Michael Z. Lowenstein
|Michael Z. Lowenstein|
|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Mesa County Valley School District 51, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Master's||Arizona State University|
|Ph.D.||Arizona State University|
Lowenstein has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Oberlin College, as well as a Master's and doctorate in Chemistry and Physics from Arizona State University. He was a chemistry professor at Adams State College for thirteen years and also spent a year as a visiting professor of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. Since his retirement, Lowenstein has been active in the district, serving as a substitute teacher. He also participates in The 500 Plan to tutor elementary students in reading, and as a volunteer at the McConnell Math and Science Center. He has two children and has been married to his wife, Bette, for 51 years.
Lowenstein was defeated by fellow newcomer Tom Parrish for the District D seat on November 5, 2013.
|Mesa County Valley School District 51, District D General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Michael Z. Lowenstein||40.9%||14,966|
|Source: Mesa County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," accessed December 16, 2013|
Lowenstein was endorsed by the Mesa County Republican Women.
Lowenstein stated the following about his campaign priorities on his website:
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 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.
About the districtMesa County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Mesa County is home to 146,723 residents.
Mesa County underperformed in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011 compared to the state of Colorado. The median household income in Mesa County is $52,986 compared to $57,685 statewide. The poverty rate in Mesa County is 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.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- Mike Lowenstein for School Board, "Experience," accessed November 1, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Emily Shockley, The Daily Sentinel, "Mesa County Democrats shun endorsements in school races," published October 7, 2013
- Mike Lowenstein for School Board, "Home," accessed November 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Mesa County, Colorado," accessed October 31, 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
- 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.