|Former candidate for|
|Thompson Board of Education, District E|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Bryan has worked in the financial industry since 1976 and currently works as a loan consultant for Caliber Home Loans. He serves as a board member with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. Bryan also coordinates the Paint Our Town Service Club.
Bryan sought election to the board against fellow challenger Lori Hvizda Ward on November 5, 2013.
|Thompson Board of Education, District E General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Lori Hvizda Ward||52.2%||15,299|
|Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013|
Bryan earned the endorsement of Liberty Watch Colorado in the 2013 election.
Bryan's campaign website listed the following issues for 2013:
"Students who should be taking advanced classes, are not able to so because Thompson School District does not have enough teachers to teach at this level. This is holding students back and thereby preventing them from reaching their full potential. Students who do not reach their full potential also are not reaching their full achievement level."
"Graduation rates are 77.3% for 4 year graduates. This has to improve. By students not graduating on time this is putting them 1 to 2 years behind their peers. School systems must improve graduation rates by guiding, encouraging and helping students achieve this single most important goal. Employers want employees who are committed. Employees must be committed to themselves as well as the company they work for."
"When graduates get into college, too many (as much as 40%) have to take remedial classes just to catch up and begin to take college courses. As I mentioned earlier, if students take out loans to pay for their education they spend a lot of this on courses that should be learned in high school. By taking remedial classes this is again keeping students from learning at the same rate as their peers which reduces their marketability to employers."
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What was at stake?
Incumbent Jeff Berg competed with challengers Kathleen D. Hatanaka and Donna Rice to fill an unexpired two-year term in District A. Berg was appointed to the seat in August 2012 to replace Lola Johnson. Challenger Bryce Carlson faced incumbent Janice Marchman for the District B seat. Board members Sharon Olson (District E) and Leonard Sherman (District F) did not file for re-election. The District E race featured newcomers Bryan and Lori Hvizda Ward. Carl Langner and Gerald Lauer who ran for the open seat in District F.
About the district
- See also: Thompson School District, Colorado
Larimer County outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty. The average household income in Larimer County was $57,215 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Larimer County was 13.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 43.1% of Larimer County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.
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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- LinkedIn, "Rocci Bryan," accessed October 23, 2013
- Rocci Bryan for Thompson School District, "About," accessed October 23, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Facebook, "Liberty Watch Colorado," October 12, 2013
- Rocci Bryan for Thompson School District, "Issues," accessed October 23, 2013
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