Greeley-Evans School District 6 elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Greeley-Evans School District 6
Weld County, Colorado ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Colorado
Four seats on the Greeley-Evans School District 6 school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Roger Alan DeWitt and newcomers Steve Hall, John Haefeli and Rhonda Solis defeated incumbent Paleri Mann and challengers Donna Downey, Ron Brecheisen and Logan Mahan to win the four at-large seats. Downey, Hall, Brecheisen and Mahan decided to run as "The Fab Four" slate due to their shared conservative positions on issues, such as Amendment 66.
About the districtWeld County, Colorado. The county seat of Weld County is Greeley, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Weld County is home to 263,691 residents.
Weld County underperformed the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Weld County was $55,825 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Weld County was 13.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 25.6% of Weld County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.
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.
Method of board member selection
The seven members of the Greeley-Evans School District 6 school board are elected at-large to serve four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.
Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on August 7, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was August 30, 2013.
|Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Roger Alan DeWitt Incumbent||13.6%||9,773|
|Nonpartisan||Paleri Mann Incumbent||8.5%||6,142|
|Source: Weld County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Weld County Coordinated Election," November 15, 2013|
No official endorsements were made in this election.
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
|Roger Alan DeWitt||$3,440.00||$3,440.00||$0.00|
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What was at stake?
Four seats on the board were at stake in this election. Two incumbents, Roger Alan DeWitt and Paleri Mann, filed for re-election while fellow incumbents Scott Rankin and Linda J. Trimberger decided not to run. They competed with six challengers in Donna Downey, Rhonda Solis, Steve Hall, Ron Brecheisen, John Haefeli and Logan Mahan for the four open seats.
Issues in the election
Amendment 66 was an initiated constitutional amendment on the Colorado ballot that would have raised the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts. The Colorado Legislative Council estimated that the current state funding of approximately $5.5 billion would rise by $915 million if the measure had passed, which it did not. This issue divided the candidates, with Roger Alan DeWitt, Paleri Mann, Rhonda Solis and John Haefeli in support of the measure and Ron Brecheisen, Donna Downey, Steve Hall and Logan Mahan opposing it.
Issues in the district
Board member resignation
Until his resignation from the board in 2012, board member Brett Reese frequently served as a lightning rod for criticism within the district. The school board censured Reese in 2008 after he allegedly touched a teacher in a sexually suggestive manner. Reese defended himself by claiming that he was only admiring the teacher's wedding ring.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Greeley-Evans School District 6 election in 2013:
|August 7, 2013||Last day for nominating petitions to be made available to candidates|
|August 30, 2013||Last day to file nominating petitions|
|September 3, 2013||Last day to file as a write-in candidate|
|October 15, 2013||Candidates must file first Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures|
|November 1, 2013||Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures|
|November 5, 2013||General election|
|December 5, 2013||Candidates must file third Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures|
Additional elections on the ballot
This election shared the ballot with two statewide measures. Voters decided on a ballot measure dealing with excise taxes and sales taxes on marijuana sales in Colorado, which passed. They also voted to reject Amendment 66, which was an initiated constitutional amendment to raise the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts. Weld County residents also cast ballots regarding whether or not Weld County and ten other northern Colorado counties should collaborate to pursue the creation of a 51st state separate from Colorado. Other local elections, such as for Greeley Mayor and City Council as well as the Aims Community College board, also appeared on the ballot.
- Colorado school board elections focus on Amendment 66, school reform
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- Greeley-Evans School District 6, Colorado
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Weld County, Colorado ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Colorado
- Greeley-Evans School District 6, "Our Board of Education," accessed August 5, 2013
- Sherrie Peif, Greeley Tribune, "Greeley-Evans District 6 school board election draws slate of candidates dubbed ‘Fab Four’," October 16, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Weld County, Colorado," accessed September 26, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed September 26, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Greeley-Evans School District 6, "School Director Election Timeline," accessed October 2, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Legislative Council Staff, Education Policy Center, "Table 1," accessed October 7, 2013
- Facebook, "Parents for District 6 School Reform," accessed October 7, 2013
- The Denver Channel, "Controversial Greeley-Evans School Board Member Resigns," February 1, 2012
- P. Solomon Banda, 9News.com, "Brett Reese, Greeley School Board Member, Blasts MLK Day," January 16, 2011
- Christina Dickinson and Matt Flener, 9News.com, "Greeley-Evans school board member publically (sic) censured, he denies allegations," May 19, 2011
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2013 Election Calendar," accessed July 8, 2013
- Analisa Romano, Greeley Tribune, "School tax measure, 51st state top election ballot," November 2, 2013