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|Board Member, Cherry Creek School District, District D|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 2007|
|Master's||University of Texas, Arlington|
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.
|Cherry Creek School District, Four-year term, District D, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Randy Perlis Incumbent||58.2%||28,161|
|Source: Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Consolidated Election," November 22, 2013|
|Cherry Creek School District, District D General Election, 6-year term, 2007|
|Nonpartisan||Steve de Carteret||39.8%||10,016|
|Source: Arapahoe County, Colorado, "2007 Coordinated Election" accessed October 8, 2013|
Perlis's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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 any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."
About the district
- See also: Cherry Creek School District, Colorado
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.
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- Cherry Creek School District, "2013 Board of Education Election," accessed October 8, 2013 (dead link)
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Adam Goldstein, Aurora Sentinel, "Are fewer school board candidates a mark of approval, or a sign of indifference?," November 1, 2013
- Aurora Sentinel, "Editorial: Sentinel choices for school board: Cherry Creek: Perlis; APS: Nelson, Armstrong, Shepherd and Drevon," October 24, 2013
- Elect Randy Perlis, "Education Values and Vision," accessed October 8, 2013 (timed out)
- Adam Goldstein, Aurora Sentinel, "Vote '13 - Cherry Creek School Board," October 14, 2013
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- United States Census Bureau, "Arapahoe County, Colorado," accessed October 4, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014