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|Board Member, Douglas County School District E|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
Bill Hodges is running for the Director District E seat on the Douglas County Board of Education . He is seeking election against incumbent Doug Benevento in the school board election on November 5, 2013. Hodges' campaign is aligned with a bloc of candidates opposed to many of the reforms enacted by the board's incumbent Republican majority.
According to Hodges website, he has worked both in the private sector for 28 years and the public sector for 10 years. According to a post on District D candidate Julie Keim's campaign Facebook page, Hodges' wife is a former Douglas County art teacher.
Hodges has not filed any campaign finance documents for 2013 as of September 4, 2013.
Hodges has not yet received any formal endorsements.
What's at stake?
Four seats, including that of the board president, are at stake. John Carson, District B and board president, is not running for re-election.
The Republican majority on the school board, responsible for instituting merit-based pay for teachers, could be ousted at this election.
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
About the district
LocationDouglas County School District is located in Douglas County, Colorado. Douglas County is located between the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 US Census, Douglas County Schools is home to 285,465 residents. The school district includes 88 schools and served 64,657 students in the 2012-2013 school year. 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.
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- Facebook, "Julie Keim for DC Schools post," August 20, 2013
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