Mel Hilgenberg

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Mel Hilgenberg
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Former candidate for
Poudre Board of Education, District C
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Mel Hilgenberg was a candidate for the District C seat on the Poudre Board of Education in Colorado. He lost election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Hilgenberg earned his Bachelor's degree in English. He worked as an organizer for the National Education Association for 20 years before his retirement. Hilgenberg has previously run for the Colorado State Board of Education in 2002 and the University of Colorado Board of Regents in 2004 but did not win either election. He has two children and four grandchildren.[1]



See also: Poudre School District elections (2013)


Hilgenberg was defeated by David Trask for the District C seat on November 5, 2013.


Poudre School District, District C General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Trask 64.9% 22,282
     Nonpartisan Mel Hilgenberg 35.1% 12,058
Total Votes 34,340
Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Hilgenberg reported no contributions or expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State.[2]

Campaign themes


In an interview with, Hilgenberg stated that he opposed Amendment 66, which would have increased income tax rates to support public education.[1]

What was at stake?

Incumbent Jim Hayes did not file for re-election in District C, leaving challengers Mel Hilgenberg and David Trask to compete with one another for the seat. Christophe Febvre ran for re-election in District D without opposition. Nicholas Holian ran unopposed for the District E seat formerly held by Patrick Albright, who did not file for the 2013 election.

About the district

See also: Poudre School District, Colorado
Poudre School District is located in Larimer County, CO
Poudre School District is based in Fort Collins and serves students in nearby communities including LaPorte, Red Feather, Stove Prairie and Wellington. Fort Collins is the county seat of Larimer County in northern Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Fort Collins is home to 143,986 residents.[3]


Fort Collins outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty. The average household income in Fort Collins was $51,446 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Fort Collins was 17.2% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 51.5% of Fort Collins residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Fort Collins (%) Colorado (%)
White 89 81.3
Black or African American 1.2 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.1
Asian 2.9 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 10.1 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 68,937 36.6
Republican 64,522 34.3
Democratic 52,249 27.8
Libertarian 1,549 0.8
Green 579 0.3
American Constitution 388 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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