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Anna Nevenic
Former candidate for
Board member, Palm Springs Unified Board of Education, Trustee Area 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSFSU (1984)
Date of birth4/20/1947
Place of birthTopola, Yugoslavia
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
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Anna Nevenic was a candidate for the Trustee Area 3 seat on the Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education in California. Anna Nevenic lost the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Nevenic was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 28 of the California State Senate. She was defeated by Bonnie Garcia (R) and Jeff Stone (R) in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.

Nevenic also ran unsuccessfully for District 40 of the California State Senate in a 2013 special election.



Palm Springs Unified Board of Education

See also: Palm Springs Unified School District elections (2014)

Three seats on the Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education were up for general election on November 4, 2014. Trustee Area 3 incumbent Karen Cornett was the only incumbent running for re-election. She defeated challenger Anna Nevenic for re-election in Area 3. James Williamson defeated Vanessa Sheldon, Noel E. White and K. Magdalena Andrasevits for the open Trustee Area 4 seat. John Gerardi won the open Trustee Area 5 seats by defeating fellow newcomer Eduardo Medina.[1]

This was the first year Palm Springs Unified School District elected members to the board of education by trustee area. Prior to 2014, members were elected at-large.[2]

Palm Springs Unified School District, Trustee Area 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Cornett Incumbent 64% 5,364
     Nonpartisan Anna Nevenic 36% 3,011
Total Votes 8,375
Source: Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Consolidated General Election, November 4, 2014," accessed December 23, 2014

Nevenic filed Form 470 with the Riverside County Registrar of Voters, indicating she did not intend to raise or spend more than $1,000 for her 2014 campaign. Because of this, Nevenic did not have to file any additional campaign finance reports.[3]


Nevenic did not receive any official endorsements for this election.

California State Senate

See also: California State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Bonnie Garcia (R) and Jeff Stone (R) defeated Philip Drucker (D), Anna Nevenic (D), William "Bill" Carns (R) and Glenn A. Miller (R) in the blanket primary. Garcia was defeated by Stone in the general election.[4][5][6]

California State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Stone 53% 81,698
     Republican Bonnie Garcia 47% 72,353
Total Votes 154,051
California State Senate, District 28 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Stone 21.9% 20,807
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Garcia 19.9% 18,884
     Republican Glenn A. Miller 19.4% 18,435
     Democratic Philip Drucker 18.6% 17,635
     Democratic Anna Nevenic 15.2% 14,444
     Republican William Carns 5.1% 4,834
Total Votes 95,039


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Nevenic ran in a special election for California State Senate District 40. The seat was vacant following Juan Vargas's (D) election to the 51st Congressional District of California on November 6, 2012. Nevenic was defeated by Ben Hueso(D) in the special election on March 12, 2013.[7][8][9][10]

California State Senate, District 40, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso 53.1% 29,367
     Democratic Anna Nevenic 10.4% 5,740
     Republican Hector Gastelum 21.6% 11,951
     Republican Xanthi Gionis 14.9% 8,243
Total Votes 55,301


See also: California's 41st Congressional District elections, 2012

Nevenic ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 41st District. She was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[11][12]

Campaign themes


Nevenic's campaign website for her state Senate race highlighted the following campaign themes:[13]

  • Excerpt: "As your state senator, I promise to fight for education, health care reforms, creation of well paid jobs, making college tuition affordable, and making sure that our senior citzens get the protection and security they deserve."

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

District named in student exercise lawsuit

Palm Springs Unified School District, along with 36 other school districts across the state, was named in a lawsuit alleging the district's students were not getting enough exercise. The state mandates schools give students in kindergarten through sixth grade 200 minutes of exercise every 10 days of class, in addition to lunch and recess. The lawsuit was filed by Marc Babin and the nonprofit organization Cal200, which he leads. Palm Springs Director of Elementary Education Tony Knapp said this was the first time the district has ever received a complaint about the number of minutes students exercise and that though teachers do meet the guidelines, they are stretched thin. In order to prepare for the lawsuit, teachers were asked to keep their lesson plans detailing the time and activities students spent on exercise from the 2013-2014 school year.[14] An attorney for districts named in the case said Babin did not have a relationship with Palm Springs Unified School District before filing the lawsuit.[15]

About the district

See also: Palm Springs Unified School District, California
Palm Springs Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California.

Palm Springs Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California. The county seat of Riverside County is Riverside. Riverside County was home to 2,292,507 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[16] In the 2011-2012 school year, Palm Springs Unified School District was the 54th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 23,676 students.[17]


Riverside County underperformed compared to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.5 percent of Riverside County 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 Riverside County was $57,096 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for Riverside County was 15.6 percent while it was 15.3 percent statewide.[16]

Racial Demographics, 2012[16]
Race Riverside County (%) California (%)
White 80.8 73.7
Black or African American 7.0 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.9 1.7
Asian 6.6 13.9
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 3.3 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 46.5 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Riverside County[18]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 329,063 318,127
2008 325,017 310,041
2004 228,806 322,473
2000 202,614 232,029

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[19][20]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Contest/Candidate Proof List Consolidated General Election," accessed September 9, 2014
  2. Desert Vortex News, "City Finally Gains School Rep," January 13, 2014
  3. Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Viewing filing activity for Nevenic, Anna," accessed October 29, 2014
  4. California Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 27, 2014
  5. California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
  6. California Secretary of State, "Official general election results," accessed December 14, 2014
  7. Imperial Valley Press, "Special election will fill seat vacated by Vargas," November 14, 2012
  8. U-T San Diego, "2 REPUBLICANS JOIN STATE SENATE RACE," January 19, 2013
  9. SCPR.org, "32nd Senate District race heads to a May runoff to represent Pomona, Fontana and Ontario," March 13, 2013
  10. sos.ca.gov, "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012 (dead link)
  13. annanevenic.com "Official Campaign Website," accessed May 7, 2014
  14. Channel 3 News, "Local school districts face lawsuit over PE teachings," August 6, 2014
  15. The Desert Sun, "Mystery group sues over school physical education," July 8, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 United States Census Bureau, "Riverside County, California," accessed July 3, 2014
  17. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  18. County of Riverside Registrar of Voters, "Past Elections," accessed July 3, 2014
  19. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  20. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.