Pueblo City Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Pueblo School District 60, Colorado
Two seats were up for election on the Pueblo City Board of Education. Four candidates sought election to the board on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Phyllis Sanchez and newcomer Patty Milner defeated challengers Frances Montgomery and Anita Stapleton to win the two at-large seats.
About the district
- See also: Pueblo City Schools, Colorado
Pueblo lagged behind state rates for median income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
Method of board member selection
The Pueblo City Board of Education consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Candidates for the Pueblo City Board of Education had to file nominating petitions containing at least 50 valid signatures with the Pueblo County County Clerk by August 30, 2013 in order to qualify for the ballot. State law required candidates to submit disclosures of contributions and expenditures to comply with the Fair Campaign Practices Act on October 15, November 1 and December 5.
Voters in Pueblo were able to request mail ballots from the Pueblo County Elections Department by October 15. These ballots were sent out to registered voters who submitted requests by the deadline starting on October 15. Mailed ballots had to be dropped off at the Pueblo County Elections Department by 7:00pm local time on November 5. Voters could also mail their ballots back to the County Clerk and Recorder though ballots had to arrive by November 5.
- Phyllis Sanchez
- CEO, Senior Care Systems of Colorado, Inc.
- Patty Milner
- Graduate, Sterling College and University of Colorado-Denver
- Program manager, Colorado State University-Pueblo
- Frances Montgomery
- Anita Stapleton
- Registered nurse
|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|
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
|Pueblo City Board of Education, At-large, November 1, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Rose A. Holloway||21.1%||10,741|
|Nonpartisan||George E. McNinch||19.2%||9,749|
|Source: Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder|
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.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Pueblo City Board of Education election in 2013:
|August 7, 2013||Last day for nominating petitions to be made available to candidates.|
|August 30, 2013||Last day to file nominating petitions.|
|September 3, 2013||Last day to file as a write-in candidate.|
|October 15, 2013||Candidates must file first Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.|
|October 15, 2013||First day ballots are mailed to registered voters in Pueblo County.|
|November 1, 2013||Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.|
|November 5, 2013||General election and last day for voters to submit mailed ballots to the Pueblo County Elections Department.|
|November 22, 2013||Certification of general election votes.|
|December 5, 2013||Candidates must file third Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.|
Additional elections on the ballot
This election shared the ballot with two statewide measures. Voters decided on a ballot measure dealing with excise taxes and sales taxes on marijuana sales in Colorado, which passed. They also voted to reject Amendment 66, which was an initiated constitutional amendment to raise the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts.
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- Colorado school board elections focus on Amendment 66, school reform
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- Pueblo School District 60, Colorado
- Colorado 2013 ballot measures
- Pueblo County, Colorado ballot measures
- 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
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Fair Campaign Practices Act," accessed October 23, 2013
- Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder, "FAQs," accessed October 30, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2013 Election Calendar," accessed July 8, 2013