Jeffco Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Jeffco Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
References
See also
Colorado
Jeffco Public Schools
Jefferson County, Colorado ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Colorado
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Three seats were up for election on the Jeffco Board of Education. Six candidates sought election to the board on November 5, 2013. Julie Williams defeated Tonya Aultman-Bettridge to win the District 1 seat. John Newkirk defeated Jeff Lamontagne to win the District 2 seat while Ken Witt overcame Gordon Van de Water for the District 5 seat. Jeffco is the largest school district in the state, serving over 85,000 students.

About the district

See also: Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado
Jeffco Public Schools is located in Jefferson County, CO
Jeffco Public Schools is based out of Golden, Colorado in Jefferson County. According to the 2010 US Census, Jefferson County is home to 534,543 residents.[1]

Demographics

Jefferson County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of graduation rate, median household income and poverty rate in 2010. The average household income in Jefferson County was $67,827 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Jefferson County was 8.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The high school graduation rate in Jefferson County was 93.2% compared to 89.7% statewide.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Jefferson County (%) Colorado (%)
White 92.4 81.3
Black or African American 1.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.1
Asian 2.8 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 14.9 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 109,453 33.7
Unaffiliated 110,176 33.9
Democratic 101,611 31.3
Libertarian 2,326 0.7
American Constitution 527 0.2
Green 722 0.2

Method of board member selection

The Jeffco Board of Education consists of five members who are elected by district to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election took place on November 5, 2013. Three seats were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Candidates for the Jefferson County Board of Education had to file nominating petitions containing at least 50 valid signatures with the Jefferson County Clerk by August 30, 2013 in order to qualify for the ballot. State law requires candidates to submit disclosures of contributions and expenditures to comply with the Fair Campaign Practices Act on October 15, November 1 and December 5.[3]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Jeff Lamontagne
    • Graduate, Cornell University, College of William and Mary
    • Executive director of youth wildlife refuge
  • John Newkirk
    • Graduate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Ken Witt
    • Graduate, University of Colorado Denver
    • Information technology professional
  • Gordon Van de Water
    • Graduate, University of Michigan, Syracuse University
    • Retired

Results

Jeffco Board of Education, Four-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Williams 61% 82,868
     Nonpartisan Tonya Aultman-Bettridge 39% 52,936
Total Votes 135,804
Source: Jefferson County Board of Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013


Jeffco Board of Education, Four-year term, District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Newkirk 54% 72,769
     Nonpartisan Jeff Lamontagne 46% 62,073
Total Votes 134,842
Source: Jefferson County Board of Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013


Jeffco Board of Education, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Witt 58.1% 78,943
     Nonpartisan Gordon Van de Water 41.9% 56,948
Total Votes 135,891
Source: Jefferson County Board of Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $152,131.85 and spent a total of $146,795.79 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[4]

In the District 1 race, candidates received a total of $35,013.82 and spent a total of $32,919.88.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Tonya Aultman-Bettridge $27,902.09 $27,902.09 $0.00
Julie Williams $7,111.73 $5,017.79 $2,093.94

In the District 2 race, candidates received a total of $65,965.32 and spent a total of $65,910.32.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jeff Lamontagne $59,150.32 $59,150.32 $0.00
John Newkirk $6,815.00 $6,760.00 $55.00

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $51,152.71 and spent a total of $47,965.59.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Gordon Van de Water $39,850.66 $39,850.66 $0.00
Ken Witt $11,302.05 $8,114.93 $3,187.12

Past elections

2009

Jeffco Board of Education, District 3, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJill Fellman 60.8% 70,982
     Nonpartisan Preston Branaugh 39.2% 45,795
Total Votes 116,777
Source: Jefferson County Board of Elections
Jeffco Board of Education, District 4, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLesley Dahlkemper 56.1% 64,977
     Nonpartisan Jim Powers 43.9% 50,783
Total Votes 115,760
Source: Jefferson County Board of Elections

What was at stake?

Three seats on the board were at stake in this election in Districts 1, 2 and 5. All incumbents of those districts were ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of any [...] school district [...] shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office." As a result, all board members voted in this election will be new.

Issues in the election

Stances on Amendment 66

Colorado voters cast ballots on Amendment 66, a constitutional amendment that increases income taxes to support public education. The following table lists the publicly stated position of each Board of Education candidate on the amendment.

Stances on Amendment 66[5]
Candidate Stated position
Tonya Aultman-Bettridge Support
Jeff Lamontagne Support
John Newkirk Oppose
Gordon Van de Water Support
Julie Williams Oppose
Ken Witt Oppose

Issues in the district

Resignation of Superintendent Cindy Stevenson

Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced plans to resign from the district shortly after the 2013 school board election. Stevenson left the district to work with the Colorado Association of School Executives after 12 years as superintendent. During a board meeting on February 8, the outgoing superintendent noted that the current board wanted changes in district leadership and she felt a lack of respect from new board members. Stevenson's speech drew cheers from supporters in the audience and boos for board members. Board member Julie Williams countered that Stevenson had not attempted to work with the board, citing her intention to leave the district shortly after the election. The board is working with district officials to handle day-to-day affairs through the remainder of the school year rather than appointing an interim superintendent.[6][7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Jeffco Public Schools election in 2013:[8]

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.
October 15, 2013 First day ballots are mailed to registered voters in El Paso County.
November 1, 2013 Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.
November 5, 2013 General election and last day for voters to submit mailed ballots at ballot drop-off locations.
November 22, 2013 Certification of general election votes.
December 5, 2013 Candidates must file third Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.

Additional elections on the ballot

Voters throughout Colorado cast ballots on Colorado Proposition AA, which would apply a 10% sales tax and a 15% excise tax on marijuana sold for recreational use. The ballot also included Amendment 66, a constitutional amendment that would increase income taxes to 5% for incomes up to $75,000 and 5.9% for incomes over $75,000 in order to support public education.

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