Cherry Creek School District elections (2013)

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2013 Cherry Creek School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Colorado
Cherry Creek School District
Arapahoe County, Colorado ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Colorado
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Two seats on the school board for Cherry Creek School District were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Randy Perlis defeated Brian Arnold to win the District D seat while Karen Fisher ran unopposed and won the District E seat.

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.[1]

Demographics

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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Arapahoe County (%) State (%)
White 79.1 88.1
Black or African American 10.7 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.6
Asian 5.3 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 3.6 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 18.6 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 130,181 34.46
Democratic 127,697 33.80
Republican 115,930 30.69
Libertarian 2,567 0.68
Green 735 0.19
American Constitution 648 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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Cherry Creek School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected at-large by the district as a whole, but to different geographic district seats for four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Two seats were on the ballot in 2013, and three seats will be on the ballot in 2015.[4]

Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on August 7, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was August 30, and the filing deadline to serve as a write-in candidate was September 3.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Randy Perlis
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Texas, Arlington
    • Chemist
  • Brian Arnold
    • Graduate, Azusa Pacific University
    • Leadership consultant

Results

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


Cherry Creek School District, Four-year term, District E, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Fisher 100% 44,061
Total Votes 44,061
Source: Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Consolidated Election," November 22, 2013

Endorsements

Randy Perlis received endorsements for his campaign from the Cherry Creek Education Association and the Aurora Sentinel.[6][7] Karen Fisher received several endorsements for her campaign from local leaders, including Parents' Council President Mari Anne Imhoff, former Colorado State Senator Nancy Spence and former district superintendent Dr. Monte Moses.[8]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $6,225.87 and spent a total of $3,573.63 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[9]

In the District D race, candidates received a total of $6,225.87 and spent a total of $3,573.63.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Brian Arnold $502.92 $502.92 $0.00
Randy Perlis $3,155.16 $0.00 $3,155.16

In the District E race, candidates received a total of $3,070.71 and spent a total of $3,070.71.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Karen Fisher $3,070.71 $3,070.71 $0.00

Past elections

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 local parent Brian 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 any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."[4]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Cherry Creek School District election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
August 7, 2013 Last day for nominating petitions to be made available to candidates
August 30, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
September 3, 2013 Last day to file as a write-in candidate
October 15, 2013 Candidates must file first Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures
November 1, 2013 Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures
November 5, 2013 General election
December 5, 2013 Candidates must file third Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with three statewide measures. Voters cast ballots on measures dealing with excise taxes and sales taxes on marijuana sales in Colorado. They also voted on Amendment 66, which is an initiated constitutional amendment to raise the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts.

See also

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