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Eric Nelson (Colorado)

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Eric Nelson
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Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Ph.D.Southeastern University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
ProfessionBusiness owner
Campaign website
Eric Nelson is an at-large member of the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education in Colorado. He won election against four other candidates to one of four available seats on November 5, 2013.


Nelson holds Bachelor's and Masters degrees in Psychology. He also earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Southeastern University. Nelson is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He has owned and operated Global Family Insurance since 2002. Nelson is also an adjunct professor at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Denver. He has two children who attended district schools.[1][2]



See also: Aurora Public Schools elections (2013)


Nelson sought election to the board against Jasper Armstrong, Amber Drevon, JulieMarie Shepherd and Barbara Yamrick on November 5, 2013.


Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulieMarie Shepherd Incumbent 22.5% 16,466
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Nelson 20.6% 15,065
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmber Drevon 19.5% 14,283
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Yamrick 18.9% 13,826
     Nonpartisan Jasper Armstrong 18.6% 13,614
Total Votes 73,254
Source: Adams County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013, Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 22, 2013


Nelson reported $1,361.00 in contributions and $1,245.68 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $115.32 on hand.[3]


Nelson received the following endorsements for his 2013 campaign:[4]

Campaign themes


Nelson explained his reasons for running in 2013 on his campaign website:[4]

I am seeking election to the Aurora Public School Board because of my love for our community, passion for our kids and because there is nothing more critical to our city’s future than meeting the challenges facing our schools.

As a veteran community and political organizer, I have the skills and experience to be a new voice and advocate on the school board.

As a member of the school board I will pursue higher levels of academic achievement for all students, foster greater community engagement, and improve administrative accountability in APS.[6]

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

What was at stake?

JulieMarie Shepherd was the only incumbent to seek re-election in the 2013 election. Board members Jane Barber, Jeanette Carmany and Matthew Cook were ineligible to run for third terms because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."

About the district

See also: Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
Aurora Public Schools is located in Arapahoe County, CO
Aurora Public Schools serves K-12 students in Aurora, Colorado. Aurora is located primarily in Arapahoe County though sections of the city are located in Adams and Douglas Counties. According to the 2010 US Census, Aurora is home to 325,078 residents.[7]


Aurora lagged behind the rest of Colorado in median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Aurora was $50,468 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Aurora was 16.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Aurora residents aged 25 years and older earned a Bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[7]

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