|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Downey, Paleri Mann, Ron Brecheisen and Logan Mahan lost to Roger Alan DeWitt, Rhonda Solis, Steve Hall, and John Haefeli in their attempt to win one of four at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Roger Alan DeWitt Incumbent||13.6%||9,773|
|Nonpartisan||Paleri Mann Incumbent||8.5%||6,142|
|Source: Weld County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Weld County Coordinated Election," November 15, 2013|
Downey did not receive any endorsements for her 2013 campaign.
In an interview with the Greeley Tribune, Downey argued in favor of adding fresh views to the school board, stating, "It’s about the kids," and that, "I know there are some upset parents out there, I’ve heard from them a lot over the last six or seven years." Downey's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
"My mission is for our children to have Quality Education and to ensure that no child is left behind. Also to have smaller classrooms for our teachers so they can give more one on one time with students that struggle.Also to make sure our children are receiving the right tools and technology for what they need. To make sure our special needs children receive every tool needed for their learning abilities To have a relationship with the community to build trust and a good communication plan with the district schools."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Four seats on the board were at stake in this election. Two incumbents, Roger Alan DeWitt and Paleri Mann, filed for re-election while fellow incumbents Scott Rankin and Linda J. Trimberger decided not to run. They competed with six challengers in Donna Downey, Rhonda Solis, Steve Hall, Ron Brecheisen, John Haefeli and Logan Mahan for the four open seats. Downey, Hall, Brecheisen and Mahan decided to run as "The Fab Four" slate due to their shared conservative positions on issues, such as Amendment 66.
Amendment 66 was an initiated constitutional amendment on the Colorado ballot that would have raised the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts. The Colorado Legislative Council estimated that the current state funding of approximately $5.5 billion would rise by $915 million if the measure had passed, which it did not. This issue divided the candidates, with Roger Alan DeWitt, Paleri Mann, Rhonda Solis and John Haefeli in support of the measure and Ron Brecheisen, Donna Downey, Steve Hall and Logan Mahan opposing it.
About the districtWeld County, Colorado. The county seat of Weld County is Greeley, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Weld County is home to 263,691 residents.
Weld County underperformed the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Weld County was $55,825 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Weld County was 13.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 25.6% of Weld County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.
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- Sherrie Peif, Greeley Tribune, "Greeley mother of two announces intentions for school board," August 16, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," Accessed December 19, 2013
- Sherrie Peif, Greeley Tribune, "Greeley-Evans District 6 school board election draws slate of candidates dubbed ‘Fab Four’," October 16, 2013
- Legislative Council Staff, Education Policy Center, "Table 1," accessed October 7, 2013
- Facebook, "Parents for District 6 School Reform," accessed October 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Weld County, Colorado," accessed September 26, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed September 26, 2013