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John Williams (Colorado)

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John Williams
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Board Member, Mesa County Valley School District 51, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
High schoolGrand Junction High School
(timed out) Campaign website
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John Williams currently represents District C on the Mesa County Valley School District 51 School Board in Colorado. He was first appointed to the board in 2013. Williams won a full term on November 5, 2013 against challengers Patrick Kanda and Lonnie White.


Williams graduated from Grand Junction High School and is currently a business attorney. He and his wife, Kim, have two children who graduated from District 51 schools.[1]



See also: Mesa County Valley School District 51 elections (2013)


Williams defeated challengers Patrick Kanda and Lonnie White for the District C seat on November 5, 2013.


Mesa County Valley School District 51, District C General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Williams Incumbent 53.2% 19,543
     Nonpartisan Patrick Kanda 38.2% 14,035
     Nonpartisan Lonnie White 8.6% 3,151
Total Votes 36,729
Source: Mesa County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," accessed December 16, 2013


Williams reported $12,446.99 in contributions and $12,446.99 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[2]


Williams was endorsed by The Daily Sentinel, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and "Strong Schools, Strong Communities."[3]

Campaign themes

Williams stated the following about his campaign priorities on his website:[4]

  • Get all students to reading proficiency by the end of third grade. Many of the problems in later grades are caused by the fact that kids can’t read. As was demonstrated at Clifton Elementary, success can be achieved by investing in reading coaches.
  • Solve the problem of our graduates not being college and job ready. CMU currently remediates 50% of its incoming freshman. We need to find out why and solve the problems so our students are prepared for their futures.
  • Find and incorporate cutting edge curriculum into our schools. A physics curriculum was recently offered to middle schoolers in a Title 1 Colorado Springs school. Not only did they develop critical thinking skills, they improved their test scores by 50 points.

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

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Mesa County Valley School Board were up for election. Current District C seat holder John Williams and District E seat holder and Board President Greg Mikolai sought re-election to their seats, while District D seat holder Leslie Kiesler was term-limited.

About the district

See also: Mesa County Valley School District 51, Colorado
Mesa County Valley School District 51 is located in Mesa County, Colorado
Mesa County Valley School District 51 is located in Mesa County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Mesa County is home to 146,723 residents.[5]


Mesa County underperformed in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011 compared to the state of Colorado. The median household income in Mesa County is $52,986 compared to $57,685 statewide. The poverty rate in Mesa County is 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Mesa County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Mesa County (%) State (%)
White 94.4 88.1
Black or African American 0.9 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.6 1.6
Asian 0.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.2 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 13.7 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 28,607 34.1
Democratic 16,702 19.9
Republican 37,549 44.8
Libertarian 619 0.7
Green 154 0.2
American Constitution 244 0.3

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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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