Thompson School District elections (2013)

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2013 Thompson School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
References
See also
Colorado
Thompson School District, Colorado
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Four seats were up for election on the Thompson Board of Education. Three candidates vied for an unexpired two-year term in District A while races for District B, E and F each featured two candidates. Donna Rice defeated Kathleen D. Hatanaka and incumbent Jeff Berg for the District A seat. Challenger Bryce Carlson overcame incumbent Janice Marchman for the District B seat, while Lori Hvizda Ward defeated Rocci Bryan and Carl Langner defeated Gerald Lauer for the District E and F seats, respectively.

About the district

See also: Thompson School District, Colorado
Thompson School District is located in Larimer County, CO
Thompson School District is based out of Loveland, Colorado in Larimer County. The district serves students in Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins as well as sections of Boulder and Weld Counties. Larimer County is home to 299,630 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Larimer County outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. 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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Larimer County (%) Colorado (%)
White 93.5 88.1
Black or African American 1 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.6
Asian 2.1 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.3 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 10.8 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 68,937 36.6
Republican 64,522 34.3
Democratic 52,249 27.8
Libertarian 1,549 0.8
Green 579 0.3
American Constitution 388 0.2

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Thompson Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected by district to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Seats in Districts A, C, D and G will be up for election on November 3, 2015.

Candidates in Thompson School District had to file nominating petitions containing at least 50 valid signatures with the Larimer 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.[4]

Voters in Larimer County were able to request mail ballots from the 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 ten approved locations throughout Larimer County by 7:00pm local time on November 5. Voters could also mail their ballots back to the County Clerk though ballots had to arrive by November 5.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Jeff Berg
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle
    • Small business owner
  • Kathleen D. Hatanaka
    • Homemaker
  • Donna Rice
    • Graduate, University of Northern Colorado and University of South Dakota
    • Attorney

  • Bryce Carlson
    • Graduate, North Park University
    • Pastor, Foundations Church
  • Janice Marchman
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Georgia Institute of Technology

Election results

Thompson Board of Education, District A General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Rice 44% 13,299
     Nonpartisan Jeff Berg Incumbent 40.7% 12,327
     Nonpartisan Kathleen D. Hatanaka 15.3% 4,628
Total Votes 30,254
Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Thompson Board of Education, District B General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBryce Carlson 50.4% 15,075
     Nonpartisan Janice Marchman Incumbent 49.6% 14,852
Total Votes 29,927
Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Thompson Board of Education, District E General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLori Hvizda Ward 52.2% 15,299
     Nonpartisan Rocci Bryan 47.8% 14,012
Total Votes 29,311
Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013


Thompson Board of Education, District F General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarl Langner 52.5% 15,398
     Nonpartisan Gerald Lauer 47.5% 13,948
Total Votes 29,346
Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013

Endorsements

Liberty Watch Colorado, a 501c4 organization advocating limited government and free markets, endorsed Donna Rice, Bryce Carlson, Rocci Bryan and Carl Langner for the 2013 election.[6] Boulder Weekly endorsed Donna Rice, Janice Marchman and Lori Hvizda Ward in its October 17, 2013 issue.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $51,989.82 and spent a total of $46,343.09 during the election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.[8]

In the District A race, candidates received a total of $10,899.96 and spent a total of $7,402.29.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jeff Berg $3,089.96 $7.30 $3,082.66
Kathleen D. Hatanaka $50.00 $0.00 $50.00
Donna Rice $7,760.00 $7,394.99 $365.01

In the District B race, candidates received a total of $1,705.46 and spent a total of $1,705.46.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Bryce Carlson $12,000.00 $12,000.00 $0.00
Janice Marchman $5,045.76 $5,045.76 $0.00

In the District E race, candidates received a total of $11,230.73 and spent a total of $10,074.22.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Rocci Bryan $7,467.81 $7,467.81 $0.00
Lori Hvizda Ward $3,762.92 $2,606.41 $1,156.51

In the District F race, candidates received a total of $12,813.37 and spent a total of $11,820.82.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Carl Langner $9,609.99 $8,617.44 $992.55
Gerald Lauer $3,203.38 $3,203.38 $0.00

Forums

All nine candidates participated in an October 17, 2013 forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Larimer County. Candidates discussed their views on the district's long-term budget as well as the potential impacts of Amendment 66. Lori Hvizda Ward and Gerald Lauer supported the proposed income tax increase for public education while Kathleen D. Hatanaka, Donna Rice, Rocci Bryan and Carl Langner opposed the amendment.[9]

2011

Thompson Board of Education, District A, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLola Johnson 53.4% 10,727
     Nonpartisan Kathleen D. Hatanaka 46.6% 9,373
Total Votes 20,100
Source: Larimer County Clerk


Thompson Board of Education, District B, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Marchman 100% 16,252
Total Votes 16,252
Source: Larimer County Clerk


Thompson Board of Education, District C, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Montagu 100% 16,246
Total Votes 16,246
Source: Larimer County Clerk


Thompson Board of Education, District D, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Young 100% 16,570
Total Votes 16,570
Source: Larimer County Clerk


Thompson Board of Education, District G, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Kerrigan 51% 10,427
     Nonpartisan Karen Stockley 49% 10,016
Total Votes 20,443
Source: Larimer County Clerk

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 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 Rocci Bryan and Lori Hvizda Ward. Carl Langner and Gerald Lauer ran for the open seat in District F.[10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Thompson School District election in 2013:[11]

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 Larimer 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 at ballot drop-off locations.
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 local elections and two statewide measures. Residents of Loveland cast ballots for Mayor and four seats on the City Council. The ballot featured seven countywide ballot issues including Issue 1A to authorize the use of existing revenue from an expired tax to renovate administrative buildings, which passed.[12] 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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