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Henry D. Allen, Jr.

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Henry D. Allen, Jr.
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Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, At-large
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedJune 20, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Personal
ProfessionRetired
Websites
Office website
Henry D. Allen, Jr. was an at-large member of the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education in Colorado. He was first appointed to the board in June 2013.[1] Allen lost election against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Allen served for 24 years in the U.S. Army including a stint during the Gulf War. He later served as a Deputy Sheriff in El Paso County from 1995 until his retirement in 2009. Allen is a board member of the Black/Latino Coalition and president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Falcon School District 49 elections (2013)

Opposition

Allen sought a full term on the board against fellow incumbent Tammy Harold as well as challengers Chris Bombria, Kevin Butcher, David H. Moore and John Graham.

Election results

Falcon School District 49, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Harold Incumbent 25.6% 7,331
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Butcher 18.4% 5,261
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid H. Moore 17.2% 4,927
     Nonpartisan John Graham 15% 4,304
     Nonpartisan Chris Bombria 13.3% 3,816
     Nonpartisan Henry D. Allen, Jr. Incumbent 10.6% 3,025
Total Votes 28,664
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013

Funding

Allen reported $2,670.65 in contributions and $2,670.65 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Allen received the endorsement of the Falcon Republican Party during the 2013 campaign.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

Allen explained his views on the major issues facing the district during a candidate forum:[4]

“My vision for the district is much like the that of the chief education officer, to regain and maintain the trust of the taxpayers, and to grow a robust portfolio of distinct, exceptional schools. I truly want the students, teachers, all staff members and parents in this district to feel their schools and departments are an extension of their home.

I'm very passionate about the education of all children. I believe education and parents’ choices in the education of their children are critical if America is to continue being the beacon of hope for the rest of the world.

I want District 49 to be that school district that produces the next generation of leaders. We are very capable of that goal, because we have great students, great teachers, great supporting staff and to top it off, a great comunity. I look forward to serving this community an additional four years.”

What was at stake?


Candidate interviews

Incumbents Allen and Tammy Harold sought re-election to the board. The ballot included challengers Chris Bombria, Kevin Butcher, David H. Moore and John Graham. Member Christopher Wright did not file for re-election in 2013.

Conflict of interest concerns

Dana Palmer, the chair of the District Accountability and Advisory Committee, has raised conflict-of-interest concerns about the candidacy of Kevin Butcher. Butcher is the president of Tutt Commercial Center LLC, which currently leases real estate to the district for administrative offices. He has also acted as an intermediary between Eastern Colorado Bank and Falcon School District during negotiations to rent space for the Falcon Virtual Academy. Palmer is concerned that Butcher "will not be able to make unbiased decisions" about district finances if he wins on November 5, 2013. Butcher has countered that the district agreed to a lease with Tutt well before his candidacy and he would not be biased if the district pursues leases or other real estate transactions.[5]

About the district

See also: Falcon School District 49, Colorado
Falcon School District 49 is located in El Paso County, CO
Falcon School District 49 is based out of Peyton in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves students in six communities including Colorado Springs, Elbert, Ellicott, Falcon, Monument and Peyton. According to the 2010 US Census, El Paso County is home to 622,263 residents.[6]

Demographics

El Paso County lagged behind state averages for median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate in 2010. The average household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.1 88.1
Black or African American 6.8 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.5 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 15.6 21

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 141,493 45.7
Unaffiliated 95,849 31
Democratic 68,290 22.1
Libertarian 2,417 0.8
American Constitution 730 0.2
Green 635 0.2


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.[8]

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