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Ryan Thompson (Colorado)

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Ryan Thompson
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Harrison School District Two, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthRoosevelt, Utah
ProfessionMaintenance worker
Ryan Thompson was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Harrison School District Two Board of Directors in Colorado. He lost his election bid against four fellow challengers on November 5, 2013.


Thompson was born and raised in Roosevelt, Utah. He currently works for the maintenance department at Pinion Valley Elementary. He and his wife, Aminta, have one son.[1]



See also: Harrison School District Two elections (2013)


Thompson ran against four fellow challengers on November 5, 2013.

Election results

Harrison School District Two, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce L. Leigh 24.5% 3,213
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDoriena S. Longmire 22.7% 2,986
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven R. Seibert 18.8% 2,471
     Nonpartisan Ryan Thompson 18.8% 2,468
     Nonpartisan Aaron Simpson 15.2% 1,998
Total Votes 13,136
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013


Thompson reported $106.46 in contributions and $106.46 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[2]


Thompson did not receive any endorsements.

Campaign themes

Thompson stated the following as his campaign priorities on the Harrison School District Two website:[1]

We cannot educate our kids if we cannot provide a secure atmosphere to conduct that education.

There are so many different lines of communication in education and it frequently gets confused. Most of the confusion I see is between the teachers, parents and the children. One of my main goals is to eliminate what I call teacher speak. Most of us outside education do not know what an ILP, CSAP, TCAP, SAT, is, which means we need to be much more professional in how we communicate.

I would never make any claim of understanding finances that is not where any of my knowledge lies. Though I do know a bit about waste and where common sense cuts can be made. I am not afraid to ask the tough questions nor will I settle for answers that do not make sense. As your representative I will make sure every penny of you money is well spent.

Schools over the years have become more than a place of education. The school building is the anchor of the neighborhoods that surrounds it. The property values of the homes surrounding the schools are greatly influenced by the schools appearance. As a school district we must have an understanding of that fact and work to maintain our facilities.

School is for the children, and during those hours that's where our concentration must be. However during off school hours we have to maintain a healthy community relationship. Our facilities must be open some public use. Our playgrounds and our sports fields must welcome our children's activities. As a school district we must remember that we are at the service of our children of course, but also our community.

What was at stake?

Current member Eileen Lynch Gonzalez sought re-election to the board to continue the term she was appointed to earlier this year when Keith Varney vacated his seat. Incumbents Deborah Hendrix, Richard Price and Linda Pugh were ineligible to run for additional terms 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."

About the district

See also: Harrison School District Two, Colorado
Harrison School District Two is located in El Paso County, CO
Harrison School District Two is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County. According to the 2010 US Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.[3]


Colorado Springs lagged behind state averages for median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010. The average household income in Colorado Springs was $53,747 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Colorado Springs was 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 36.1% of Colorado Springs residents aged 25 years and older earned a Bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Colorado Springs(%) Colorado (%)
White 78.8 81.3
Black or African American 6.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 3 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 141,493 45.7
Unaffiliated 95,849 31
Democratic 68,290 22.1
Libertarian 2,417 0.8
American Constitution 730 0.2
Green 635 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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