Barbra Chase Burke
|Barbra Chase Burke|
|Board Member, Douglas County School District, District B|
|Elections and appointments|
|Term limits||2 Consecutive Terms|
|Bachelor's||Iowa State University|
|Profession||Regional Sales Manager|
Barbra Chase Burke attended Iowa State University where she studied marketing. Burke is a co-founder of Organization in-a-box, an organization that assisted in training several Douglas County School Parent Teacher Groups in 2011-2012. She is also the Regional Sales Manager for SumTotal Systems, Inc.. She is married to her husband Sean and the couple have two daughters. 
As of August 30, 2013, Burke has not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions. 
Barbra Chase Burke has received an endorsement from Steven Boand, former Douglas County Commissioner and Castle Rock mayor.
About the district The county seat is Castle Rock, named after a notable nearby butte. The district lies on the Colorado Piedmont and features woodlands and mesas.
Douglas County outperforms the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and graduation rates in 2011. The average household income in Douglas County was $101,193 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Douglas County was 3.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 54.6% of Douglas County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.
About Director District B
District B is one of seven single-member electoral districts located within Douglas County. It is the largest district geographically, covering the western half of the county.
What's at stake?
Four seats, including that of the board president, are at stake. John Carson, the incumbent in District B, is not running for re-election. Barbra Chase Burke is running for election to the seat. Carson, who was first elected to the board in 2005, is ineligible to run for another term 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 Republican majority on the school board, responsible for instituting merit-based pay for teachers, could be ousted during this election.
- Two candidates, Democrat Ronda Scholting and unaffiliated Nicholas Land have already filed with the Colorado Secretary of State to challenge for Meghann Silverthorn's seat.
The board's efforts regarding education reform have in the past been controversial including a voucher program, dissolution of the teachers' union agreement and a pay-for-performance plan.
The campaign for the four seats has been influenced by rival groups.
- Voices for Public Education, a locally founded group sponsored by Taxpayers for Public Education.
- DougCo Champions for Kids
- Douglas County Federation Teachers' Union
Though Colorado school boards are officially nonpartisan, Douglas County has drawn mixed reactions for board members' outward party affiliation and support. In the 2009 and 2011 elections, the Douglas County Republicans endorsed the six current members, as well as resigned seventh member Dan Gerken. District G challenger Nicholas Land criticizes the board as too loyal to the Republican Party and wants the board to represent the community as a whole more accurately.
- Barbra Chase.com "About Barbra" Accessed August 30, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State "Tracer Candidate Detail:Barbra Burke" Accessed August 30, 2013
- Barbra Chase.com "Endorsements" Accessed August 30, 2013
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/2010census/data/. Retrieved on 8 July 2013.
- U.S. Census, "Douglas County Quick Facts, Accessed July 16, 2013
- Douglas County School District, "Director Districts, Accessed July 22, 2013
- OurLoneTreeNews.com "School board election gearing up," July 8, 2013
- Jane Reuter, OurCastleRockNews.com, "Douglas County GOP hosts school board," January 19, 2013
- Clayton Woullard, DenverPost.com, "Douglas County teen to run for school board," June 26, 2013