Candidate Information

Occupation: Cosmetic Sales Representative

Age: 49

Education: Attended UCCS - Major, Psychology

Endorsements: Housing and Building Association (HBA)

Experience: I have over 22 years of volunteer work in Harrison School District Two. I've spent countless hours working with teachers and students in classrooms, doing various kinds of tasks. I've also served on several different committees both in Harrison District 2 and the surrounding community, that encourage students to do well in school, so that they will have more and better college and career opportunities.

Contact Information






Doriena Longmire

Race / District Information

District Harrison School District 2
Term / Board Seat 4 years
# of Available Seats 3

What major challenges face your school district and how would you solve them, aside from additional funding?

In my opinion, our major challenge is to continue moving forward with technology, so that all of our students have the same tools that are being used by students across the country. We are currently working in that direction. I would ask for in-kind contributions from companies who are able and would like to see our students succeed, with the help of up-to-date technology in the hand of every student. These same companies could be those that end up hiring our students, upon graduation, thus getting a return on their investments. The other major challenge for our district, is hiring and retaining highly qualified teachers and staff. I would recommend some kind of incentive for new staff overall, so that they would be more likely to want to remain working in the district.

With budget constraints in place, what areas would you concentrate on?

I would continue to focus on the main academic areas reading, writing, math and science. However, I would look for ways to integrate all into the arts, so that our students wouldn't have to miss out on courses that allow them other ways to learn and grow.

This year, voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 66, which would raise $950 million in additional taxes for education. If the amendment passes, how should the money be allocated in your district?

If Amendment 66 passes, I believe the funds should be allocated in accordance to what it is stipulated for, throughout the district.

Why don't most districts get beyond 70 percent student proficiency on state assessments?

Districts that don't get beyond 70 percent proficiency on state assessments, may experience that for a variety of reasons. Inadequate preparation may be one; test anxiety may be another. There are many factors that can get in the way of getting good test scores on state assessments.

The Gazette Voter Guide is a chance for candidates to use their own words to tell voters in El Paso and Teller counties about themselves. The candidates answered questions relating to their biographical information as well as issues facing their school districts and cities. Answers have not been edited by Gazette staff.

For the guide, the Gazette reached out to every candidate running for political office for the Nov. 5 El Paso County and Teller County elections. Most, but not all, candidates chose to participate.