David S. Gill

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David S. Gill
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Brighton School District, District 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Brighton City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
David S. Gill was a candidate for the District 6 seat on the Brighton School Board in Colorado. He lost election on November 5, 2013.


Gill resides in Adams County, Colorado. Gill earned a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Colorado. He began his career as a probation officer in Wyoming, and he currently serves as the supervisor of the Denver Adult Probation Department. From 2005 to 2009, Gill served on the Brighton City Council, but he was unable to run for a third term due to term limits.[1]



See also: Brighton School District elections (2013)


Gill lost to incumbent Teresa R. Gallegos in his attempt to win the District 6 seat on the Brighton school board on November 5, 2013.

Brighton School District, District 6 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTeresa R. Gallegos Incumbent 42% 4,761
     Nonpartisan David S. Gill 34.5% 3,907
     Nonpartisan Stanley Hiller 17.2% 1,946
     Nonpartisan Luis Mella 6.4% 726
Total Votes 11,340
Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Adams County Coordinated Election," November 19, 2013


Gill reported no contributions but $849.01 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $849.01 in debt.[2]


Gill did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

In response to a candidate survey sent out by the school district, Gill provided the following campaign themes:[1]

"Although Gill has been nominated for, or appointed to many prestigious committee’s or organizations, he is most proud of being acknowledged by the City of Brighton as being one of the most transparent City Councilmen to have served the City. It is this transparency that Gill wishes to bring to 27J as a School Board member. Gill feels that the lack of transparency has hindered 27J over the years and it is in being truthful that will move 27J forward in addressing the financial needs of the District.

Gill acknowledges that the lack of per pupil funding is problematic for the District and interferes with the District being able to be “educationally competitive” with other Districts of similar size and population. He feels that not only must the Unions and Management work together in a collaborative manner, but there has to be a system in place that rewards the performance of good teachers and identifies those teachers that need extra help or assistance in becoming the type of teacher they strived to become when they first decided to enter this field of dedicated service to our children. However, for this to take place, we need to have a School District that is adopted by its citizenry, the citizens need to be assured that their hard earned taxes are being allocated properly and used most efficiently by those they can trust. In the end, we need to continually evaluate ourselves and those we serve, but ultimately when the majority of our children can pass the college entrance exams with scores that will allow them to enroll in the college of their choice, it is at that point we can say; we have succeeded.

Additionally, we must also acknowledge that not every child is destined to enter college. At times, too much emphasis is placed on college and academia. For those young adults that choose another path, the District must be in a position to address their needs as well. It is my hope and goal through my tenure as a Board member that the District be able to build a Vocational Educational Facility or even to partner with others in accomplishing this ambitious dream. We need to provide a well-rounded education as we prepare all our young adults to survive after High School in our increasing competitive society.

Lastly, we cannot lose sight of our special needs population of students. As a District, we need to allocate the necessary resources to individually assess the abilities of these students at the earliest possible age and provide the necessary resources for these students to be successful within a mainstream environment. As a parent of two special needs students, there is nothing more frustrating when an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed, but the implementation suffers due to some educators not being on the same page or not having the resources available to them for the successful implementation. On many occasions, simply having a paraprofessional in the classroom would help immensely, but because of budgetary constraints it is not always practical.

Finally, it is my hope and dream to meet the goals of the District by addressing the needs of our student population. We need to assure that every child that walks through our doors receives the quality education that they deserve and one that we as a community can be proud of"

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

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.[3] 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 any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."[4] 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.[5]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
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[6]
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.[7]

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