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|Board Member, Adams 12 School Board, District 3|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Master's||University of Michigan|
|Profession||Public health specialist|
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. She has spent more than two decades working in the public health field and she is currently employed by the Tri-County Health Department.
|Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013|
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.
In response to a candidate survey, Plomer provided the following priorities of her campaign:
In the same survey, Plomer also stated that the following was the largest issue confronting the school district:
"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. On November 5, the Colorado Secretary of State issued a rule stating that votes for disqualified candidates cannot be reported, which includes Speers.
About the district
- See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Kathy Plomer, "About," accessed October 7, 2013
- Adams 12 Five Star Schools, "Kathy Plomer," accessed October 7, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 20, 2013
- Kathy Plomer, "Endorsements," accessed October 7, 2013
- Adams 12 Five Star Schools, "District determines candidate for board of education ineligible to run in Director District 4," accessed October 30, 2013
- Adams County, Colorado, "Media Advisory Adams 12 Five Star Schools Update," accessed November 6, 2013 (dead link)
- United States Census Bureau, "Adams County, Colorado," accessed October 2, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 2, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014