Mella resides in Adams County, Colorado. Mella emigrated from Chile to Kansas as a young man and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, living in the Brighton area since 1990. He received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University before earning a Master's degree and Ed.D. from the University of Colorado, Denver. Mella is employed as the director of technology for Mapleton Public Schools.
|Brighton School District, District 6 General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Teresa R. Gallegos Incumbent||42%||4,761|
|Nonpartisan||David S. Gill||34.5%||3,907|
|Source: Adams County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Adams County Coordinated Election," November 19, 2013|
Mella did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
What was at stake?
Five seats on the board were at stake in this election. District 2 incumbent Kristi Crisman did not file for re-election, but no other candidates filed for the vacant seat either, which left it open to a write-in candidate. Rick Doucet ran a write-in campaign and won the seat. District 4 incumbent Joan Kniss was 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." Newcomer Michael K. Landwehr ran unopposed for the open seat. Districts 5 and 6 incumbents Patrick D. Day and Teresa R. Gallegos faced a total of four challengers, while District 7 incumbent Gregory Piotraschke also ran unopposed for re-election.
About the district
- See also: Brighton School District, Colorado
Adams County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Adams County is $56,089 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Adams County is 14.0% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 20.7% of Adams 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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- Board of Education 27J, "Register to Vote," accessed October 11, 2013
- Crystal Nelson, The Standard Blade, "Luis Mella hopes to bring education experience to School District 27J Board of Education," October 25, 2013
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- The Standard Blade, "Polls close in Colorado; unofficial results from Nov. 5 election," November 7, 2013
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