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Kathleen D. Hatanaka
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Thompson Board of Education, District A
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Kathleen D. Hatanaka was a candidate for the District A seat on the Thompson Board of Education in Colorado. She lost election to the board against incumbent Jeff Berg and challenger Donna Rice on November 5, 2013.


Hatanaka has served as the president of the Big Thompson Elementary PTA since 2010. She has also been active on the School Advisory and Master Plan committees in the district.[1]



See also: Thompson School District elections (2013)


Hatanaka sought election to the board against incumbent Jeff Berg and challenger 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


Hatanaka reported $50.00 in contributions and $0.00 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $50.00 on hand.[2]


Hatanaka sought election to the District A seat on the board in 2011 but lost to Lola Johnson.

Thompson Board of Education, District A, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLola Johnson 53.4% 10,727
     Nonpartisan Kathleen D. Hatanaka 46.6% 9,373
Total Votes 20,100
Source: Larimer County Clerk

Campaign themes


In an interview with the Herald-Reporter, Hatanaka argued that more support for teachers and reduced class sizes would improve academic performance:[3]

"The kids who need extra help or even the advanced students, they aren't getting what they need...When you're taking care of so many students, I think teachers' time is spread pretty thin and individual help is really lacking."

What was at stake?

Incumbent Jeff Berg competed with challengers 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 who ran for the open seat in District F.[3]

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.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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[5]
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, 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.[6]

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