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Allentown City School District elections (2013)

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2013 Allentown City School District Elections

General Election date:
November 4, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
Contact information
External links
See also
Allentown City School District
Lehigh County, Pennsylvania ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Pennsylvania
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Four seats on the Allentown City School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Each seat on the Allentown City School Board is at-large with voters throughout the city selecting from a common pool of candidates. The candidate field was narrowed in a primary election held on May 21, 2013. The new board will continue to deal with a significant budget deficit and teacher lay-offs.

Mike Welsh, Debra Lamb, Ellen Bishop and David Zimmerman defeated Kenneth Woolley Jr. to win the four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Allentown City School District, Pennsylvania
Allentown City School District is located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Allentown is the county seat of Lehigh County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The population of Allentown is 118,974 according to the 2010 Census.[1]


Allentown underperforms in educational achievement and median household income compared to the rest of the state. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (75.2%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Allentown (16.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Allentown is $35,737 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Allentown City (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 58.5 81.9
Black or African American 12.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native .8 0.2
Asian 2.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 5.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 42.8 5.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 53 45
2008 57 42
2004 51 48
2000 50 46

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.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Allentown City School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected at-large and represents the entirety of the district. The primary election for Allentown City School Board was held on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats were up for election on November 5 and the remaining five seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.[4]




The following candidates ran for the Allentown City School Board.[5]


  • Debra Lamb
    • Incumbent
    • Vice president of development, Lehigh Valley Children's Centers
  • Mike Welsh
    • Insurance agent
    • Graduate, DeSales University

Election results

Allentown City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngMike Welsh 22.8% 6,184
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zimmerman Incumbent 22.4% 6,092
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamb Incumbent 22.5% 6,111
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Bishop Incumbent 19.1% 5,189
     Democrat Kenneth Woolley Jr. 13.3% 3,601
Total Votes 27,177
Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Allentown City School District," accessed December 12, 2013


No candidates received any endorsements for their campaigns.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Department.[6]

Past Elections

What was at stake?

Four seats, including Vice President Debra Lamb's, were at stake in this election. Debra Lamb, Ellen Bishop and David Zimmerman sought re-election while Andrew Weiss did not run for another term. The three incumbents faced newcomers Mike Welsh and Kenneth Woolley Jr. for the four open seats. The board will continue to deal with the district's budget deficit as well as poor performance on state and federal assessment programs.[5]

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Allentown City School Board election.[4]

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
May 21, 2013 Primary Election Day
August 1, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers nominating independent candidates
August 8, 2013 Last day for candidates who have filed nomination papers to withdraw
August 12, 2013 Last day for candidates nominated at the Primary to withdraw
August 22, 2013 Last day to file substituted nominations
September 16, 2013 First day to receive Official Absentee Ballot Applications
October 7, 2013 Last day an elector may register to vote or make change to their voting record to be eligible for the General Election
November 1, 2013 Last day to receive Official Absentee Ballots in County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board race, residents of Allentown had statewide, countywide and citywide items on the ballot. They voted on a Judge of the Superior Court in a statewide race. They also voted for a county executive, five county commissioners, and four district judges in a countywide race. In the citywide race, they voted for mayor, city council, judge of elections and inspector of elections.[7]

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