Karen Fisher (Colorado)

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Karen Fisher
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Board Member, Cherry Creek School District, District E
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana University
Master'sSouthern Methodist University
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Karen Fisher represents District E on the Cherry Creek School Board in Colorado. She first won election to the board in 2013.


Karen Fisher resides in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Fisher earned her B.S. in Finance from Indiana University in 1985 and her M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Southern Methodist University in 1989. From 1984 to 1995, she was employed in a variety of finance, marketing and banking positions. Since retiring, Fisher has volunteered in the school district and community.[1]



See also: Cherry Creek School District elections (2013)


Fisher ran unopposed to win the District E seat on the Cherry Creek school board on November 5, 2013.


Cherry Creek School District, Four-year term, District E, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Fisher 100% 44,061
Total Votes 44,061
Source: Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Consolidated Election," November 22, 2013


Fisher reported $3,070.71 in contributions and $3,070.71 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with no cash on hand.[2]


Fisher received several endorsements for her campaign from local leaders, including Parents' Council President Mari Anne Imhoff, former Colorado State Senator Nancy Spence and former district superintendent Dr. Monte Moses.[3]

Campaign themes

In response to a survey conducted by the Aurora Sentinel, Fisher explained her mixed reaction to Amendment 66:[4]

I support more money for education in Colorado (P-16), and I agree that Colorado’s school finance model needs to be changed. I have immense respect for the work that has gone into this bill. However, I am not comfortable with the disparity between the proposed funding for CCSD and other large neighboring districts, or the proposed tiered tax rates. I am hopeful that if Amendment 66 does not pass, this work will continue.

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were at stake in this election. District D incumbent Randy Perlis fended off a challenge from local parent Brian Arnold, and newcomer Fisher ran unopposed for the seat left vacant by board president Jennifer Churchfield. Churchfield was 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."[5]

About the district

See also: Cherry Creek School District, Colorado
Cherry Creek School District is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado
Cherry Creek School District is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. The county seat of Arapahoe County is Littleton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Arapahoe County is home to 595,546 residents.[6]


Arapahoe County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Arapahoe County is $59,937 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Arapahoe County is 11.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 38.3% of Arapahoe County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Arapahoe County (%) State (%)
White 79.1 88.1
Black or African American 10.7 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.6
Asian 5.3 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 3.6 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 18.6 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 130,181 34.46
Democratic 127,697 33.80
Republican 115,930 30.69
Libertarian 2,567 0.68
Green 735 0.19
American Constitution 648 0.18

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.[8]

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