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Linda Mojer
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Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sRollins College
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
Campaign website
Linda Mojer is an at-large member of the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education in Colorado. She won election to the board against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Mojer earned a B.A. in Humanities from Rollins College in 1984. She served as the Associate Executive Director for the U.S. Racquetball Association for 15 years. Mojer is the owner of a web consulting firm called With Substance Inc. She also serves as Executive Director of the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11 elections (2013)

Opposition

Mojer won election to the board against incumbents Al Loma and LuAnn Long as well as challengers Charlie Bobbitt, Jim Mason and James Tucker.

Results

Colorado Springs School District 11, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLuAnn Long Incumbent 21.3% 20,601
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Mason 18.7% 18,069
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Mojer 16.7% 16,191
     Nonpartisan Charlie Bobbitt 15.2% 14,696
     Nonpartisan Al Loma Incumbent 14.3% 13,854
     Nonpartisan James Tucker 13.9% 13,434
Total Votes 96,845
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013

Funding

Mojer reported $4,515.00 in contributions and $4,515.00 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with no cash on hand.[2]

Endorsements

Mojer received the endorsement of Public Educators Advocating for Kids (PEAK) for her campaign.[3]

Campaign themes

2013

Mojer provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:[4]

Pressing issues in district

As a long-time Springs resident and small business owner, my investment in public education takes the form of support for District 11 as a major primary employer with far-reaching economic impact. The size, scope and influence of the District workforce is considerable on its own, making the system itself a critical part of the local economy.

Anti-bullying policies

I've noted a very pro-active stance against bullying, as well as neutral and anonymous methods of reporting via the D11 website. There appears to be zero tolerance for such behavior, with clearly stated policies in place that include LGBT students and staff, along with processes to address any issues.

School choice

Charter school alternatives and options may well be effective for particular student bodies; however, I have unresolved concerns about the dilution of overall budget resources. I oppose vouchers, since they clearly re-direct those limited budget resources, without oversight.

District finances

Having served on numerous boards, I expect thorough, transparent, and comprehensive budget processes from any management team. Existing budget policy and process incorporates input from all levels of the district. I find it useful to observe the human "bottom line" of any budget category, when considering needed cuts.

Sex education

I'm a firm believer in the value of comprehensive sex education, as well as the right of any parent to limit their child's access to it by opting-out. Given the screening standards in place per state law, the overall benefits make implementation of the bill worthwhile in my view.

What was at stake?

Incumbents Al Loma and LuAnn Long sought re-election to the board against challengers Charlie Bobbitt, Jim Mason, Linda Mojer and James Tucker. Incumbent Sandra Mann was ineligible to run for additional terms because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."

Charter school review

In October 2013, district officials completed an annual assessment of seven charter schools based on performance during the 2012-2013 school year. The review looked at academic performance, financial responsibility and operational standards for each school. A report to the board on October 23, 2013 showed that six charter schools met or exceeded district standards. Space, Technology and Arts (STAR) Academy fell behind on several requirements of a probationary contract that lasted until June 30, 2014. This school is currently on a two-year probationary contract with the district due to lagging academic performance and failure to reduce operational costs. The board will decide in November if STAR Academy should receive an extension to meet standards as proposed by Superintendent Nicholas Gledich or allow the contract to expire.[5]

About the district

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
Colorado Springs School District 11 is located in El Paso County, CO
Colorado Springs School District 11 is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County. According to the 2010 US Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.[6]

Demographics

Colorado Springs lagged behind state averages for median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010. The average household income in Colorado Springs was $53,747 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Colorado Springs was 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 36.1% of Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs(%) Colorado (%)
White 78.8 81.3
Black or African American 6.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 3 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 20.7

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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