Rocci Bryan

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Rocci Bryan
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Thompson Board of Education, District E
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionLoan consultant
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Campaign website
Rocci Bryan was a candidate for the District E seat on the Thompson Board of Education in Colorado. He lost election to the board against challenger Lori Hvizda Ward on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Bryan has worked in the financial industry since 1976 and currently works as a loan consultant for Caliber Home Loans. He serves as a board member with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. Bryan also coordinates the Paint Our Town Service Club.[1][2]

Elections

2013

See also: Thompson School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Bryan sought election to the board against fellow challenger Lori Hvizda Ward on November 5, 2013.

Election results

Thompson Board of Education, District E General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLori Hvizda Ward 52.2% 15,299
     Nonpartisan Rocci Bryan 47.8% 14,012
Total Votes 29,311
Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013

Funding

Bryan reported $7,467.81 in contributions and $7,467.81 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Bryan earned the endorsement of Liberty Watch Colorado in the 2013 election.[4]

Campaign themes

2013

Bryan's campaign website listed the following issues for 2013:[5]

Student potential

"Students who should be taking advanced classes, are not able to so because Thompson School District does not have enough teachers to teach at this level. This is holding students back and thereby preventing them from reaching their full potential. Students who do not reach their full potential also are not reaching their full achievement level."

Graduation rates

"Graduation rates are 77.3% for 4 year graduates. This has to improve. By students not graduating on time this is putting them 1 to 2 years behind their peers. School systems must improve graduation rates by guiding, encouraging and helping students achieve this single most important goal. Employers want employees who are committed. Employees must be committed to themselves as well as the company they work for."

College preparation

"When graduates get into college, too many (as much as 40%) have to take remedial classes just to catch up and begin to take college courses. As I mentioned earlier, if students take out loans to pay for their education they spend a lot of this on courses that should be learned in high school. By taking remedial classes this is again keeping students from learning at the same rate as their peers which reduces their marketability to employers."

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


What was at stake?

Incumbent Jeff Berg competed with challengers Kathleen D. Hatanaka and Donna Rice to fill an unexpired two-year term in District A. Berg was appointed to the seat in August 2012 to replace Lola Johnson. Challenger Bryce Carlson faced incumbent Janice Marchman for the District B seat. Board members Sharon Olson (District E) and Leonard Sherman (District F) did not file for re-election. The District E race featured newcomers Bryan and Lori Hvizda Ward. Carl Langner and Gerald Lauer who ran for the open seat in District F.[6]

About the district

See also: Thompson School District, Colorado
Thompson School District is located in Larimer County, CO
Thompson School District is based out of Loveland, Colorado in Larimer County. The district serves students in Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins as well as sections of Boulder and Weld Counties. According to the 2010 US Census, Larimer County is home to 299,630 residents.[7]

Demographics

Larimer County outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty. The average household income in Larimer County was $57,215 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Larimer County was 13.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 43.1% of Larimer County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Larimer County (%) Colorado (%)
White 93.5 88.1
Black or African American 1 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.6
Asian 2.1 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.3 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 10.8 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[8]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 68,937 36.6
Republican 64,522 34.3
Democratic 52,249 27.8
Libertarian 1,549 0.8
Green 579 0.3
American Constitution 388 0.2


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.[9]

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