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Luis Mella

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Luis Mella
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Brighton School District, District 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWichita State University
Master'sUniversity of Colorado, Denver
Ph.D.University of Colorado, Denver
ProfessionDirector of technology
Luis Mella was a candidate for the District 6 seat on the Brighton School Board in Colorado. He lost election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Mella resides in Adams County, Colorado. Mella emigrated from Chile to Kansas as a young man and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, living in the Brighton area since 1990. He received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University before earning a Master's degree and Ed.D. from the University of Colorado, Denver.[1] Mella is employed as the director of technology for Mapleton Public Schools.[2]



See also: Brighton School District elections (2013)


Mella lost to incumbent Teresa R. Gallegos in his attempt to win the District 6 seat on the Brighton school board on November 5, 2013.

Brighton School District, District 6 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTeresa R. Gallegos Incumbent 42% 4,761
     Nonpartisan David S. Gill 34.5% 3,907
     Nonpartisan Stanley Hiller 17.2% 1,946
     Nonpartisan Luis Mella 6.4% 726
Total Votes 11,340
Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Adams County Coordinated Election," November 19, 2013


Mella reported no contributions or expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State.[3]


Mella did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

In an interview with The Standard Blade, Mella cited "school funding, student achievement and teacher effectiveness" as his primary concerns and added that he was a supporter of Amendment 66.[2]

What was at stake?

Five seats on the board were at stake in this election. District 2 incumbent Kristi Crisman did not file for re-election, but no other candidates filed for the vacant seat either, which left it open to a write-in candidate. Rick Doucet ran a write-in campaign and won the seat.[4] District 4 incumbent Joan Kniss 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."[5] Newcomer Michael K. Landwehr ran unopposed for the open seat. Districts 5 and 6 incumbents Patrick D. Day and Teresa R. Gallegos faced a total of four challengers, while District 7 incumbent Gregory Piotraschke also ran unopposed for re-election.

About the district

See also: Brighton School District, Colorado
Brighton School District is located in Adams County, Colorado
Brighton School District 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.[6]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
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[7]
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.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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