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}}{{tnr}}'''Bill Hodges''' was a candidate for the Director District E seat on the [[Douglas County School District, Colorado | Douglas County Board of Education ]]. He was defeated by incumbent [[Doug Benevento]] in the [[Douglas County School District elections (2013)|school board election]] on November 5, 2013. Hodges was aligned with a bloc of candidates opposed to many of the reforms enacted by the current board.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Bill Hodges''' was a candidate for the Director District E seat on the [[Douglas County School District, Colorado|Douglas County Board of Education]]. He was defeated by incumbent [[Doug Benevento]] in the [[Douglas County School District elections (2013)|school board election]] on November 5, 2013. Hodges was aligned with a bloc of candidates opposed to many of the reforms enacted by the current board.  
  
 
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Four seats, including that of the board president, were at stake. John Carson, the incumbent in District B, was not running for re-election. [[Barbra Chase Burke]] and [[James Geddes]] were running for election to the seat. Carson, who was first elected to the board in 2005, was ineligible to run for another term because of [[Colorado Term Limits Act, Amendment 17 (1994)|Amendment 17]] to the [[Article XVIII, Colorado Constitution#Section 11|Colorado Constitution]], which says that no "elected official of any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."
 
Four seats, including that of the board president, were at stake. John Carson, the incumbent in District B, was not running for re-election. [[Barbra Chase Burke]] and [[James Geddes]] were running for election to the seat. Carson, who was first elected to the board in 2005, was ineligible to run for another term because of [[Colorado Term Limits Act, Amendment 17 (1994)|Amendment 17]] to the [[Article XVIII, Colorado Constitution#Section 11|Colorado Constitution]], which says that no "elected official of any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."
  
The District D race included newcomers [[Judi Reynolds]] and [[Julie Keim]] running for the seat currently held by Carrie Mendoza. [[Stephen Boyd]] announced that he would run in the District D race but withdrew before filing his nomination petition so that he would not "split the vote."<ref name=Boyd1>[http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/parker/news/candidate-field-changes-as-election-draws-closer/article_1c4b3bcc-090c-11e3-9c04-001a4bcf887a.html Jane Reuter, ''OurParkerNews.com,'' "Candidate field changes as election draws closer," August 22, 2013]</ref> Incumbent [[Doug Benevento]] faced challenger [[Bill Hodges]] in the District E race. [[Ronda Scholting]] filed with the Colorado Secretary of State to challenge for [[Meghann Silverthorn|Meghann Silverthorn's]] seat in District G.  
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The District D race included newcomers [[Judi Reynolds]] and [[Julie Keim]] running for the seat currently held by Carrie Mendoza. [[Stephen Boyd]] announced that he would run in the District D race but withdrew before filing his nomination petition so that he would not "split the vote."<ref name=Boyd1>[http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/parker/news/candidate-field-changes-as-election-draws-closer/article_1c4b3bcc-090c-11e3-9c04-001a4bcf887a.html Jane Reuter, ''OurParkerNews.com,'' "Candidate field changes as election draws closer," August 22, 2013]</ref> Incumbent [[Doug Benevento]] faced Hodges in the District E race. [[Ronda Scholting]] filed with the Colorado Secretary of State to challenge for [[Meghann Silverthorn|Meghann Silverthorn's]] seat in District G.  
  
 
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Bill Hodges
Bill Hodges.jpg
Former candidate for
Board Member, Douglas County School District E
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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ProfessionRetired
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Bill Hodges was a candidate for the Director District E seat on the Douglas County Board of Education. He was defeated by incumbent Doug Benevento in the school board election on November 5, 2013. Hodges was aligned with a bloc of candidates opposed to many of the reforms enacted by the current board.

Biography

Hodges and his wife, Ginger, have two adult children who graduated from district schools and two grandchildren currently attending schools in Douglas County. He worked as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the district from 2001 to his retirement in 2011. Hodges also served as a member of the Governor's Teacher Quality Commission and worked on the Group Incentive Board.[1]

Elections

2013

Opposition

Hodges challenged incumbent Doug Benevento for the Director District E seat on the Douglas County Board of Education.

