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Pueblo City Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Pueblo City Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
See also
Pueblo School District 60, Colorado
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Two seats were up for election on the Pueblo City Board of Education. Four candidates sought election to the board on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Phyllis Sanchez and newcomer Patty Milner defeated challengers Frances Montgomery and Anita Stapleton to win the two at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Pueblo City Schools, Colorado
Pueblo City Schools is located in Pueblo County, CO
Pueblo City Schools serves students in Pueblo, the county seat of Pueblo County, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Pueblo is home to 106,595 residents.[1]


Pueblo lagged behind state rates for median income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Pueblo was $34,750 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Pueblo was 22% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 19% of Pueblo residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Pueblo (%) Colorado (%)
White 75.2 81.3
Black or African American 2.5 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.1
Asian 0.8 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 4.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 49.8 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 38,133 46.9
Unaffiliated 21,396 26.3
Republican 21,182 26
Libertarian 344 0.4
American Constitution 195 0.2
Green 131 0.2

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.[3][4]

Method of board member selection

The Pueblo City Board of Education consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Candidates for the Pueblo City Board of Education had to file nominating petitions containing at least 50 valid signatures with the Pueblo County County Clerk by August 30, 2013 in order to qualify for the ballot. State law required candidates to submit disclosures of contributions and expenditures to comply with the Fair Campaign Practices Act on October 15, November 1 and December 5.[5]

Voters in Pueblo were able to request mail ballots from the Pueblo County Elections Department by October 15. These ballots were sent out to registered voters who submitted requests by the deadline starting on October 15. Mailed ballots had to be dropped off at the Pueblo County Elections Department by 7:00pm local time on November 5. Voters could also mail their ballots back to the County Clerk and Recorder though ballots had to arrive by November 5.[6]




Election results

Pueblo City Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhyllis Sanchez Incumbent 30.8% 13,559
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatty Milner 27.5% 12,110
     Nonpartisan Anita Stapleton 23.2% 10,247
     Nonpartisan Frances Montgomery 18.5% 8,161
Total Votes 44,077
Source: Pueblo County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 20, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $16,462.00 and spent a total of $14,028.29 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[7]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Patty Milner $12,968.00 $10,226.41 $2,741.59
Frances Montgomery $0.00 $110.92 -$110.92
Phyllis Sanchez $3,494.00 $3,494.00 $0.00
Anita Stapleton $0.00 $196.96 -$196.96

Past elections


Pueblo City Board of Education, At-large, November 1, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy DeNiro 33.3% 16,920
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Colucci 26.4% 13,393
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRose A. Holloway 21.1% 10,741
     Nonpartisan George E. McNinch 19.2% 9,749
Total Votes 50,803
Source: Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder

What was at stake?

Incumbent Phyllis Sanchez sought re-election to the board. Fellow member Stephanie Garcia was ineligible to run for another term 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." Sanchez was challenged by Patty Milner, Frances Montgomery and Anita Stapleton for two available seats.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Pueblo City Board of Education election in 2013:[8]

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.
October 15, 2013 First day ballots are mailed to registered voters in Pueblo County.
November 1, 2013 Candidates must file second Fair Campaign Practices Act report detailing their contributions and expenditures.
November 5, 2013 General election and last day for voters to submit mailed ballots to the Pueblo County Elections Department.
November 22, 2013 Certification of general election votes.
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.

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