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Cassandra L. Barker-Carr
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Brighton School District, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Louisiana
Master'sUniversity of Louisiana
Ph.D.Nova Southeastern University
ProfessionBusiness executive
Campaign website
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Cassandra L. Barker-Carr was a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Brighton School Board in Colorado. She lost election on November 5, 2013.


Cassandra Barker-Carr resides in Adams County, Colorado. Barker-Carr received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Louisiana before earning her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She spent the first fifteen years of her career as an educator in several different school districts across the country, serving as a math teacher, assistant principal, district coordinator and executive director. In 2011, Barker-Carr joined ACT as the regional manager for the Mountain Plains area before receiving a promotion to the position of assistant vice president on the learning insights team in 2013.[1][2]



See also: Brighton School District elections (2013)


Barker-Carr lost to incumbent Patrick D. Day for the District 5 seat on the Brighton school board on November 5, 2013.


Brighton School District, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick D. Day Incumbent 55.1% 6,201
     Nonpartisan Cassandra L. Barker-Carr 44.9% 5,053
Total Votes 11,254
Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Adams County Coordinated Election," November 19, 2013


Barker-Carr reported no contributions but $194.58 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $194.58 in debt.[3]


Barker-Carr did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

What was at stake?

Five seats on the board were at stake in this election. District 2 incumbent Kristi Crisman did not file for re-election, but no other candidates filed for the vacant seat either, which left it open to a write-in candidate. Rick Doucet ran a write-in campaign and won the seat.[4] District 4 incumbent Joan Kniss 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] Newcomer Michael K. Landwehr ran unopposed for the open seat. Districts 5 and 6 incumbents Patrick D. Day and Teresa R. Gallegos faced a total of four challengers, while District 7 incumbent Gregory Piotraschke also ran unopposed for re-election.

About the district

See also: Brighton School District, Colorado
Brighton School District is located in Adams County, Colorado
Brighton School District is located in Adams County, Colorado. The county seat of Adams County is Brighton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Adams County is home to 459,598 residents.[6]


Adams County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Adams County is $56,089 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Adams County is 14.0% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 20.7% of Adams County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Adams County (%) State (%)
White 87.4 88.1
Black or African American 3.5 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.6
Asian 3.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.8 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 38.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 96,016 37.65
Democratic 91,925 36.04
Republican 64,406 25.25
Libertarian 1,665 0.65
American Constitution 599 0.23
Green 440 0.18

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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