Allen Gorrell

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Allen Gorrell
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Board member, Harrison County School Board, At-large
Former incumbent
Term ends
2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 13, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolRoosevelt Wilson High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of West Virginia
OtherMarshall University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service4
Personal
ProfessionFuneral home associate
ReligionBaptist
Allen Gorrell formerly held an at-large seat on the Harrison County school board in West Virginia. He lost re-election on May 13, 2014.

Biography

Gorrell is a native of Harrison County. He graduated from Roosevelt Wilson High in 1960 and attended West Virginia University. He earned a B.S. in 1965 and an M.S. in 1970. In addition, he earned 80 post graduate hours beyond his master's from both WVU and Marshall University. From 1966 to 1969, Gorrell served in the US Army, which included a tour of duty in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. He began his 38 year career in education at the Industrial School for Boys in Pruntytown, where he worked as a counselor from 1969 to 1973. In 1973 he returned to Harrison County Schools as a teacher and coach at Lumberport Elementary and Lumberport Middle School. In 1978, he was named principal at Wyatt Elementary and from there served in a succession of principal positions at Enterprise Elementary, Hartman Elementary, Morgan Elementary and Nutter Fort Primary, where he retired in 2007. In addition to his work in Harrison County, Gorrell also worked as an evaluator of schools and county school systems for the West Virginia Office of Education Performance Audits. He is currently employed as a part time associate at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home in Clarksburg. Gorrell is a deacon at Clarksburg Baptist Church, where he has served as the Chair of Finance Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Stewardship Commission and the Chair of the Children's Commission. He is a past state president of the West Virginia Baptist Convention Young Adults, a former member of the Harrison County YMCA - Board of Directors, a former member of the Harrison County Easter Seal Grants Committee, a former member of the Clarksburg Planning and Zoning Commission, a former coach of Clarksburg Central Little League and a member of VFW Post 573 in Clarksburg. Gorrell is married with two sons and one grandson.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Harrison County Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Allen Gorrell faced David M. Sturm, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Messenger and Frank Devono Jr. for an at-large seat in the general election on May 13, 2014.

Results

Harrison County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Devono Jr. 25.2% 6,567
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Daugherty 22.5% 5,867
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKristin Messenger 21.5% 5,598
     Nonpartisan Allen Gorrell Incumbent 15.8% 4,128
     Nonpartisan David M. Sturm Incumbent 15% 3,922
Total Votes 26,082
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed June 23, 2014

Funding

Gorrell did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Harrison County Clerk.[2]

Endorsements

Gorrell did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

About the district

See also: Harrison County Schools, West Virginia
Harrison County Schools is located in Harrison County, West Virginia
Harrison County Schools is located in Harrison County, West Virginia. Harrison County is home to 69,102 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau, [3] Harrison County Schools is the sixth-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 11,128 students during the 2010-11 school year with an operating budget of $138.8 million.[4]

Demographics

Harrison County outperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.1% of Harrison 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 Harrison County was $41,799 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Harrison County was 18.6% compared to 17.6% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Harrison County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 96.1 94.0
Black or African American 1.7 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 0.5 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z Z
Two or More Races 1.5 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 1.3 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 23,420 53.4
Republican 12,194 27.8
Mountain 43 0.09
No Party 8,109 0.18
Other 127 0.28

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.[6]

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