Greeley-Evans School District 6 elections (2013)

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2013 Greeley-Evans School District 6 Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Greeley-Evans School District 6
Weld County, Colorado ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Colorado
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Four seats on the Greeley-Evans School District 6 school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013.[1] Incumbent Roger Alan DeWitt and newcomers Steve Hall, John Haefeli and Rhonda Solis defeated incumbent Paleri Mann and challengers Donna Downey, Ron Brecheisen and Logan Mahan to win the four at-large 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.[2]

About the district

See also: Greeley-Evans School District 6, Colorado
Greeley-Evans School District 6 is located in Weld County, CO
Greeley-Evans School District 6 is located in Weld 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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Weld County (%) Colorado (%)
White 93.4 88.1
Black or African American 1.3 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.7 1.6
Asian 1.4 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.1 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 28.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 62,277 38.1
Republican 59,752 36.6
Democratic 39,702 24.3
Libertarian 1,018 0.6
American Constitution 447 0.3
Green 283 0.1

Method of board member selection

The seven members of the Greeley-Evans School District 6 school board are elected at-large to serve four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.

Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on August 7, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was August 30, 2013.[5]





  • Paleri Mann
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Northern Colorado
    • Retired college administrator
  • Steve Hall
    • Business owner, Trinity Energy Solution Inc.

  • John Haefeli
    • Adjunct professor, University of Northern Colorado

Election results

Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Haefeli 16.7% 11,998
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Hall 15.2% 10,885
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRhonda Solis 14.1% 10,165
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Alan DeWitt Incumbent 13.6% 9,773
     Nonpartisan Donna Downey 12.5% 8,946
     Nonpartisan Logan Mahan 10.7% 7,718
     Nonpartisan Ron Brecheisen 8.6% 6,214
     Nonpartisan Paleri Mann Incumbent 8.5% 6,142
Total Votes 71,841
Source: Weld County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Weld County Coordinated Election," November 15, 2013


No official endorsements were made in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $52,422.34 and spent a total of $47,133.08 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[6]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Ron Brecheisen $7,650.00 $5,938.29 $1,756.71
Roger Alan DeWitt $3,440.00 $3,440.00 $0.00
Donna Downey $7,850.00 $7,017.17 $832.83
John Haefeli $7,010.00 $4,962.54 $2,047.46
Steve Hall $11,030.30 $11,030.30 $0.00
Logan Mahan $5,400.00 $4,719.31 $680.69
Paleri Mann $4,182.04 $4,182.04 $0.00
Rhonda Solis $2,420.00 $2,403.43 $16.57

Past elections

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.

Issues in the election

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.[7] 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.[8]

Issues in the district

Board member resignation

Until his resignation from the board in 2012, board member Brett Reese frequently served as a lightning rod for criticism within the district.[9][10] The school board censured Reese in 2008 after he allegedly touched a teacher in a sexually suggestive manner. Reese defended himself by claiming that he was only admiring the teacher's wedding ring.[11]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Greeley-Evans School District 6 election in 2013:[12]

Deadline Event
August 7, 2013 Last day for nominating petitions to be made available to candidates
August 30, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
September 3, 2013 Last day to file as a write-in candidate
October 15, 2013 Candidates must file first Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures
November 1, 2013 Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures
November 5, 2013 General election
December 5, 2013 Candidates must file third Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with two statewide measures. Voters decided on a ballot measure dealing with excise taxes and sales taxes on marijuana sales in Colorado, which passed. They also voted to reject Amendment 66, which was an initiated constitutional amendment to raise the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts. Weld County residents also cast ballots regarding whether or not Weld County and ten other northern Colorado counties should collaborate to pursue the creation of a 51st state separate from Colorado. Other local elections, such as for Greeley Mayor and City Council as well as the Aims Community College board, also appeared on the ballot.[13]

See also

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