Linda Van Matre

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Linda Van Matre
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Board Member, Academy School District 20, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2009
Next generalNovember, 2017
AppointedFebruary, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDeVry Institute of Technology
Master'sUniversity of Denver
ProfessionFitness instructor
Office website
Campaign website
Linda Van Matre is an at-large member of the Academy School District 20 Board of Education in Colorado. She was appointed to the chamber in February 2009. Van Matre won re-election to her seat on November 5, 2013.


Van Matre resides in El Paso County, Colorado. Van Matre graduated from the DeVry Institute of Technology in 1985 with a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems before earning her Master's degree in the same field from the University of Denver in 1991. She spent seven years employed with US West Communications as a programmer, systems analyst and project manager, and she has also spent time teaching computer courses at the University of Denver. From 2005 to 2010, Van Matre worked as an aquatic fitness instructor at the Briargate Family YMCA.[1]



See also: Academy School District 20 elections (2013)


Van Matre, Catherine Bullock and Larry Norman Borland defeated Shannon Mendes and Andrea Van Nort to win three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Academy School District 20, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Bullock Incumbent 24% 12,019
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Van Matre Incumbent 23.2% 11,642
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Norman Borland 23.1% 11,576
     Nonpartisan Andrea Van Nort 18.6% 9,305
     Nonpartisan Shannon Mendes 11.2% 5,604
Total Votes 50,146
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013


Van Matre reported $2,445.00 in contributions and $1,401.89 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $1,043.11 on hand.[2]


Van Matre received endorsements for her 2013 campaign from former board member Elizabeth Anderson, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Housing & Building Association and the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors.[3][4]


Academy School District 20, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Lundberg Incumbent 18.9% 8,938
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Van Matre Incumbent 17.1% 8,057
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Bullock 16% 7,546
     Nonpartisan Tracey Johnson 9.4% 4,438
     Nonpartisan Terry Kunkel 9.4% 4,426
     Nonpartisan Fran Reichert 8.1% 3,847
     Nonpartisan Mark Smith 7.9% 3,731
     Nonpartisan Dan Reifschneider 7% 3,328
     Nonpartisan James M. Jenista 6.2% 2,924
Total Votes 47,235
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2009 El Paso County Coordinated Election," accessed October 8, 2013

Campaign themes

Van Matre's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[5]

  • Access to quality education for every child
  • Wide variety of exceptional academic, arts and athletic programs for kids
  • Competitive compensation to attract and retain the best teachers
  • Accountability to the public and transparency in every aspect of district operations
  • School choice and district culture that values parent involvement and volunteerism

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

What was at stake?

Three seats, including those of the board president, vice president and treasurer were at stake. Doug Lundberg, who served as the vice president of the board, was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."[6] Incumbents Linda Van Matre and Catherine Bullock ran for re-election against challengers Shannon Mendes, Larry Norman Borland and Andrea Van Nort.[7]

About the district

See also: Academy School District 20, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves the northern portion of Colorado Springs. The county seat of El Paso County is Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 US Census, El Paso County is home to 644,964 residents.[8]


El Paso County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its poverty rate, but underperformed in terms of its average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in El Paso County is $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County is 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 attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.3 88.3
Black or African American 6.7 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 2.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.4 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 15.4 20.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[9]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 171,858 41.57
Unaffiliated 145,540 35.21
Democratic 90,772 21.96
Libertarian 3,255 0.79
American Constitution 1,040 0.25
Green 928 0.22

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.[10]

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