Henry D. Allen, Jr.
|Henry D. Allen, Jr.|
|Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed||June 20, 2013|
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).
|Falcon School District 49, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tammy Harold Incumbent||25.6%||7,331|
|Nonpartisan||David H. Moore||17.2%||4,927|
|Nonpartisan||Henry D. Allen, Jr. Incumbent||10.6%||3,025|
|Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013|
Allen received the endorsement of the Falcon Republican Party during the 2013 campaign.
Allen explained his views on the major issues facing the district during a candidate forum:
“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?
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.
About the district
- See also: Falcon School District 49, Colorado
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.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- New Falcon Herald, "Front Page," accessed October 29, 2013
- Falcon Republican Party, "Henry Allen," accessed October 29, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Falcon School District 49, "BOE Elections Information," accessed October 29, 2013
- KOAA, "Local school board candidate raising eyebrows," October 15, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: El Paso County, accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 28, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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.