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Stephen Boyd
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Douglas County School District, District D
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limits2 consecutive terms
ProfessionRetired educator
Stephen Boyd was a candidate for the District D seat on the Douglas County School District Board of Education up for election on November 5, 2013. He withdrew from the race on August 19, 2013.


Stephen Boyd resides in Douglas County, Colorado. Boyd spent a 33 year career in business before retiring and studying to earn a Master's degree in Education.[1] After earning his degree, he spent seven years as a teacher in Lewis-Palmer School District 38 before retiring for a second time.[1]



See also: Douglas County School District elections (2013)


Stephen Boyd ran against fellow newcomers Kevin Leung, Judi Reynolds and Julie Keim for the vacant District D seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. He withdrew from the race on August 19, 2013, due to his concern that his presence may "split the vote" and that other candidates who share his views "have a better chance of winning."[2]


During his campaign, no campaign donations or expenditures for Stephen Boyd were reported to the Colorado Secretary of State.[3]


Stephen Boyd did not receive any official endorsements for his 2013 campaign.

What was at stake?

Four seats, including that of the board president, are at stake. John Carson, the incumbent in District B, is not running for re-election. Barbra Chase Burke, James Geddes and John Peterson are running for election to the seat. Carson, who was first elected to the board in 2005, is ineligible to run for another term because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office".

The District D race includes newcomers Kevin Leung, Judi Reynolds and Julie Keim running for the seat currently held by Carrie Mendoza. Incumbent Doug Benevento will face challenger Bill Hodges in the District E race. Ronda Scholting and Nicholas Land have filed with the Colorado Secretary of State to challenge for Meghann Silverthorn's seat in District G.

Reform efforts

Americans for Prosperity, "It's Working"

The board's reform efforts, which include a voucher program, dissolution of the teachers' union agreement and a pay-for-performance plan, have become the focus of attention in the 2013 campaign. Strong Schools Coalition has led efforts to reverse some of these reforms and eliminate political involvement in board functions.[4] The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity ran ads in the region starting in August supporting the board's reform efforts while admonishing critics.[5]


Though Colorado school boards are officially nonpartisan, Douglas County has drawn attention for the involvement of the local Republican Party in board elections. In the 2009 and 2011 elections, the Douglas County Republican Party endorsed the six current members and former member Dan Gerken.[6] The party has endorsed incumbents Doug Benevento and Meghann Silverthorn as well as challengers James Geddes and Judi Reynolds for the 2013 campaign.[7] District G challenger Nicholas Land criticizes the board as too loyal to the Republican Party and wants the board to represent the entire community regardless of partisan affiliation.[8] District D candidate Kevin Leung refused to interview with the Douglas County Republicans after starting his campaign. "I believe that local, non-partisan school board elections should not be drawn into party politics. Decisions and agendas should not become strongly influenced by party ideologies instead of serving the people and the children in our schools," said Leung.[9]

About the district


Douglas County School District is located in Douglas County, CO
The Douglas County School District is located in Douglas County, Colorado. Douglas County is located between the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 US Census, Douglas County Schools is home to 285,465 residents.[10] The school district includes 88 schools and served 64,657 students in the 2012-2013 school year.[11][12] The county seat is Castle Rock, named after a notable nearby butte. The district lies on the Colorado Piedmont and features woodlands and mesas.


Douglas County outperforms the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and graduation rates in 2011. The average household income in Douglas County was $101,193 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Douglas County was 3.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 54.6% of Douglas County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[13]

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