Results

Douglas County School Board of Directors, District E, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Benevento Incumbent 51.9% 49,319
     Nonpartisan Bill Hodges 48.1% 45,704
Total Votes 95,023
Source: Douglas County Elections

Funding

Hodges reported $11,444.93 in campaign contributions, $5,914.26 in expenditures and $5,530.67 in cash on hand to the Colorado Secretary of State by early October. His largest donations were $500 each from Cindy Barnard of Taxpayers for Public Education and former Superintendent Jim Christensen.[2]

Endorsements

The Network for Public Education (NPE) endorsed Hodges on October 9, 2013.[3]

Campaign themes

2013

In an interview with Our Colorado News, Hodges explained his views on the district's most pressing issues:[4]

Although there are many issues facing DCSD, the most important one in my mind is allowing all voices to be heard and respected. One shouldn't be excluded because your views don't align with the current board's political agenda. I would increase public comment minutes. I would facilitate with other board members community focus groups to hear all concerns and issues. I would reinstate the district's community survey as another way to gain stakeholder input for the board to consider. In evaluating the superintendent's annual performance, a community, staff and student survey should be included as part of the evaluation process.[5]

What was at stake?

Four seats, including that of the board president, were at stake. John Carson, the incumbent in District B, was not running for re-election. Barbra Chase Burke and James Geddes were running for election to the seat. Carson, who was first elected to the board in 2005, was 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 District D race included newcomers Judi Reynolds and Julie Keim running for the seat currently held by Carrie Mendoza. Stephen Boyd announced that he would run in the District D race but withdrew before filing his nomination petition so that he would not "split the vote."[6] Incumbent Doug Benevento faced Hodges in the District E race. Ronda Scholting filed with the Colorado Secretary of State to challenge for Meghann Silverthorn's seat in District G.

Issues


DougCo Parents Want Change

Alleged campaign violations

District D candidate Julie Keim filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State on October 17, 2013, alleging that the school district has used resources to support its preferred school board candidates and to deny challengers information regarding the involvement of outside groups and individuals in the election. Local journalist Jane Reuter highlighted that, "In early October, Keim requested copies of emails exchanged between the district’s cabinet-level staff, school board members, Douglas County Educational Foundation board members and the alleged supporters – including Americans for Prosperity, the Independence Institute and campaign contributors Alex Cranberg and Ralph Nagel, among others."[7] Texas businessman Alex Cranberg and investment banker Ralph Nagel co-founded the Alliance for Choice in Education to promote school choice and have contributed approximately 89% of the $156,701.50 in campaign donations reported by Doug Benevento, James Geddes, Judi Reynolds and Meghann Silverthorn.[2]

District administration conducted a search for the requested correspondence that turned up more than 13,000 e-mails, 101 of which Keim had received by October 23. She criticized administrators for the slow pace and claimed, "I think they’re trying to delay so nothing can be exposed before the election. [...]I want them to be open and honest and truly transparent about what is going on with all these organizations. It’s concerning to me so many people who are not local have such a voice in our future." School board Vice President Kevin Larsen responded to her allegations by labeling them "[...]a patently frivolous political stunt masquerading as a complaint." District legal counsel Rob Ross explained the delay by stating that each e-mail must be reviewed by district personnel for legally protected information before being disclosed.[7]

Audio editing controversy

In late September, Meghann Silverthorn accused challenger Ronda Scholting of selectively editing a September 13 interview between Silverthorn and local radio host Mike Rosen. The interview featured a discussion of the motivations behind efforts to replace current board members in the 2013 election. Rosen stated, "These are nice, well-meaning, naive soccer moms who can’t distinguish between an individual teacher and the collective menace and intransigence of a teachers’ union with its political power" and Silverthorn agreed with the statement. Scholting's ad includes Rosen saying, "You’re up against mostly women. Nice, well-meaning, naive soccer moms," and audio of Silverthorn's agreement with Rosen. Scholting notes that her editing was comparable to techniques used by broadcast journalists while Silverthorn believes the ad does not truly represent her position on district policies.[8]

Rally outside district offices

A September 27 demonstration outside of the district's administrative offices featured 200 attendees marching in support of local teachers. Demonstrators held signs that supported teachers and opposed the board's reform efforts over the past four years. According to interviews with the Denver Post, attendees argued that teachers were frustrated by limited instructional time, new evaluations and the district's attitude toward instructional staff. District officials have countered these claims by citing internal surveys with teachers that revealed high morale and greater flexibility in the classroom.[9]

