Mesa County Valley School District 51 elections (2013)

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2013 Mesa County Valley
School District 51 Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
References
See also
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Mesa County Valley School District 51
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Three seats on the school board for Mesa County Valley School District 51 were up for general election on November 5, 2013. In District C, incumbent John Williams defeated challengers Patrick Kanda and Lonnie White. Tom Parrish triumphed over his opponent Michael Z. Lowenstein in District D and incumbent Greg Mikolai won re-election over John Sluder in District E.

About the district

See also: Mesa County Valley School District 51, Colorado
Mesa County Valley School District 51 is located in Mesa County, Colorado
Mesa County Valley School District 51 is located in Mesa County, Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Mesa County is home to 146,723 residents.[1]

Demographics

Mesa County underperformed in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010 compared to the state of Colorado. The median household income in Mesa County was $52,986 compared to $57,685 statewide. The poverty rate in Mesa County was 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.[1]

Method of board member selection

The Mesa County Valley School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected by district to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats were on the ballot in 2013, and two seats will be on the ballot in 2015.[3]

Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on August 7, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was August 30, and the filing deadline to serve as a write-in candidate was September 3.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Michael Z. Lowenstein
    • Graduate, Oberlin College, Arizona State University
    • Retired educator
  • Tom Parrish
    • Graduate, University of Northern Colorado, Western State College
    • Educator

  • John Sluder
    • Educator, Western Colorado Community College
  • Greg Mikolai
    • Incumbent and Board President
    • Instructor/video producer for Colorado Mesa University

Election results

Mesa County Valley School District 51, District C General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Williams Incumbent 53.2% 19,543
     Nonpartisan Patrick Kanda 38.2% 14,035
     Nonpartisan Lonnie White 8.6% 3,151
Total Votes 36,729
Source: Mesa County, Colorado "2013 Coordinated Election," Accessed December 16, 2013


Mesa County Valley School District 51, District D General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Parrish 59.1% 21,628
     Nonpartisan Michael Z. Lowenstein 40.9% 14,966
Total Votes 36,594
Source: Mesa County, Colorado "2013 Coordinated Election," Accessed December 16, 2013


Mesa County Valley School District 51, District E General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Mikolai Incumbent 51.9% 18,931
     Nonpartisan John Sluder 48.1% 17,569
Total Votes 36,500
Source: Mesa County, Colorado "2013 Coordinated Election," Accessed December 16, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $58,551.61 and spent a total of $58,083.94 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[5]

In the District C race, candidates received a total of $19,790.99 and spent a total of $19,790.99.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Patrick Kanda $7,344.00 $7,344.00 $0.00
Lonnie White $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
John Williams $12,446.99 $12,446.99 $0.00

In the District D race, candidates received a total of $21,523.22 and spent a total of $21,532.22.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Michael Z. Lowenstein $9,155.23 $9,155.23 $0.00
Tom Parrish $12,367.99 $12,367.99 $0.00

In the District E race, candidates received a total of $17,237.40 and spent a total of $16,769.73.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Greg Mikolai $9,129.40 $8,861.76 $886.64
John Sluder $8,108.00 $7,907.97 $200.03

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.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Mesa County Valley School District 51 election in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
August 7, 2013 Last day for nominating petitions to be made available to candidates
August 30, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
September 3, 2013 Last day to file as a write-in candidate
October 15, 2013 Candidates must file first Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures
November 1, 2013 Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures
November 5, 2013 General election
December 5, 2013 Candidates must file third Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with two statewide measures. Voters decided on a ballot measure dealing with excise taxes and sales taxes on marijuana sales in Colorado, which passed. They also voted to reject Amendment 66, which was an initiated constitutional amendment to raise the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts.

See also

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