Brian Arnold

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Brian Arnold
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Cherry Creek School District, District D
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCherry Creek High School
Bachelor'sAzusa Pacific University
Master'sAzusa Pacific University
OtherClaremont Graduate School, San Diego University
ProfessionLeadership consultant
Campaign website
Brian Arnold was a candidate for the District D seat on the Cherry Creek School Board in Colorado. He lost against incumbent Randy Perlis during the general election on November 5, 2013.


Arnold resides in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Arnold graduated from Cherry Creek High School before earning two B.A. degrees in Communication and Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1988. Four years later, he received an M.A. degree in Instructional Education from the same university, and he has since completed all coursework other than his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Claremont Graduate School of San Diego University. During his career, Arnold has served as a physical education teacher, college professor, college administrator, area developer, radio personality and senior financial director. He currently operates his own leadership consulting firm and advises Cherokee Trail High School on the Parent Accountability Committee and the Partnership for Academically Successful Students.[1]



See also: Cherry Creek School District elections (2013)


Arnold challenged incumbent Randy Perlis for the District D seat on the Cherry Creek school board on November 5, 2013.


Cherry Creek School District, Four-year term, District D, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Perlis Incumbent 58.2% 28,161
     Nonpartisan Brian Arnold 41.8% 20,245
Total Votes 48,406
Source: Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Consolidated Election," November 22, 2013


Arnold reported $502.92 in contributions and $502.92 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[2]


Arnold did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

Arnold's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

"I believe that the Cheery Creek School Board has been doing great things for kids and will continue to be a beacon of light to the communities that it serves. In fact, there is nothing wrong with its functions and how it operates.

I have always heard, "If it's not broke, then why fix it?" I was asked recently, "Why would you run against an incumbent when he is doing a good job?" My answer was this: "I don’t just want to do a good job. I want to do an incredible job." When my term is up, I want people to say, "What happened? How did we get here so fast? What can we do to make this even better?"

I know this is a big district, and bringing about change is like steering the Titanic, but I truly believe that adding someone like myself to the team only increases our ability to do incredible things. One of my students in class last week wrote this quote on the board: "Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon." My response to him was, "And you get to be part of the generation that walks on Mars." If elected, I can contribute in a meaningful way to the team that can make this happen."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

In response to a survey conducted by the Aurora Sentinel, Arnold explained his support for Amendment 66:[4]

We need a re-haul in the system. The way we fund education is not sustainable over the long run; the money will eventually run out. Just throwing money at a problem doesn’t solve our issues. Having the extra money would be awesome and would definitely help further education. However, if this amendment does not pass, we will be forced to realize that our funding model has changed and we will have to look for new, innovative ways to deliver education with less money.

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were at stake in this election. District D incumbent Randy Perlis fended off a challenge from Arnold, and newcomer Karen Fisher ran unopposed for the seat left vacant by board president Jennifer Churchfield. Churchfield was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."[5]

About the district

See also: Cherry Creek School District, Colorado
Cherry Creek School District is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado
Cherry Creek School District is located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. The county seat of Arapahoe County is Littleton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Arapahoe County is home to 595,546 residents.[6]


Arapahoe County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Arapahoe County is $59,937 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Arapahoe County is 11.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 38.3% of Arapahoe County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[6]

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