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|Former candidate for|
|Poudre Board of Education, District C|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||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.
- 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|
|Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013|
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
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Coloradoan.com, "Two seek to represent northeast Fort Collins on PSD board," October 15, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts:Fort Collins, accessed October 24, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014