ABC Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 ABC Unified 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 elections
External links
References
See also
California
ABC Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for ABC Unified School District were up for district wide elections held on November 5, 2013. Candidates Lynda Johnson, Soo Y. Yoo and Olympia Chen defeated two challenging candidates for three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: ABC Unified School District, California
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ABC Unified School District is located on the southeastern edge of Los Angeles County, California in Cerritos, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 49,041 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Cerritos (%) California (%)
White 23.1 57.6
Black or African American 6.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.0
Asian 61.9 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.4
Two or More Races 3.8 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 12.0 37.6

Demographics

Cerritos outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Cerritos was $87,853 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 48.2% of Cerritos residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Cerritos was 5.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 92.5% of Cerritos residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

ABC Unified School District School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least three members, but no more than four are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013, three seats were at stake on the ABC Unified School District Board of Education. Candidates Lynda Johnson, Soo Y. Yoo and Olympia Chen defeated two challenging candidates.

ABC Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynda Johnson 28% 4,514
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSoo Y. Yoo 25.9% 4,177
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngOlympia Chen 22.9% 3,686
     Nonpartisan Daniel Fierro 11.9% 1,923
     Nonpartisan Ethan L. Robinson 11.3% 1,815
Total Votes 16,115
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Candidate Daniel Fierro has received endorsements from several prominent community members including City Council members and members of the Cerritos College Board of Trustees.[6] Lynda Johnson has received official endorsements from Cerritos Councilman Mark Pulido, the ABC Federation of Teachers, and Artesia City Councilman Elect Miguel Canales.[7]

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, four seats on the ABC Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Sophia M. Tse, Armin Reyes, Celia Spitzer and Maynard G. Law defeated two challengers.

ABC Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSophia M. Tse 23.4% 5,168
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArmin Reyes 19.6% 4,338
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Spitzer 18.8% 4,147
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaynard G. Law 18% 3,983
     Nonpartisan Louise Dodson 11.3% 2,503
     Nonpartisan Henna Sharma 8.8% 1,951
Total Votes 22,090
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; ABC Unified School District Voter Information" accessed August 27, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Candidates Lynda Johnson, Soo Y. Yoo and Olympia Chen defeated two challenging candidates.

Voting Rights Act lawsuit

In April, 2013, three district residents filed a lawsuit alleging that the ABC Unified School District School Board trustee system does not accurately represent the district as a whole. The current system of at-large trustees has resulted in five Asian trustees and two white trustees. All elected trustees are from the Cerritos area of the district, despite the district encompassing all or part of five cities. Former trustee applicant and plaintiff Olga Rios has sued in order to have the district change to a trustee district election system, where the district would be divided into seven geographic zones, with representatives elected from each of them. The 2002 California Voter Rights Act prohibits local governments from holding at-large elections if that system impairs the ability of minority groups to elect candidates of their choice.[8][9]

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the ABC Unified School District election in 2013:[10]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[11]

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