Al Martine

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Al Martine
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Candidate for
Board member, Raleigh School Board, At-large
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
Master'sMarshall University and West Virginia University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army, Major
Years of service24
ProfessionRetired principal, Meadow Bridge High School
Al Martine was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Raleigh County Schools school board in West Virginia in the general election on May 13, 2014. He previously was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 28 of the West Virginia House of Delegates.


Martine's professional experience includes working as a principal at Meadow Bridge High School. He was a Major in the United States Army from 1971-1995. Martine earned his B.S. in journalism from West Virginia University, his M.A. in journalism from West Virginia University and his M.A. in education administration at Marshall University. He is a member of the Board of Control for the Promise Scholarship, the West Virginia Education Association, the Beckley Appalachian Hospital Advisory Board, Raleigh County Housing Authority, the Salvation Army and the American Legion. He is also active with the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee. Martine and his wife, Gina, have three children.[1]



See also: Raleigh County Schools elections (2014)


Al Martine faced incumbents Larry D. Ford and Cindy Jafary as well as Jim Fraley, Charlotte Hutchens, John P. Fernald and Marsha K. Smith for one of three at-large seats in the general election on May 13, 2014.


Raleigh County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlotte Hutchens 23.8% 4,601
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry D. Ford Incumbent 18.4% 3,562
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Jafary Incumbent 17.3% 3,352
     Nonpartisan Marsha K. Smith 10.9% 2,108
     Nonpartisan Al Martine 12.3% 2,387
     Nonpartisan John P. Fernald 9.7% 1,873
     Nonpartisan Jim Fraley 7.6% 1,467
Total Votes 19,350
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed June 23, 2014


Martine did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the West Virginia Secretary of State.[2]


Martine did not receive any endorsements for his campaign.


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Martine ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 28. Martine and Jeffry A. Pritt defeated Greg Bailey and Wayne Williams in the May 8 primary election. He was defeated in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn O'Neal Incumbent 40% 3,814
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoy Cooper 25.6% 2,447
     Democratic Al Martine 24.4% 2,327
     Democratic Jeffry Pritt 10% 954
Total Votes 9,542

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 28 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeffry A. Pritt 35.3% 2,124
Green check mark transparent.pngAl Martine 23.3% 1,402
Greg A. Bailey 23% 1,385
Wayne Williams 18.3% 1,102
Total Votes 6,013

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Raleigh County school board were at stake in the May election. Incumbents Larry D. Ford and Cindy Jafary faced newcomers John P. Fernald, Jim Fraley, Charlotte Hutchens, Al Martine and Marsha K. Smith for their respective seats.

Issues in the district

Superintendent steps down

Raleigh County Schools' superintendent, Jim Brown, resigned from his position in March 2014. He cited family health issues as the primary reason for stepping down. The board began interviewing candidates in April 2014 for the position. The new superintendent, David Price, began on July 1, 2014.[6][7][8]

About the district

See also: Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia
Raleigh County Schools is located in Raleigh County, West Virginia
Raleigh County Schools is located in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Raleigh County is home to 78,833 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] Raleigh County Schools is the fifth-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 12,372 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[10]


Raleigh County underperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.1% of Raleigh County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 17.9% for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Raleigh County was $39,325 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Raleigh County was 17.5% compared to 17.6% for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Raleigh County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 89.0 94.0
Black or African American 8.2 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 0.9 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.0
Two or More Races 1.2 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 0.4 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[11]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 29,245 53.1
Republican 15,006 27.2
Mountain 41 0.1
Other 355 0.6
No Party 10,448 18.9

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.[12]

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