|Board Member, Littleton Public Schools, At-large|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Bachelor's||Florida Atlantic University|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Perez graduated from Florida Atlantic University with double B.A. degrees in Public Administration and Public Affairs. Currently, she is a small business owner and a part-time educational consultant. She is married with five children.
|Littleton Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Arapahoe County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 22, 2013|
Perez was endorsed by several leaders in local education and government, including Arapahoe H.S. Principal, Ron Booth and Centennial Council Member, Keith Gardener.
Perez stated the following about her campaign priorities on her website:
"I believe that every child in LPS has the right to a high quality, well-rounded, and complete education that will serve as a solid foundation for them as they go forward in life. To do this I believe that we must continue to support our school district, our teachers and most importantly our students; a path which my history has shown consistent support for."
"The role of everyone who works in LPS is to ensure our students get the best education possible. A lot can go on at the district level, but the arena where the true differences are made is in the classroom, with our teachers. It is crucial that we support our teachers and give them the means to succeed in the classroom."
"The motivation for my work is, and always has been, to ensure that our kids get the best education they can get so when the time comes for them to embark on their own journey into the world, they are armed with an education that makes their dreams, aspirations, and hopes within reach. My motivation is unwavering and indefatigable and it is this motivation that fuels my desire to be your school board representative."
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 Littleton Public School Board were up for election. Current board members, Board President Bob Colwell, Board Treasurer Renée Howell and Board Assistant Secretary Sue Chandler finished their second four-year terms on the Board and could not run again due to term limits. As a result, all three members elected to the board were new.
About the district
- See also: Littleton Public Schools, Colorado
Arapahoe County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Arapahoe County is $59,937 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Arapahoe County is 11.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 38.3% of Arapahoe 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, 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, 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.
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- Kelly Perez for Littleton Public School Board, "Biography," accessed October 31, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Kelly Perez for Littleton Public School Board, "Endorsements," accessed October 31, 2013
- Kelly Perez for Littleton Public School Board, "Stance," accessed October 31, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Arapahoe County, Colorado," accessed October 4, 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