Aurora Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Aurora Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
See also
Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
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Four seats were up for election on the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education. Amber Drevon, Eric Nelson, JulieMarie Shepherd and Barbara Yamrick defeated Jasper Armstrong to win seats on November 5, 2013.

About the district

See also: Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
Aurora Public Schools is located in Arapahoe County, CO
Aurora Public Schools serves K-12 students in Aurora, Colorado. Aurora is located primarily in Arapahoe County though sections of the city are located in Adams and Douglas Counties. According to the 2010 US Census, Aurora is home to 325,078 residents.[1]


Aurora lagged behind the rest of Colorado in median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Aurora was $50,468 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Aurora was 16.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Aurora residents aged 25 years and older earned a Bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Aurora (%) Colorado (%)
White 61.1 81.3
Black or African American 15.7 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 4.9 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.2 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 28.7 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 104,622 34.7
Republican 99,306 33
Unaffiliated 93,858 31.2
Libertarian 2,019 0.7
Green 537 0.2
American Constitution 486 0.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]

Method of board member selection

The Aurora Public Schools Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was no primary election, and the general election took place on November 5, 2013. Four seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Candidates for the Board of Education had to file nominating petitions containing at least 50 valid signatures with the County Clerk by August 30, 2013 in order to qualify for the ballot. State law required candidates to submit disclosures of contributions and expenditures to comply with the Fair Campaign Practices Act on October 15, November 1 and December 5.[5]

Voters within the district were able to request mail ballots from the County Clerk by October 15. These ballots were sent out to registered voters who submitted requests by the deadline starting on October 15. Mailed ballots had to be dropped off at approved locations maintained by Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties by 7:00pm local time on November 5. Voters could also mail their ballots back to the County Clerk though ballots had to arrive by November 5.[6]




  • Jasper Armstrong
    • Youth intervention specialist, Overland High School
  • Amber Drevon
    • Graduate, University of Denver
    • Billing manager, United Martial Arts Center
  • Eric Nelson
    • Graduate, Southeastern University
    • Owner, Global Family Insurance
  • JulieMarie Shepherd
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Colorado
    • Researcher, Colorado Department of Education
  • Barbara Yamrick
    • Graduate, University of Colorado
    • Substitute teacher


Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulieMarie Shepherd Incumbent 22.5% 16,466
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Nelson 20.6% 15,065
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmber Drevon 19.5% 14,283
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Yamrick 18.9% 13,826
     Nonpartisan Jasper Armstrong 18.6% 13,614
Total Votes 73,254
Source: Adams County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013, Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 22, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $6,592.00 and spent a total of $5,093.23 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[7]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jasper Armstrong $2,300.00 $1,421.98 $878.02
Eric Nelson $1,361.00 $1,245.68 $115.32
JulieMarie Shepherd $2,931.00 $2,330.57 $735.99
Barbara Yamrick $0.00 $95.00 -$95.00


The Aurora Sentinel endorsed Jasper Armstrong, Amber Drevon, Eric Nelson and JulieMarie Shepherd on October 24, 2013.[8]

Past elections


Aurora Public Schools canceled elections scheduled for November 1, 2011 as only incumbent Mary Lewis and newcomers Dan Jorgenson and Cathy Wildman filed for three available seats.[9]

What was at stake?

JulieMarie Shepherd was the only incumbent to seek re-election in the 2013 election. Board members Jane Barber, Jeanette Carmany and Matthew Cook were ineligible to run for third terms because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Aurora Public Schools election in 2013:[10]

Deadline Event
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.
October 15, 2013 First day ballots are mailed to registered voters in Arapahoe County.
November 1, 2013 Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.
November 5, 2013 General election and last day for voters to submit mailed ballots at ballot drop-off locations.
November 22, 2013 Certification of general election votes.
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. Residents of Aurora voted for five City Council seats including two at-large members and seats in Wards 1, 2 and 3.[11].[12] 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.

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