|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Lee County School Board, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 26, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Bethune Cookman College|
|Master's||Florida A&M University|
Arvella Clare was a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Lee County School Board in Florida. She faced Don H. Armstrong, Richard L. Dunmire and Steve Teuber in the general election on August 26, 2014. She did not advance to the runoff election.
Clare earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bethune Cookman College. She later received a master's degree in community psychology from Florida A&M University. Clare previously worked as a senior counselor and a human services consultant. She and her husband have two children.
The August 26, 2014, general election in Lee County featured three seats up for election. The general election determined if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. Because no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in District 4, the top two vote recipients advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014. The District 4 race featured incumbent Don H. Armstrong and challengers Arvella Clare, Richard L. Dunmire and Steve Teuber, a former board member. Armstrong and Teuber advanced to the runoff election.
The District 1 and 5 races were determined in the general election. Mary Fischer won re-election to the District 1 seat against Marilyn Stout. Pam LaRiviere and Carla Ronco ran to replace Thomas Scott, who did not file for re-election. LaRiviere won the open seat.
|School District of Lee County, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Don H. Armstrong Incumbent||29.5%||21,154|
|Nonpartisan||Richard L. Dunmire||19.2%||13,744|
|Source: Lee County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Official Results," accessed December 23, 2014|
Clare reported $7,561.37 in contributions and loans and $4,149.13 in expenditures to the Lee County Supervisor of Elections, as of July 23, 2014.
Clare received no official endorsements in this election.
Clare ran in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 77. Clare ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and was defeated by Dane Eagle (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Florida House of Representatives, District 77, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Arvella M. Clare||37.6%||23,455|
What's at stake?
Issues in the district
Teacher's lawsuit against governor, education commissioner
Tom Faasse, a teacher at East Lee County High School, filed a lawsuit in July 2014 against Governor Rick Scott and Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart claiming that recent education legislation was unconstitutional. The lawsuit, supported by the Florida Education Association (FEA), argued that an amendment expanding school vouchers was bundled with previously rejected amendments in a bill passed by the Florida State Legislature in May 2014. State law requires that each bill approved by the legislature only deals with a single issue. The governor's office countered that the bill was necessary to provide flexibility for students located in struggling schools. The lawsuit was not resolved, as of July 25, 2014.
About the district
- See also: School District of Lee County, Florida
Lee County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.6 percent of Lee County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Lee County was $48,453 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Lee County was 14.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Arvella Clare for School Board District 4, "About," accessed July 23, 2014
- Lee County Supervisor of Elections, "Candidate Financial Reports," accessed July 23, 2014
- Florida Election Division, "Candidate List 2012," accessed May 11, 2012
- ABC 7, "Lee Co. teacher claims new education law is 'unconstitutional'," July 16, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Lee County, Florida," accessed July 14, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 7, 2014
- Lee County Supervisor of Elections, "Home," accessed July 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 School District of Lee County Elections|
|Lee County, Florida|
|Election date:||August 26, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 1: • Mary Fischer • Marilyn Stout|
District 5: • Pam LaRiviere • Carla Ronco
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|