Arlington Independent School District elections (2014)

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2014 Arlington Independent School District Elections

General Election date:
May 10, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Texas
Arlington Independent School District
Tarrant County, Texas ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Texas
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Two seats on the Arlington Board of Trustees were up for general election on May 10, 2014. Place 6 incumbent and board president Bowie Hogg won re-election to the board without opposition. Kecia Mays defeated fellow challenger Bridgett Davis for the Place 7 seat held by Tony Pompa. Pompa did not file for re-election by the February 28, 2014 deadline.

About the district

See also: Arlington Independent School District, Texas
Arlington Independent School District is located in Tarrant County, Texas
Arlington Independent School District is located in Arlington, Texas, a city located in Tarrant County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Arlington is home to 375,600 residents.[1] Arlington Independent School District is the ninth-largest school district in Texas, serving 64,703 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Arlington outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.7 percent of Arlington residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Arlington was $53,341 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Arlington was 15.9 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Arlington (%) Texas (%)
White 59.0 70.4
Black or African American 18.8 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Asian 6.8 3.8
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 27.4 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[3]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 41.4 57.1
2008 43.7 55.4
2004 37.0 62.3
2000 36.7 60.7

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Arlington Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. There was no primary election and a general election took place on May 10, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and two seats will be up for election in May 2016.[5]

Candidates for the Board of Trustees submitted paperwork with the school district secretary by February 28, 2014. Each candidate must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the district for at least six months. Members filed two campaign finance reports with the district clerk prior to the election unless they did not receive or spend $500 during the campaign.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Bowie Hogg Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Texas A&M University
    • Human resources executive, Aon Hewitt
    • Fellow, Next Generation Project, University of Texas-Austin

Election results

Arlington Independent School District, Place 6 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBowie Hogg Incumbent 100% 9,637
Total Votes 9,637
Source: Tarrant County Elections, "Cumulative Results-Official," May 21, 2014


Arlington Independent School District, Place 7 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKecia Mays 54.7% 6,232
     Nonpartisan Bridgett Davis 45.3% 5,159
Total Votes 11,391
Source: Tarrant County Elections, "Cumulative Results-Official," May 10, 2014

Endorsements

Kecia Mays received the endorsement of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the United Educators Association and the Arlington Board of Realtors.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates reported a total of $7,410 and spent a total of $2,827.28 prior to the election, according to the district office.[7]

In the Place 6 race, candidates raised a total of $2,545.00 and spent a total of $550.00.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Bowie Hogg $2,545.00 $550.00 $3,568.28

In the Place 7 race, candidates raised a total of $4,865.00 and spent a total of $2,277.28.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Bridgett Davis $2,565.00 $1,071.25 $1,493.75
Kecia Mays $2,300.00 $1,206.03 $1,093.97

Past elections

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Concerns over bond debt

An April 13, 2014 report by the Arlington Voice found that the district could accrue $500 million in interest and principal payments from the $663 million bond passed on May 10, 2014. The district already holds $465 million in debt according to the state comptroller's office. Pro-bond advocacy group Arlington First and district officials had not discussed the debt in public meetings. District financial supervisor Cindy Powell has noted that the debt is difficult to ascertain given daily fluctuations in bond interest rates. The approved bond package will finance expanded district facilities and new athletic and fine arts buildings.[8]

Bullying incident at Lynn Hale Elementary

Parents filed complaints with district officials and the Arlington Police Department regarding a bullying incident at Lynn Hale Elementary School on February 21, 2014. The complaint accused a police officer of gathering 25 students in the cafeteria for a lecture about bullying. The students were accused of bullying fellow students, photographed and told they would be observed for further bullying activity. Parents involved in the complaint note that they heard about the incident from their children rather than school administrators. The district does not have a full-time resource officer and officials are investigating the incident along with the police department.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Arlington Independent School District election in 2014:[5]

Deadline Event
January 29, 2014 First day to file paperwork for ballot placement
February 28, 2014 Last day to file paperwork for ballot placement
March 5, 2014 Last day to withdraw from ballot
April 10, 2014 Due date for first campaign finance report
April 10, 2014 Last day for voter registration with county clerk
May 1, 2014 Last day to request mailed ballot from county clerk
May 2, 2014 Due date for second campaign finance report
May 10, 2014 Election day
May 21, 2014 Final day for canvassing of votes
July 15, 2014 Last campaign finance report for election

Additional elections on the ballot

The Arlington Board of Trustees election shared the ballot with races for four seats on the Arlington City Council.[10] District residents voted by a 40-percent margin to approve a $663 million bond intended for new school construction and facilities upgrades.[11]

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