Involvement of community groups

Local groups ramped up efforts to support incumbents and challengers in the 2013 election. DougCo Champions for Kids is a non-profit that is also registered as a part of Texas-based firm C3 Solutions. This organization supported the reform efforts of the current board through direct mail and door-to-door campaigning. DougCo Champions for Kids received some funding from the Independence Institute, a Denver-based think tank that promotes free market principles. The C3 Solutions executive board features two officers who are affiliated with the institute. Another pro-board group is the Douglas County Education Alliance, which has been connected with an Arizona consultancy called DC-London founded by Republican adviser Sean Noble.[10]

Challengers in the 2013 race were supported by a non-profit called the Strong Schools Coalition and a political action committee (PAC) called Douglas County Parents. Strong Schools Coalition received $4,000 in donations according to group president Lauren Mutton. The group stated that it is self-funded with contributions from Taxpayers for Public Education used for legal fees associated with a lawsuit against the district's voucher program.[10]


Americans for Prosperity, "It's Working"

Board reform efforts

The board's reform efforts including a voucher program, dissolution of the teachers' union agreement and a pay-for-performance plan became the focus of attention in the 2013 campaign. Strong Schools Coalition led efforts to reverse some of these reforms and eliminate political involvement in board functions.[11] The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity ran ads in the region starting in August supporting the board's reform efforts while admonishing critics. [12]

Partisanship in board races

Though Colorado school boards are officially nonpartisan, Douglas County has drawn attention for the involvement of the local Republican Party in board elections. In the 2009 and 2011 elections, the Douglas County Republican Party endorsed the six current members and former member Dan Gerken.[13] The party endorsed incumbents Doug Benevento and Meghann Silverthorn as well as challengers James Geddes and Judi Reynolds for the 2013 campaign.[14] Former District G candidate Nicholas Land criticized the board as too loyal to the Republican Party and wanted the board to represent the entire community regardless of partisan affiliation.[15] Former District D candidate Kevin Leung refused to interview with the Douglas County Republicans after starting his campaign. "I believe that local, non-partisan school board elections should not be drawn into party politics. Decisions and agendas should not become strongly influenced by party ideologies instead of serving the people and the children in our schools," said Leung.[16]

About the district

See also: Douglas County School District, Colorado
Douglas County School District is located in Douglas County, CO
Douglas County School District is located in Douglas County, Colorado. Douglas County is located between the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs and the county seat is Castle Rock. According to the 2010 US Census, Douglas County is home to 285,465 residents.[17]

Demographics

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.[17]


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References

  1. Hodges for Schools, "About Bill," Accessed October 21, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Our Colorado News, "Campaign funds tell different stories in Douglas County School Board race," October 18, 2013
  3. Network for Public Education, "NPE Endorses Bill Hodges for Douglas County School Board, CO," October 9, 2013
  4. Our Colorado News, "Q&As with candidates for Douglas County School Board," October 17, 2013
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Jane Reuter, OurParkerNews.com, "Candidate field changes as election draws closer," August 22, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jane Reuter, OurHighlandsRanchNews.com, "Candidate alleges campaign violation," October 23, 2013
  8. Jane Reuter, Our Colorado News, "Radio show cut ignites candidate controversy," September 30, 2013
  9. Carlos Illescas, Denver Post, "More than 200 people rally against Douglas County school policies," September 27, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Jane Reuter, Our Colorado News, "Variety of groups joining school fray," September 25, 2013
  11. Jane Reuter, OurLoneTreeNews.com, "Petition decries politics in school elections," August 21, 2013
  12. Jane Reuter, OurLoneTreeNews.com, "School board election gearing up," July 8, 2013
  13. Jane Reuter, OurCastleRockNews.com, "Douglas County GOP hosts school board," January 19, 2013
  14. Jane Reuter, Highlands Ranch News, "Local Republicans endorse candidates," August 19, 2013
  15. Clayton Woullard, DenverPost.com, "Douglas County teen to run for school board," June 26, 2013
  16. Kevin Leung, EdNews Voices, "Voices: Declining a party endorsement in school board elections," July 25, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. Census, "Douglas County Quick Facts, Accessed July 16, 2013
  18. Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed July 19, 2013