Amy Speers

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Amy Speers
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Board Member, Adams 12 School Board, District 4
Former candidate
Education
Bachelor'sEmory University
Personal
ProfessionRegistered nurse
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Amy Speers was a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Adams 12 Five Star School Board in Colorado. She was ruled ineligible to run for the seat on October 29, 2013 after Adams 12 Five Star district administrators discovered that her home residence was not located within District 4.[1] She released a statement following the decision apologizing for what she labeled an "oversight" and claiming that the district's election official had confirmed in August that she had "met all of the legal requirements" to be a candidate in District 4.[2] Her name remained on the ballot as disqualification took place after ballots were printed.The county certified Speers as the winner but state law requires the board to fill the seat with a temporary replacement within 60 days of the election.[3]

Biography

Speers resides in Adams County, Colorado. Speers graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from Emory University and worked as a school nurse before taking her current position as a public health nurse at the Tri-County Health Department.[4] She was under consideration for the board seat vacated by Heidi Williams in March, 2012, but the board appointed Rico Figueroa to the seat instead.[5]

Elections

2013

See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Speers challenged incumbent Rico Figueroa for the District 4 seat on the Adams 12 School Board on November 5, 2013. On October 29, Speers was ruled ineligible to run for the seat after Adams 12 Five Star district administrators discovered that her home residence was not located within District 4.[6] Speers released a statement following the decision apologizing for what she labeled an "oversight" and claiming that the district's election official had confirmed in August that she had "met all of the legal requirements" to be a candidate in District 4.[7] Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler ordered the county to set aside votes for Speers following the election. On November 18, a district judge in Denver ordered these votes to be counted after a challenge by district residents.[3]

Results

Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Speers 63.6% 19,180
     Nonpartisan Rico Figueroa Incumbent 36.4% 10,971
Total Votes 30,151
Source: Adams County, Colorado "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013

Funding

Speers reported $4,349.79 in contributions and $2,415.67 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $1,934.12 on hand.[8]

Endorsements

Speers did not receive any official endorsements during her campaign.

Campaign themes

In response to a candidate survey, Speers stated that the following was the largest issue confronting the school district:[9]

"I think accountability is a significant problem in the district now and will continue to be unless it is addressed. Parents need to have faith that the district is doing its best to provide the public education that they expect. Teachers need to know they will have the tools necessary to provide that education. I feel open and honest communication can bring back the accountability that the district once had."

Speers' campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[10]

  • Cultivating resolute relationships between faculty and parents is important in providing the best education for the students at Adams 12. Parents are often the first teacher in a child’s life, and conversations around the dinner table about a book they are reading in English class can lead to wonderful discussions between parents and siblings. Building strong bridges between parents and teachers will only strengthen those conversations at home.
  • The children of Adams 12 Five Star schools are not all the same. Their skin has different colors, their voices or hands speak different languages, and their brains and bodies work and learn differently. Students learn empathy when helping a classmate in Special Education during a Physical Education class. They learn about another culture when a student from Russia brings in traditional family treats during holidays. By providing the best education for every student, including those in Special Education, English Language Learners, and Gifted and Talented students, we can ensure that every student is prepared for life after their education at Adams 12.
  • It is essential that we seek out and hire the most exceptional teachers and staff at Adams 12. Retention is important in establishing a consistent education, and we must make certain that salaries and benefits are competitive with neighboring school districts in order to employ and retain the best faculty for our students.

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


What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were at stake in this election. Incumbent Rico Figueroa ran unopposed to keep his District 4 seat after challenger Amy Speers was deemed ineligible to run due to her residency outside of the district, while in District 3, the retirement of current board member Dr. Frederick J. Schaefer left the seat open to newcomers Joshua Bastian, Debbie Christensen, David Elliott and Kathy Plomer. On November 5, the Colorado Secretary of State issued a rule stating that votes for disqualified candidates cannot be reported, which includes Speers.[11]

About the district

See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado. The county seat of Adams County is Brighton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Adams County is home to 459,598 residents.[12]

Demographics

Adams County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Adams County is $56,089 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Adams County is 14.0% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 20.7% of Adams County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2012[12]
Race Adams County (%) State (%)
White 87.4 88.1
Black or African American 3.5 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.6
Asian 3.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.8 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 38.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[13]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 96,016 37.65
Democratic 91,925 36.04
Republican 64,406 25.25
Libertarian 1,665 0.65
American Constitution 599 0.23
Green 440 0.18

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[14]


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