Kevin Butcher

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Kevin Butcher
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Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Personal
ProfessionReal estate executive
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Kevin Butcher is an at-large member of the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education in Colorado. He won election against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Butcher earned a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University. He is currently the vice president of a real estate firm called CameronButcher. Butcher previously served two terms on the Colorado Springs Planning Commission and as president of the Falcon Education Foundation. He and his wife have four children who have attended district schools.[1][2]

Elections

2013

See also: Falcon School District 49 elections (2013)

Opposition

Butcher sought election to the board against incumbents Henry D. Allen, Jr. and Tammy Harold as well as fellow challengers Chris Bombria, David H. Moore and John Graham.

Election results

Falcon School District 49, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Harold Incumbent 25.6% 7,331
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Butcher 18.4% 5,261
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid H. Moore 17.2% 4,927
     Nonpartisan John Graham 15% 4,304
     Nonpartisan Chris Bombria 13.3% 3,816
     Nonpartisan Henry D. Allen, Jr. Incumbent 10.6% 3,025
Total Votes 28,664
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013

Funding

Butcher reported $5,583.00 in contributions and $5,583.00 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Butcher received the following endorsements during the 2013 campaign:[2]

Campaign themes

2013

Butcher explained his views on the major issues facing the district for the Gazette Voter Guide:[2]

Pressing issues for the district

"Falcon School District 49 is poised and ready to become a great school district. Our innovative ways of delivering a quality education while providing true choice is a bold step. The core challenge preventing the District from greatness is the lack of community trust in the Board of Directors. I am running for the School board to help restore the trust and bring stability to the board of directors though effective governance."

Areas of emphasis

"The primary purpose of a School District is to provide a high quality education to all students. The classroom is the primary place education happens. We need to first ensure that there is enough money flowing to the classroom. D49 is one of the lowest districts in the state in per student funding. However, it is one of the highest ranked in fiscal health. We need to give credit to our current administration for working hard to deliver a quality education while controlling costs."

Amendment 66

"Amendment 66 is complex and I do not believe it will have a positive impact on D49 or other El Paso County school districts. The wording seems to favor districts like the Denver Public Schools. My interpretation is it will cost D49 funding. The Constitution of the State of Colorado is supposed to be inflexible and is not an appropriate vehicle for raising taxes."

Academic performance

"Unfortunately it is a lack of parental involvement in the student's education. Many parents to not recognize or stress the importance of education in their family culture. As a District, we need to continue to strive to effectively engage the community in the education system."

What was at stake?


Candidate interviews

Incumbents Henry D. Allen, Jr. and Tammy Harold sought re-election to the board. The ballot included challengers Butcher, Chris Bombria, David H. Moore and John Graham. Member Christopher Wright did not file for re-election in 2013.

Conflict of interest concerns

Dana Palmer, the chair of the District Accountability and Advisory Committee, has raised conflict-of-interest concerns about Butcher's candidacy. Butcher is the president of Tutt Commercial Center LLC, which currently leases real estate to the district for administrative offices. He has also acted as an intermediary between Eastern Colorado Bank and Falcon School District during negotiations to rent space for the Falcon Virtual Academy. Palmer is concerned that Butcher "will not be able to make unbiased decisions" about district finances if he wins on November 5, 2013. Butcher has countered that the district agreed to a lease with Tutt well before his candidacy and he would not be biased if the district pursues leases or other real estate transactions.[4]

About the district

See also: Falcon School District 49, Colorado
Falcon School District 49 is located in El Paso County, CO
Falcon School District 49 is based out of Peyton in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves students in six communities including Colorado Springs, Elbert, Ellicott, Falcon, Monument and Peyton. According to the 2010 US Census, El Paso County is home to 622,263 residents.[5]

Demographics

El Paso County lagged behind state averages for median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate in 2010. The average household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.1 88.1
Black or African American 6.8 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.5 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 15.6 21

Party Affiliation, 2013[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 141,493 45.7
Unaffiliated 95,849 31
Democratic 68,290 22.1
Libertarian 2,417 0.8
American Constitution 730 0.2
Green 635 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.[7]

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