Shannon Mendes

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Shannon Mendes
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Academy School District 20, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMeadows College
ProfessionProfessional development manager
Campaign website
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Shannon Mendes was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Academy School District 20 Board of Education in Colorado. She lost election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Mendes resides in El Paso County, Colorado. Mendes has earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Meadows College and she spent the first fifteen years of her career working in the field of information technology. She currently serves as the professional development manager for Aventa Credit Union, where she has been employed for the last six years. Mendes holds several professional certifications in the fields of information technology and professional develpoment, and she has volunteered most recently with the Fostering Hope Foundation and Junior Achievement in Colorado Springs.[1]



See also: Academy School District 20 elections (2013)


Mendes and Andrea Van Nort lost to Linda Van Matre, Catherine Bullock and Larry Norman Borland in their attempt to win one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Academy School District 20, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Bullock Incumbent 24% 12,019
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Van Matre Incumbent 23.2% 11,642
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Norman Borland 23.1% 11,576
     Nonpartisan Andrea Van Nort 18.6% 9,305
     Nonpartisan Shannon Mendes 11.2% 5,604
Total Votes 50,146
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013


Mendes reported $0.00 in contributions and $851.64 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $851.64 in debt.[2]


Mendes did not receive any official endorsements for her 2013 campaign.

Campaign themes

Mendes' campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

  • Accountability - Throughout my profession I have worked side by side with hundreds of leaders. I will be able to ask the tough questions. I will make certain that the district's actions and decisions are beneficial to our students, that the overall result will provide our children with the high quality education and opportunities they deserve.
  • Technology - Technology is no longer the future, it is now. With my skills I will promote the continued success of the district's technology and see to it that our students are working with the latest advancements. This will include ensuring that the necessary measures of Information Security are in place and provided for our students.
  • Professional Development - I believe that ongoing teacher development programs and support are essential to maintain our students' success. This is important with the current development performance in place which is focused on both teacher practice and student learning. With my knowledge in evaluation models and due practices, I will make sure that we will continue to meet and exceed the state's requirements.
  • Financial Literacy - With our country's debt ratio at an all time high, statistics show that Americans do not have the financial knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their own financial futures. With my experience in developing and training financial literacy, I will promote that the district develops and uses available resources to empower our children as early as elementary school and all through high school on the fundamentals of money management.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Three seats, including those of the board president, vice president and treasurer were at stake. Doug Lundberg, who served as the vice president of the board, was ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which states that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."[4] Incumbents Linda Van Matre and Catherine Bullock ran for re-election against challengers Shannon Mendes, Larry Norman Borland and Andrea Van Nort.[5]

About the district

See also: Academy School District 20, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado
Academy School District 20 is located in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves the northern portion of Colorado Springs. The county seat of El Paso County is Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 US Census, El Paso County is home to 644,964 residents.[6]


El Paso County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its poverty rate, but underperformed in terms of its average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in El Paso County is $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County is 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[6]

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