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|Pueblo City Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Master's||University of Colorado-Denver|
|Ph.D.||University of Colorado-Colorado Springs|
Milner earned a B.A. in Communications from Sterling College in 1999. She later earned a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2005. Milner also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She worked for seven years as the assessment and training director at Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo County. Milner currently works as a program manager for the External Degree and Independent Study Department at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
- See also: Pueblo City Schools elections (2013)
|Pueblo City Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Phyllis Sanchez Incumbent||30.8%||13,559|
|Source: Pueblo County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 20, 2013|
Milner did not receive any endorsements in the 2013 campaign.
Milner explained her reasons for running in 2013 on her campaign's Facebook page:
“All of Pueblo’s children should have access to high quality educational opportunities. I want to ensure that Pueblo City Schools is creating these kinds of opportunities for all students.
Patty believes in the potential of Pueblo because of her first-hand experience with families and children as a teacher, youth development professional and higher education administrator.
She recognizes that our local schools face many challenges, which need to be addressed with “creative and thoughtful leadership, a commitment to data-driven decision making, and engagement from the larger community.”
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Incumbent Phyllis Sanchez sought re-election to the board. Fellow member Stephanie Garcia was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office." Sanchez was challenged by Patty Milner, Frances Montgomery and Anita Stapleton for two available seats.
About the district
- See also: Pueblo City Schools, Colorado
Pueblo lagged behind state rates for median income, poverty and higher education achievement in 2010. The average household income in Pueblo was $34,750 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Pueblo was 22% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 19% of Pueblo 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.
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- LinkedIn, "Patricia Milner, Ph.D.," accessed October 30, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Facebook, "Patty Milner," accessed October 30, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Pueblo, accessed October 30, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014