Alison Smith

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Alison Smith
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Board member, Pennsbury School District
Board member
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Connecticut
Alison Smith holds a Region 3 seat on the Pennsbury School Board in Pennsylvania. She first won election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Smith has lived in Lower Makefield for the past 18 years. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Smith was a co-founder of Residents Against Flood Trends. She is also part of PTO committees, has coached soccer and Odyssey of the Mind (OM) and lead a Girl Scout troop. Smith is married and has two children.[1]



See also: Pennsbury School District elections (2013)


Smith ran for a Region 3 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Casey Lawrence, Skip Tenney, and Debra E. DeBlasio.

Election results

General election
Pennsbury School District, Region 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAlison Smith 27.3% 2,530
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra DeBlasio 25.2% 2,337
     Republican Casey Lawrence 24.5% 2,275
     Republican Skip Tenney 23.1% 2,142
Total Votes 9,284
Source: Bucks County Election Results, "School District - Pennsbury School District SD," accessed December 24, 2013
Primary election
North Penn School District Region 3 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCasey Lawrence 30.4% 635
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSkip Tenney 27.3% 570
     Republican Allison Smith 23% 480
     Republican Debra E. DeBlasio 19.3% 402
Total Votes 2,087
Source: "Bucks County Elections," "Municipal Primary of Tuesday, May 21, 2013," accessed September 24, 2013

North Penn School District Region 3 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAllison Smith 37.9% 1,050
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra E. DeBlasio 36.9% 1,023
     Democrat Casey Lawrence 13.6% 377
     Democrat Skip Tenney 11.6% 322
Total Votes 2,772
Source: "Bucks County Elections," "Municipal Primary of Tuesday, May 21, 2013," accessed September 24, 2013


Smith reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Department of State.[2]


Smith was endorsed by The Democratic Clubs for Lower Makefield Township/Yardley.[3]

Campaign themes

Smith identified the following as her campaign themes for 2013:[4]


  • Reserves are nearly gone
  • Bill for pension costs is high
  • Two of its three middle schools require substantial repairs
  • Administration costs and legal fees are the tenth highest in the state
  • Two labor contracts need to be negotiated with no additional cost
  • Dropped precipitously to 120th in the state for educational ranking, home values are at risk

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Pennsbury School Board were at stake in the upcoming election, including board President Allan Weisel's seat. Simon Campbell was the only incumbent running for re-election.

About the district

See also: Pennsbury School District, Pennsylvania
Pennsbury School District is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Pennsbury School District serves Falls Township, Lower Makefield Township and Yardley, as well as portions of Morrisville, Newtown and Tullytown in Bucks County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the county has a population of 627,053.[5]


The county outperformed the state in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (92.4%) was higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a Bachelor's degree or higher was higher in Bucks County (34.7%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bucks County was $76,019 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Bucks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 90.1 83.5
Black or African American 3.9 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 4.3 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.6 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.0 48.8
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 51.1 48.3
2000 50.46 46.3

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7]

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