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Randy Perlis

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Randy Perlis
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Board Member, Cherry Creek School District, District D
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 8
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2007
Term limitsN/A
Master'sUniversity of Texas, Arlington
Office website
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Randy Perlis currently represents District D on the Cherry Creek School Board in Colorado. He was first elected to the board in 2007. Perlis won re-election on November 5, 2013.


Perlis resides in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Perlis earned a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas, Arlington. He has spent more than 35 years as a chemist for a variety of employers and teaches chemistry courses at the University of Northern Colorado.[1]



See also: Cherry Creek School District elections (2013)


Perlis ran against newcomer Brian Arnold to keep the District D seat on the Cherry Creek school board on November 5, 2013.


Cherry Creek School District, Four-year term, District D, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Perlis Incumbent 58.2% 28,161
     Nonpartisan Brian Arnold 41.8% 20,245
Total Votes 48,406
Source: Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Consolidated Election," November 22, 2013


Perlis reported $3,155.16 in contributions and $0.00 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $3,155.16 on hand.[2]


Perlis received endorsements for his campaign from the Cherry Creek Education Association and the Aurora Sentinel.[3][4]


Cherry Creek School District, District D General Election, 6-year term, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Perlis 60.2% 15,125
     Nonpartisan Steve de Carteret 39.8% 10,016
Total Votes 25,141
Source: Arapahoe County, Colorado, "2007 Coordinated Election" accessed October 8, 2013

Campaign themes

Perlis's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[5]

  • School Board representation at all levels, elementary, middle, and high school.
  • Committed to Safe and secure schools
  • Focus on high academic standards that increase opportunities for Cherry Creek graduates
  • Long term commitment to Cherry Creek Schools. Randy will have children in Cherry Creek Schools for another 8 years
  • Randy believes in giving teachers the right tools, time, and continuing education opportunities to increase effectiveness or their professional teaching skills.
  • Give students not only the tools to get into college, but to graduate from college, and obtain high salary career opportunities
  • Give students the skills to compete successfully in a worldwide economy

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

In response to a survey conducted by the Aurora Sentinel, Perlis explained his support for Amendment 66:[6]

Amendment 66 does provide the Cherry Creek School District with additional funds. It also provides extra resources for early childhood education and special education students. The amendment fails to make up funds lost due to the cuts made over the past few years under the adjustments from Amendment 23. The funds help some districts more than others.

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were at stake in this election. District D incumbent Perlis fended off a challenge from local parent Brian Arnold, and newcomer Karen Fisher ran unopposed for the seat left vacant by board president Jennifer Churchfield. Churchfield 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."[7]

About the district

See also: Cherry Creek School District, Colorado
Cherry Creek School District is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado
Cherry Creek School District is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. The county seat of Arapahoe County is Littleton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Arapahoe County is home to 595,546 residents.[8]


Arapahoe County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Arapahoe County is $59,937 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Arapahoe County is 11.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 38.3% of Arapahoe County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Arapahoe County (%) State (%)
White 79.1 88.1
Black or African American 10.7 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.6
Asian 5.3 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 3.6 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 18.6 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[9]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 130,181 34.46
Democratic 127,697 33.80
Republican 115,930 30.69
Libertarian 2,567 0.68
Green 735 0.19
American Constitution 648 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.[10] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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