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Donna Rice
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Thompson Board of Education, District A
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Colorado
J.D.University of South Dakota
Campaign website
Donna Rice currently represents District A on the Thompson Board of Education in Colorado. She won election to the board against incumbent Jeff Berg and challenger Kathleen D. Hatanaka on November 5, 2013.


Rice earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She later earned a J.D. from the University of South Dakota Law School. Rice has served as an Assistant Attorney General in Wyoming and Colorado as well as an elementary school teacher. She currently works part-time as an attorney. Rice and her husband, Frank, have two children and three grandchildren.[1]



See also: Thompson School District elections (2013)

Rice sought election to the board against incumbent Jeff Berg and challenger Kathleen D. Hatanaka on November 5, 2013.

Election results

Thompson Board of Education, District A General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Rice 44% 13,299
     Nonpartisan Jeff Berg Incumbent 40.7% 12,327
     Nonpartisan Kathleen D. Hatanaka 15.3% 4,628
Total Votes 30,254
Source: Larimer County, Colorado "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Rice reported $7,760.00 in contributions and $7,394.99 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $365.01 on hand.[2]


Rice received the endorsements of Liberty Watch Colorado and Boulder Weekly in the 2013 election.[3][4]

Campaign themes


Rice's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:[5]

Student achievement

"There is a disconnect between student achievement and public funding in Thompson School District.

Test scores are going down; Thompson is near the bottom when compared with other school districts in the region.

We must find ways to improve student achievement by reconsidering priorities and maximizing efficient use of district funds."

Finance & economics

"The average indebted American household owes over $15K in credit card debt and over $30K in student loan debt.

We must find ways to instill a solid understanding of economics, finances and money management in our students to help them avoid the same fate."

More foreign languages

"In addition to the Latin-based foreign languages, we must offer other languages that enable students to prepare for an international workplace."

What was at stake?

Incumbent Jeff Berg competed with challengers Rice and Kathleen D. Hatanaka to fill an unexpired two-year term in District A. Berg was appointed to the seat in August 2012 to replace Lola Johnson. Challenger Bryce Carlson faced Janice Marchman for the District B seat. Board members Sharon Olson (District E) and Leonard Sherman (District F) did not file for re-election. The District E race featured newcomers Rocci Bryan and Lori Hvizda Ward. Carl Langner and Gerald Lauer who ran for the open seat in District F.[6]

About the district

See also: Thompson School District, Colorado
Thompson School District is located in Larimer County, CO
Thompson School District is based out of Loveland, Colorado in Larimer County. The district serves students in Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins as well as sections of Boulder and Weld Counties. According to the 2010 US Census, Larimer County is home to 299,630 residents.[7]


Larimer County outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty. The average household income in Larimer County was $57,215 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Larimer County was 13.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 43.1% of Larimer County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Larimer County (%) Colorado (%)
White 93.5 88.1
Black or African American 1 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.6
Asian 2.1 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.3 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 10.8 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[8]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 68,937 36.6
Republican 64,522 34.3
Democratic 52,249 27.8
Libertarian 1,549 0.8
Green 579 0.3
American Constitution 388 0.2

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