Rico Figueroa

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Rico Figueroa
Board Member, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District 4
Term ends
November 2013
Years in position 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
AppointedMarch, 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionProgram manager
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Rico Figueroa was the District 4 member on the Adams 12 Five Star School Board in Colorado. He was first appointed to the board in 2012. Figueroa was the only qualified candidate for the District 4 seat in 2013 but placed second to disqualified challenger Amy Speers on November 5. Her name remained on the ballot as disqualification took place after ballots were printed. The county certified Speers as the winner but state law requires the board to fill the seat with a temporary replacement within 60 days of the election.[1]


Figueroa resides in Adams County, Colorado. Figueroa is currently employed as a program manager for The Center for Relationship Education/The Colorado Healthy Marriage Project.[2]



See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools elections (2013)


Figueroa ran against challenger Amy Speers for the District 4 seat on the Adams 12 School Board on November 5, 2013. On October 29, Speers was ruled ineligible to run for the seat after Adams 12 Five Star district administrators discovered that her home residence was not located within District 4.[3] Speers released a statement following the decision apologizing for what she labeled an "oversight" and claiming that the district's election official had confirmed in August that she had "met all of the legal requirements" to be a candidate in District 4.[4] Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler ordered the county to set aside votes for Speers following the election. On November 18, a district judge in Denver ordered these votes to be counted after a challenge by district residents.[1]


Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Speers 63.6% 19,180
     Nonpartisan Rico Figueroa Incumbent 36.4% 10,971
Total Votes 30,151
Source: Adams County, Colorado "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Figueroa reported $3,103.62 in contributions and $3,103.62 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[5]


Figueroa did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

In response to a candidate survey, Figueroa provided the following three priorities of his campaign:[6]

  • Increase parent involvement and responsibility while making the district more parent friendly.
  • Create a partnership between the different groups so we are working together rather than against each other.
  • Increase the character development education of our students.

In the same survey, Figueroa also stated that the following was the largest issue confronting the school district:[6]

"I believe public education in this country is at a crisis point, something has to change. When I was appointed to the board 1.5 years ago, I was blown away that some of our schools only have a graduation rate in the upper 70s. I was even more concerned to learn this is average for all schools in Colorado. I may be an optimist but I believe we could and should achieve rates much closer to 100%. In five years we should be refining the solutions to our educational system. To find those solutions, Admin, teachers, staff, parents, and students must start partnering together. I believe I can be a bridge between these groups to build this partnership."

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were at stake in this election. Incumbent Rico Figueroa ran unopposed to keep his District 4 seat after challenger Amy Speers was deemed ineligible to run due to her residency outside of the district, while in District 3, the retirement of current board member Dr. Frederick J. Schaefer left the seat open to newcomers Joshua Bastian, Debbie Christensen, David Elliott and Kathy Plomer.[7] On November 5, the Colorado Secretary of State issued a rule stating that votes for disqualified candidates cannot be reported, which includes Speers.[8]

About the district

See also: Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is located in Adams County, Colorado. The county seat of Adams County is Brighton, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Adams County is home to 459,598 residents.[9]


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.[9]

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