John Haefeli

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John Haefeli
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Board Member, Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAdjunct professor
John Haefeli is an at-large member of the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education in Colorado. He won election to the board on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Haefeli resides in Weld County, Colorado. Haefeli coached basketball and taught social studies at a high school in the Greeley-Evans school district before retiring from the position. However, he still serves as an adjunct professor in teacher education at the University of Northern Colorado.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Greeley-Evans School District 6 elections (2013)

Opposition

Haefeli, Roger Alan DeWitt, Steve Hall and Rhonda Solis defeated Paleri Mann, Donna Downey, Ron Brecheisen and Logan Mahan to win four at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Haefeli 16.7% 11,998
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Hall 15.2% 10,885
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRhonda Solis 14.1% 10,165
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Alan DeWitt Incumbent 13.6% 9,773
     Nonpartisan Donna Downey 12.5% 8,946
     Nonpartisan Logan Mahan 10.7% 7,718
     Nonpartisan Ron Brecheisen 8.6% 6,214
     Nonpartisan Paleri Mann Incumbent 8.5% 6,142
Total Votes 71,841
Source: Weld County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Weld County Coordinated Election," November 15, 2013

Funding

Haefeli reported $7,010.00 in contributions and $4,962.54 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $2,047.46 on hand.[2]

Endorsements

Haefeli received an endorsement for his campaign from the Greeley Tribune.[3]

Campaign themes

In an interview with the Greeley Tribune, Haefeli stated that his primary concerns were reversing recent declines in student enrollment and equalizing the quality of education for all students. He added that, "We need to do a little better job of communicating. Everyone needs to work together and be better at listening to each other. We need to be more positive. I see too much negativity from all directions. If everybody works together for our children, then we will be successful as a society."[1]

What was at stake?

Four seats on the board were at stake in this election. Two incumbents, Roger Alan DeWitt and Paleri Mann, filed for re-election while fellow incumbents Scott Rankin and Linda J. Trimberger decided not to run. They competed with six challengers in Donna Downey, Rhonda Solis, Steve Hall, Ron Brecheisen, John Haefeli and Logan Mahan for the four open seats. Downey, Hall, Brecheisen and Mahan decided to run as "The Fab Four" slate due to their shared conservative positions on issues, such as Amendment 66.[4]

Amendment 66

Amendment 66 was an initiated constitutional amendment on the Colorado ballot that would have raised the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts. The Colorado Legislative Council estimated that the current state funding of approximately $5.5 billion would rise by $915 million if the measure had passed, which it did not.[5] This issue divided the candidates, with Roger Alan DeWitt, Paleri Mann, Rhonda Solis and John Haefeli in support of the measure and Ron Brecheisen, Donna Downey, Steve Hall and Logan Mahan opposing it.[6]

About the district

See also: Greeley-Evans School District 6, Colorado
Greeley-Evans School District 6 is located in Weld County, CO
Greeley-Evans School District 6 is located in Weld County, Colorado. The county seat of Weld County is Greeley, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Weld County is home to 263,691 residents.[7]

Demographics

Weld County underperformed the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Weld County was $55,825 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Weld County was 13.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 25.6% of Weld County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Weld County (%) Colorado (%)
White 93.4 88.1
Black or African American 1.3 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.7 1.6
Asian 1.4 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.1 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 28.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[8]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 62,277 38.1
Republican 59,752 36.6
Democratic 39,702 24.3
Libertarian 1,018 0.6
American Constitution 447 0.3
Green 283 0.1

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.[9]

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