Alachua County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Alachua County Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Alachua County Public Schools
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Three seats on the Alachua County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. Incumbent Gunnar F. Paulson faced and defeated challenger Philoron A. Wright in the District 3 race. Rob Hyatt and Jancie Vinson both sought to replace Carol Oyenarte, who did not file for re-election in District 5. Hyatt won the open seat. District 1 incumbent April M. Griffin won re-election without opposition for a second term.

About the district

See also: Alachua County Public Schools, Florida
Alachua County Public Schools is located in Alachua County, Florida
Alachua County Public Schools is based in Gainesville, the county seat of Alachua County, Florida. Alachua County is home to 253,451 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Alachua County Public Schools is the 26th-largest school district in Florida, serving 27,480 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Alachua County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 41.2 percent of Alachua County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Alachua County was $42,818 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Alachua County was 23.8 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Alachua County (%) Florida (%)
White 71.0 78.1
Black or African American 20.4 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 5.7 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.9 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 73,718
Republican 44,584
Other 36,758
Total 155,060

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

The Alachua County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014. No runoff election was necessary.

Candidates for the school board filed for the election by June 20, 2014. The county's elections office hosted early voting for the general election at various locations from August 16, 2014, to August 23, 2014. The early voting window for the runoff election runs from October 25, 2014, to November 1, 2014. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot in the general election was August 20, 2014.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • April M. Griffin Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Florida
    • Former middle school teacher

  • Gunnar F. Paulson Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Florida
    • Retired teacher and football coach
  • Philoron A. Wright
    • Graduate, Tennessee State University and University of Florida
    • Former district teacher and administrator

  • Rob Hyatt Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, University of Florida
    • Retired teacher
  • Jancie Vinson
    • Graduate, University of Florida
    • Correctional probation specialist, Florida Department of Corrections

Election results

District 1

April M. Griffin retained her seat without opposition.

District 3
Alachua County Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGunnar F. Paulson Incumbent 66.6% 18,435
     Nonpartisan Philoron A. Wright 33.4% 9,234
Total Votes 27,669
Source: Alachua County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 5
Alachua County Public Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRob Hyatt 56.3% 15,225
     Nonpartisan Jancie Vinson 43.7% 11,802
Total Votes 27,027
Source: Alachua County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

Gunnar F. Paulson and Rob Hyatt earned endorsements from the Alachua County Education Association, North Central Florida Central Labor Council (NCFCLC) and the Human Rights Council of North Central Florida.[6][7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $51,657.28 and spent a total of $22,996.61 by July 24, 2014, according to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections.[8]

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $7,120 and spent a total of $2,403.23.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
April M. Griffin $7,120.00 $2,403.23

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $29,326 and spent a total of $14,221.79.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Gunnar F. Paulson $18,755.00 $5,854.86
Philoron A. Wright $10,571.00 $8,366.93

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $15,211.28 and spent a total of $6,371.59.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Rob Hyatt $11,991.28 $4,267.62
Jancie Vinson $3,220.00 $2,103.97

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[5]

Deadline Event
June 20, 2014 Last day of candidate filing period
August 16, 2014 First day of early voting in general election
August 20, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for general election
August 23, 2014 Last day of early voting in general election
August 26, 2014 General election day

Additional elections on the ballot

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Area residents will vote on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Alachua County will vote on races for county commission and county judge seats. Voters will also decide on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014 ballot includes races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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