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LuAnn Long
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Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 6
Board Vice President
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMitchell High School
Office website
LuAnn Long is an at-large member of the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education in Colorado. She was first elected to the board in 2009. Long won re-election against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.


Long graduated from Mitchell High School. She worked with students with disabilities in the district prior to her retirement. Long also served as a co-director of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Women Helping Women. She and her husband, Mickey, have two adult children who graduated from the district.[1]



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


Long won re-election to the board against fellow incumbent Al Loma and challengers Charlie Bobbitt, Jim Mason, Linda Mojer and James Tucker.


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


Long reported $5,505.88 in contributions and $5,505.88 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with no cash on hand.[2]


Long received the following endorsements for her campaign:[3][1]

  • The Colorado Springs Independent[4]
  • Public Educators Advocating for Kids (PEAK)
  • Colorado Springs Home Builders Association
  • Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS


Long first won election to the board on November 3, 2009 by placing second out of five candidates for three available seats.

Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Mann 30.5% 34,237
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLuAnn Long 21.9% 24,524
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAl Loma 19.2% 21,468
     Nonpartisan Chyrese Exline 14.5% 16,211
     Nonpartisan Delia Armstrong-Busby 14% 15,654
Total Votes 112,094
Source: El Paso County Clerk

Campaign themes


Long provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:[5]

Pressing issues in district

I am running for the BOE because I have served on the BOE for four years, but in four years one is just getting started in identifying needs and doing something about them. I need time to finish the good things we have started. The most pressing issues the District should address this year are as follows:

  • Implementing the Optimization of Utilization project, a smooth and successful implementation
  • Declining enrollment, including drop outs
  • Stagnant test scores
  • Climate, for a safe and secure learning and working environment
  • Budget, prioritization

Anti-bullying policies

We successfully revised all our policies to not only include anti-bullying language, but also to include gender identity language. We have added a no-bullying button on our website so that anyone can report bullying by adults or students and have made anti-bullying a top priority in all our district’s goals.

School choice

I am for public education, although I think there are cases where charter schools could be successful. It is a state mandate, but all schools should be held to the same standards if they receive public funds. I am not in favor of vouchers because of the funding mechanism.

District finances

There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to budget decisions. We must trust the administration to give us the right recommendations through an inclusive, meaningful, and transparent process. The BOE must then make the final decisions to maintain a well-rounded program based on student needs.

Sex education

District 11 has already started the implementation of House Bill 13-1081, but we have work to do. I would want to follow this implementation in both policy revisions and curriculum revisions, from elementary through high schools, to ensure age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education. These concepts are very important to me.

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 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 lasts 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.[6]

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.[7]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
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[8]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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