Julie Williams

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Julie Williams
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Board Member, Jeffco Public Schools, District 1
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionHealthcare professional
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Julie Williams currently represents District 1 on the Jeffco School Board in Colorado. She defeated fellow challenger Tonya Aultman-Bettridge on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Williams is a healthcare professional who manages an orthodontic office. Both her and her husband attended and graduated from Jeffco schools. The couple has two children.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Jeffco Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Williams ran for election against challenger Tonya Aultman-Bettridge on November 5, 2013.

Results

Jeffco Board of Education, Four-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Williams 61% 82,868
     Nonpartisan Tonya Aultman-Bettridge 39% 52,936
Total Votes 135,804
Source: Jefferson County Board of Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013

Funding

Williams reported $7,111.73 in contributions and $5,017.79 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $2,093.94 on hand.[2]

Endorsements

Williams was endorsed by the Colorado Women’s Alliance and Denver radio host, Mike Rosen.[3][4]

Campaign themes

Williams listed her campaign priorities as the following on her website:[5]

  • Parents should not have to sacrifice local control over their schools in order to achieve high standards.
  • Protect the privacy rights of our teachers, children, and families.
  • All children should receive a quality education without the burden of another $1 billion tax increase on struggling families.
  • Accountability for the superintendent and her staff.
  • Excellent and improving schools should be rewarded and replicated.
  • Give teachers a voice about what they need in the classroom. They should be rewarded based upon merit and success.
  • Budget transparency should include open negotiations.
  • Waive background fees for parents, grandparents, and community volunteers who help in our schools.
  • Teach our children to be creative free thinkers who will take personal responsibility.
  • With Julie the door will always be open. Your voice will be valued and heard.

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 board were at stake in this election in Districts 1, 2 and 5. All incumbents of those districts were ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of any [...] school district [...] shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office." As a result, all board members voted in this election will be new.

Issues in the election

Stances on Amendment 66

Colorado voters cast ballots on Amendment 66, a constitutional amendment that increases income taxes to support public education. The following table lists the publicly stated position of each Board of Education candidate on the amendment.

Stances on Amendment 66[6]
Candidate Stated position
Tonya Aultman-Bettridge Support
Jeff Lamontagne Support
John Newkirk Oppose
Gordon Van de Water Support
Julie Williams Oppose
Ken Witt Oppose

Issues in the district

Superintendent resignation

Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced plans to resign from the district shortly after the 2013 school board election. Stevenson left the district to work with the Colorado Association of School Executives after 12 years as superintendent. During a board meeting on February 8, the outgoing superintendent noted that the current board wanted changes in district leadership and she felt a lack of respect from new board members. Stevenson's speech drew cheers from supporters in the audience and boos for board members. Board member Julie Williams countered that Stevenson had not attempted to work with the board, citing her intention to leave the district shortly after the election. The board is working with district officials to handle day-to-day affairs through the remainder of the school year rather than appointing an interim superintendent.[7][8]

About the district

See also: Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado
Jeffco Public Schools is located in Jefferson County, CO
Jeffco Public Schools is based out of Golden, Colorado in Jefferson County. According to the 2010 US Census, Jefferson County is home to 534,543 residents.[9]

Demographics

Jefferson County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of graduation rate, median household income and poverty rate. The average household income in Jefferson County was $67,827 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Colorado Springs was 8.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The graduation rate was 93.2% compared to 89.7% statewide.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2010[9]
Race Jefferson County (%) Colorado (%)
White 92.4 81.3
Black or African American 1.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.1
Asian 2.8 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 14.9 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[10]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 109,453 33.7
Unaffiliated 110,176 33.9
Democratic 101,611 31.3
Libertarian 2,326 0.7
American Constitution 527 0.2
Green 722 0.2

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.[11]

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