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Kathy Plomer

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Kathy Plomer
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Board Member, Adams 12 School Board, District 3
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
ProfessionPublic health specialist
Campaign website
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Kathy Plomer currently represents District 3 on the Adams 12 Five Star School Board in Colorado. She won election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Plomer resides in Adams County, Colorado. Plomer received a B.A. in Political Science with a Public Service concentration before going to the University of Michigan to earn her Master's of Public Health degree specializing in Health Behavior and Health Education.[1][2] She has spent more than two decades working in the public health field and she is currently employed by the Tri-County Health Department.[2]



See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools elections (2013)


Plomer defeated Joshua Bastian, David Elliott and Debbie Christensen for the District 3 seat on the Adams 12 school board on November 5, 2013.


Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Plomer 38% 11,361
     Nonpartisan Debbie Christensen 37.9% 11,333
     Nonpartisan David Elliott 14% 4,183
     Nonpartisan Joshua Bastian 10% 2,993
Total Votes 29,870
Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Plomer reported $5,975.00 in contributions and $3,916.96 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $2,058.04 on hand.[3]


Plomer received an endorsement from Dr. Frederick J. Schaefer, who was the previous board member for District 3. She also received endorsements from the Citizen’s Coalition 4 Children’s Success, the District Twelve Teachers Association and Colorado Representatives Joe Salazar, Dianne Primavera and Cherylin Peniston.[4]

Campaign themes

In response to a candidate survey, Plomer provided the following priorities of her campaign:[2]

  • Provide exceptional learning opportunities for students that prepare them for life and foster a love of learning.
  • Build and utilize strong school/community partnerships.
  • Create a transparent budget process that includes a vision for the future and stakeholder input.
  • Attract, support, and retain the best teachers.
  • Listen to and serve Adams 12 stakeholders.

In the same survey, Plomer also stated that the following was the largest issue confronting the school district:[2]

"Preparing every child for success in life will remain the top issue. Engaging learning environments that build critical thinking and problem-solving skills are essential to prepare students for the future. Meeting students where they are at and challenging them to grow academically as learners is central in providing a meaningful school experience. Keeping current with technology in the classroom, continuing evaluation of teaching practice, and researching what motivates, inspires and increases student learning will make Adams 12 a top Colorado district."

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were at stake in this election. Incumbent Rico Figueroa ran unopposed to keep his District 4 seat after challenger Amy Speers was deemed ineligible to run due to her residency outside of the district, while in District 3, the retirement of current board member Dr. Frederick J. Schaefer left the seat open to newcomers Joshua Bastian, Debbie Christensen, David Elliott and Kathy Plomer.[5] On November 5, the Colorado Secretary of State issued a rule stating that votes for disqualified candidates cannot be reported, which includes Speers.[6]

About the district

See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado. The county seat of Adams County is Brighton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Adams County is home to 459,598 residents.[7]


Adams County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Adams County is $56,089 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Adams County is 14.0% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 20.7% of Adams County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Adams County (%) State (%)
White 87.4 88.1
Black or African American 3.5 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.6
Asian 3.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.8 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 38.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[8]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 96,016 37.65
Democratic 91,925 36.04
Republican 64,406 25.25
Libertarian 1,665 0.65
American Constitution 599 0.23
Green 440 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.[9] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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