Landri Taylor

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Landri Taylor
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Denver Board of Education, District 4
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedMarch 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Berkeley
Websites
Campaign website
Landri Taylor campaign logo
Landri Taylor currently represents District 4 on the Denver Board of Education in Colorado. He was first appointed to the board in March 2013 to replace Nate Easley.[1] Taylor defeated challenger Roger Kilgore on November 5, 2013 to win his first full term.

Biography

Taylor earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of California-Berkeley. He is the president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. Taylor has previously served on the boards for Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver Big Picture Charter High School and First City Stapleton, Inc. He was also the chairman of the Denver Democratic Party from 1997 to 1999. Taylor and his wife, Gloria, have three adult children.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Denver Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Taylor sought a full term in the District 4 seat against challenger Roger Kilgore.

Results

Denver Public Schools, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLandri Taylor Incumbent 65.5% 16,380
     Nonpartisan Roger Kilgore 34.5% 8,616
Total Votes 24,996
Source: Denver County Clerk and Recorder, "Final Official Election Results," accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

Taylor reported $133,491.02 in contributions and $131,150.57 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $2,340.45 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Taylor received the following endorsements during the 2013 campaign:[4]

Campaign themes

2013

Taylor provided themes for his 2013 campaign on his website:[5]

Landri believes Denver Public Schools must provide the best schools possible for every kid in every community. That means:

  • Eliminating the achievement gap by creating a culture of higher expectations and academic success
  • Creating a rich curriculum that includes the arts
  • Providing advanced training and support so that we can attract the best principals and teachers and keep them in our schools

All of our schools must be centers of excellence so our kids are prepared for college and the workforce. They deserve no less.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

Incumbents Mary Seawell, Andrea Merida and Jeannie Kaplan did not seek re-election to the at-large, District 2 and District 3 seats, respectively. A three-way race for the at-large seat featured Poston, former Lieutenant Governor Barbara O'Brien and Michael Kiley. The District 2 race featured newcomers Rosario C. de Baca and Rosemary Rodriguez. Mike Johnson and Meg Schomp competed to replace Kaplan in District 3. Landri Taylor ran for re-election in District 4 against challenger Roger Kilgore.

Stances on Amendment 66

Colorado voters cast ballots on Amendment 66, a constitutional amendment that increases income taxes to support public education. The following table lists the publicly stated position of each Board of Education candidate on the amendment.

Stances on Amendment 66[6]
Candidate Stated position
Barbara O'Brien Support
Michael Kiley Support
Joan Poston Oppose
Rosario C. de Baca Support
Rosemary Rodriguez Support
Mike Johnson Support
Meg Schomp Support
Landri Taylor Support
Roger Kilgore Support

Conflict of interest concerns

Candidates for the at-large, District 3 and District 4 seats accused their opponents of conflicts of interest. At-large candidate Michael Kiley pointed out that the district has a $350,000 contract with Get Smart Schools, a non-profit organization headed by Barbara O'Brien. O'Brien countered that Kiley's employer, Kronos, provides software to the district. District 3 candidate Meg Schomp believed opponent Mike Johnson could not meet the board's ethical standards due to his work as a school finance consultant. Johnson pointed out that Schomp's husband is an attorney who has represented the district in past legal actions.[7]

District 4 candidate Roger Kilgore asked his opponent, incumbent Landri Taylor, to resign due to a conflict-of-interest allegation. Kilgore noted that Taylor is the CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, which has a $142,962 contract with the district for after-school programs. Taylor criticized Kilgore's request and argued that the agreement occurred after Taylor was a board member. He also suggested that he would recuse himself if the board voted on issues related to agreements with the Urban League.[8]

School reform in Denver

The 2013 election has developed into a referendum on the reforms set in motion by Superintendent Tom Boasberg since his appointment in 2009. Boasberg has increased the district's emphasis on charter schools and closed poor-performing facilities. Opponents of Boasberg's reforms cite a persistent achievement gap between affluent and low-income student populations.[9]

The direction of the seven-member board could change significantly based on the results of this election. Three current members of the board are not seeking re-election. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) has endorsed at-large candidate Kiley, District 2 candidate Rosario C. de Baca, District 3 candidate Meg Schomp and Roger Kilgore in District 4. These candidates want to slow down or halt development of charter schools in the district. Democrats for Education Reform, a non-profit organization supporting Boasberg's reforms, has endorsed at-large candidate Barbara O'Brien, District 2 candidate Rosemary Rodriguez, Mike Johnson in District 3 and District 4 incumbent Landri Taylor.[10] With clear divisions between these two slates of candidates, Denver voters are able to express their views on district policies at the ballot box.

About the district

See also: Denver Public Schools, Colorado
Denver Public Schools is located in Denver County, CO
Denver Public Schools serves students in Denver, the county seat of Denver County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Denver is home to 600,158 residents.[11]

Demographics

Denver outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty in 2010. The average household income in Denver was $47,499 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Denver was 18.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 41.3% of Denver residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2010[11]
Race Denver (%) Colorado (%)
White 68.9 81.3
Black or African American 10.2 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.1
Asian 3.4 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 4.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 31.8 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[12]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 164,196 50.5
Unaffiliated 103,119 31.7
Republican 53,385 16.4
Libertarian 2,880 0.9
Green 1,187 0.4
American Constitution 630 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[13]

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