Aurora Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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|
|Nonpartisan||JulieMarie Shepherd Incumbent||22.5%||16,466|
|Source: Adams County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013, Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 22, 2013|
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
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.
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 any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."
The following dates were key deadlines for the Aurora Public Schools 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.|
|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.. 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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- Colorado school board elections focus on Amendment 66, school reform
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
- Colorado 2013 ballot measures
- Arapahoe County, Colorado ballot measures
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Aurora, accessed: November 18, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Fair Campaign Practices Act," accessed October 23, 2013
- Adams County Clerk, "Voter Service & Polling Centers," accessed October 24, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Aurora Sentinel, "EDITORIAL: Sentinel choices for school board: Cherry Creek: Perlis; APS: Nelson, Armstrong, Shepherd and Drevon," October 24, 2013
- Denver Post, "Cherry Creek and Aurora school districts in Colorado cancel board elections because of lack of candidates," September 2, 2011
- Colorado Secretary of State, "2013 Election Calendar," accessed July 8, 2013
- City of Aurora, "Upcoming Elections," accessed July 8, 2013
- Adams County Elections, "Certified List of Ballot Content," accessed October 24, 2013