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Amy C. Redding

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Amy C. Redding
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Former candidate for
Board member, San Diego Unified School District, District B
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-San Diego
Personal
ProfessionCommunity volunteer
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
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Amy C. Redding was a candidate for the District B seat on the San Diego Unified Board of Education in California. Redding ran against challenger Kevin Beiser for the District B seat in the primary election on June 3, 2014. Both candidates advanced to the general election on November 4, 2014, as they were the top two vote recipients in the primary. Amy C. Redding lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Redding is a parent and community volunteer. Redding earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California-San Diego and worked as a Senior Research Associate at Nanogen. She is the mother of two children that attend San Diego Unified schools. She serves as chair of the District Advisory Council for Compensatory Education and is a founding member of Parent Advisory Leaders.[1][2]

Elections

2014

See also: San Diego Unified School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Amy C. Redding ran against incumbent Kevin Beiser for the District B seat in the primary election on June 3, 2014. Redding and Beiser faced off again in the general election on November 4, 2014, and Redding was defeated by Beiser a second time.

Results

General
San Diego Unified School District, District B General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Beiser Incumbent 62.6% 104,963
     Nonpartisan Amy C. Redding 37.4% 62,737
Total Votes 167,700
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "Gubernatorial General Election: Tuesday, November 4, 2014," accessed January 2, 2015
Primary
San Diego Unified School District, District B Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Beiser Incumbent 68.3% 20,551
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy C. Redding 31.7% 9,537
Total Votes 30,088
Source: County of San Diego, "Gubernatorial Primary Election, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Official Results," June 24, 2014

Funding

Redding reported $8,484.00 in contributions and $1,865.08 in expenditures to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, leaving her campaign with $6,509.92 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Redding was endorsed by U-T San Deigo and District C board member Scott Barnet.[4][5]

Campaign themes

2014

Redding provided the following statement on her campaign website:

For the last nine years, Amy Redding, a parent of 2 students attending San Diego public schools, has been championing the needs of San Diego Unified students through her work with PTA and the school site councils and as chair of a district level committee.

Amy Redding always fights for public money to be spent where it will have the greatest impact for students.

As an advocate for students and the wise use of public funds, Amy Redding has:

  • Fought to keep millions of dollars at schools sites.
  • Pushed the district to be transparent with parents and tax payers.
  • Helped bring parent voices into district conversations.
  • Campaigned for safe schools through her work to pass Prop Z.

Amy Redding, as a School Board Trustee, will:

  • Make student focused decisions that maximize student success and access to a quality education.
  • Make decisions that rebuild the financial stability of San Diego Unified.
  • Be transparent with the public’s business.
  • Champion school safety and security for all schools.

Amy Redding for San Diego School Board.......A Parent’s Voice for the Kids[6]

—Amy C. Redding's campaign website, (2014), [7]

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Superintendent clashes with teachers' union

In April 2014, Superintendent Cindy Marten issued an initial contract proposal to the San Diego Education Association (SDEA), which is the local branch of the California Teacher's Association (CTA). Marten's proposal included changes in compensation policy, the inclusion of student and parent feedback in teacher evaluations and relaxed rules regarding class size. According to the SDEA, this proposal represented "broad take-backs across the board." An opinion piece by the San Diego Union Telegraph's editorial board praised Marten's proposal and denounced the SDEA's criticism of it as indicative that they are "more focused on adult employment than student achievement." Since 2009, candidates endorsed by the SDEA have constituted the majority of the school board.[8]

About the district

See also: San Diego Unified School District, California
San Diego Unified School District is located in San Diego County, California
San Diego Unified School District is located in San Diego County, California. San Diego is home to 1,338,348 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] San Diego Unified is the second-largest school district in California, serving 131,044 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]

Demographics

San Diego outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 41.4 percent of San Diego residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for San Diego was $63,990 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for San Diego was 15.4 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race San Diego (%) California (%)
White 58.9 57.6
Black or African American 6.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 15.9 13.0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.4
Two or more race 5.1 0.9
Hispanic or Latino 28.8 37.6

2013 Party Affiliation, San Diego County[11]
Party Registered Voters
Unaffiliated 841,559
Democratic 542,985
Republican 518,992
Other 316,634
Libertarian 12,113
Green 7,682
American Independent 5,642
Peace and Freedom 4,134
Americans Elect 126
Total 2,249,867

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

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