|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Mesa County Valley School District 51, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Sluder is a Colorado native, having lived in Grand Junction for 25 years. He is a businessman and has been an educator for the last 15 years at Western Colorado Community College.
Sluder lost to incumbent Greg Mikolai for the District E seat on November 5, 2013.
|Mesa County Valley School District 51, District E General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Greg Mikolai Incumbent||51.9%||18,931|
|Source: Mesa County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," accessed December 16, 2013|
Sluder was endorsed by the Mesa County Republican Women.
Sluder stated the following about his vision on his website:
I have a vision that supports the kind of real-world education our 21st Century learners will need to meet the challenges of a changing and very competitive world. I’ve formulated my vision for students in Mesa County through years of experience as an educator, and in the private sector. My vision, core values, and leadership skills are what drives me in my effort to ensure that School District 51 offers the best education possible to our kids.
The conditions of the 21st Century workplace demand that we offer multiple pathways for students and parents to access the education that is best for them. The economic conditions of today demand that we have a shared accountability to make sure our schools thrive, even when budgets are tight. Mine is a vision that brings together the entire community in that shared accountability, because it makes good sense for families, schools, and for the business community which is counting on a skilled, well-educated workforce.
My opponent receives his funding from organizations which oppose the changes and innovations that will help our kids succeed in the 21st Century. My opponent would keep us in the 20th Century, where school policies protect unions, instead of students. My opponent appears to more committed to his union donors, than to the vision of a great education for students in Mesa County.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Three seats on the Mesa County Valley School Board were up for election. Current District C seat holder John Williams and District E seat holder and Board President Greg Mikolai sought re-election to their seats, while District D seat holder Leslie Kiesler was term-limited.
About the districtMesa County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Mesa County is home to 146,723 residents.
Mesa County underperformed in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011 compared to the state of Colorado. The median household income in Mesa County is $52,986 compared to $57,685 statewide. The poverty rate in Mesa County is 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Mesa County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
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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- John Sluder, accessed November 1, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Emily Shockley, The Daily Sentinel, "Mesa County Democrats shun endorsements in school races," published October 7, 2013
- John Sluder, "Home," accessed November 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Mesa County, Colorado," accessed October 31, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 4, 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.