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Steven R. Seibert

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Steven R. Seibert
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Board Member, Harrison School District Two, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Steven R. Seibert is an at-large member of the Harrison School District Two Board of Directors in Colorado. He first won election to the board in 2013.


Seibert has spent ten years self-employed as managing partner of Jay-Gee Properties. He attended Mesa State College and Pikes Peak Community College.[1]



See also: Harrison School District Two elections (2013)


Seibert 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


Seibert reported $735.00 in contributions and $0.00 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $735.00 on hand.[2]


Seibert was endorsed by the HBA Political Action Committee (PAC).[3]

Campaign themes

Seibert stated the following in an interview with The Gazette:[1]

What major challenges face your school district and how would you solve them, aside from additional funding?
Hsd2's largest opportunities for improvement continue to be academic improvement and graduation rate. Through pay for performance and the retention of the high performing teachers, we will continue to improve academically. Graduation rates however need to be looked at in a whole new light. If we look at community partnerships, corporate internships, and other vocational avenues we can recapture a large number of students who feel high school and college will simply not benefit them.

With budget constraints in place, what areas would you concentrate on?
Student contact is the number one most vital element to education. All other areas must take the largest budgetary impact first, prior to any program or staff being affected.

This year, voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 66, which would raise $950 million in additional taxes for education. If the amendment passes, how should the money be allocated in your district?
I am truly a proponent of head start and funding schools. I am even in favor of tax increases to fund well defined school programs. I do not believe however Amendment 66 is one of these well defined and strictly accountable measures.

Why don't most districts get beyond 70 percent student proficiency on state assessments?
Books could be written on this subject and not conclusively answer the matter at hand. If I may oversimplify my position on state standards and testing, I would have to refer to the bell curve data collection. We simply expect a small number to fail , a small number to be high functioning, and the rest to fall some where in the middle. 70% is exactly that average students, average by measure of the largest part of their piers. An "A" student is suddenly a failure in a class of geniuses!

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.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
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[5]
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.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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