen D. Hatanaka and Donna Rice on November 5, 2013.


Berg earned a Bachelor's degree from the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle. He owns a financial planning business after serving as a pastor for 20 years. Berg previously served on the Van Buren Elementary School Accountability Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Children's Foundation, Inc. He and his wife have two children currently attending district schools.[2]



See also: Thompson School District elections (2013)


Berg sought a full term on the board against challengers Kathleen D. Hatanaka and Donna Rice on November 5, 2013.

Election results

Thompson Board of Education, District A General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Rice 44% 13,299
     Nonpartisan Jeff Berg Incumbent 40.7% 12,327
     Nonpartisan Kathleen D. Hatanaka 15.3% 4,628
Total Votes 30,254
Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013 (dead link)


Berg reported $3,089.96 in contributions and $7.30 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $3,082.66 on hand.[3]

Campaign themes


Berg's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:[4]


  • Achievement for all students in the Thompson School District.
  • Expecting great results and holding the District to high standards.
  • Deliberately using all of the data available in making decisions for the District.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Working hard to insure the district remains financially healthy.
  • Making sure taxpayer money is spent well and focused on students.
  • Maintaining a transparent budgeting process.

Supporting Achievement For all Students

  • Extending opportunities and improving achievement for everyone within the Thompson School District.
  • Striving for high achievement in our schools and not simply proficiency.
  • Serving Northern Colorado by making sure we have a well educated work force.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Incumbent Berg competed with challengers Kathleen D. Hatanaka and Donna Rice to fill an unexpired two-year term in District A. Berg was appointed to the seat in August 2012 to replace Lola Johnson. Challenger Bryce Carlson faced Janice Marchman for the District B seat. Board members Sharon Olson (District E) and Leonard Sherman (District F) did not file for re-election. The District E race featured newcomers Rocci Bryan and Lori Hvizda Ward. Carl Langner and Gerald Lauer that ran for the open seat in District F.[5]

About the district

See also: Thompson School District, Colorado
Thompson School District is located in Larimer County, CO
Thompson School District is based out of Loveland, Colorado in Larimer County. The district serves students in Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins as well as sections of Boulder and Weld Counties. According to the 2010 US Census, Larimer County is home to 299,630 residents.[6]


Larimer County outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty. The average household income in Larimer County was $57,215 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Larimer County was 13.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 43.1% of Larimer County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Larimer County (%) Colorado (%)
White 93.5 88.1
Black or African American 1 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.6
Asian 2.1 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.3 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 10.8 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 68,937 36.6
Republican 64,522 34.3
Democratic 52,249 27.8
Libertarian 1,549 0.8
Green 579 0.3
American Constitution 388 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.[8][9]

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