|Board Member, Mesa County Valley School District 51, At-large|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Northern Colorado|
|Master's||Western State College|
|(timed out) Campaign website|
Parrish has his Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and his Master's degree in Education from Western State College. He and his wife have three children who graduated District 51 schools, as well as three grandchildren that are now attending. He is currently a Licensed Professional Educator (LPE) at the College of Graduate and Adult Studies at Grand Junction.
Parrish defeated challenger Michael Z. Lowenstein for the District D seat on November 5, 2013.
|Mesa County Valley School District 51, District D General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Michael Z. Lowenstein||40.9%||14,966|
|Source: Mesa County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," accessed December 16, 2013|
Parrish was endorsed by The Daily Sentinel, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and "Strong Schools, Strong Communities."
Parrish stated the following about his campaign priorities on his website:
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Three seats on the Mesa County Valley School Board were up for election. Current District C seat holder John Williams and District E seat holder and Board President Greg Mikolai sought re-election to their seats, while District D seat holder Leslie Kiesler was term-limited.
About the districtMesa County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Mesa County is home to 146,723 residents.
Mesa County underperformed in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011 compared to the state of Colorado. The median household income in Mesa County is $52,986 compared to $57,685 statewide. The poverty rate in Mesa County is 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Mesa County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Tom Parrish, "About Tom," accessed November 1, 2013 (timed out) (timed out)
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Letter to the Editor The Daily Sentinel, "LETTER: Re-elect Greg Mikolai to the school board," published October 16, 2013
- Tom Parrish, "ACE Plan," accessed November 1, 2013 (timed out) (timed out)
- United States Census Bureau, "Mesa County, Colorado," accessed October 31, 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