|Former candidate for|
|Thompson Board of Education, District F|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Lauer studied at New Mexico State University and the University of Georgia before settling in Loveland. He has worked since 1997 in the construction industry and currently owns a tile-setting business.
Lauer sought election to the board against fellow challenger Carl Langner on November 5, 2013.
|Thompson Board of Education, District F General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Larimer County, Colorado "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013|
Lauer's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:
"The quality of our education system directly relates to the quality of the educator. The better educated and trained our staff and administration are, the better the education our children will receive. Real-world, work experience is an under utilized area of community collaboration. We should work with our local business and community members to develop intern programs and career-related work experiences for our students. I will ensure that every child is equipped with the tools they need to succeed."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Incumbent Jeff Berg competed with challengers Kathleen D. Hatanaka and Donna Rice 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 incumbent 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. Lauer and Carl Langner who ran for the open seat in District F.
About the district
- See also: Thompson School District, Colorado
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Gerald Lauer for School Board, "About Me," accessed October 23, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Gerald Lauer for School Board, "Issues," accessed October 23, 2013
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- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts:Larimer County, accessed October 23, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014