Arvella Clare

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Arvella Clare
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Former candidate for
Board member, Lee County School Board, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 26, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBethune Cookman College
Master'sFlorida A&M University
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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 was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 77 of the Florida House of Representatives.


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.[1]



See also: School District of Lee County elections (2014)


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Teuber 33.6% 24,060
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDon H. Armstrong Incumbent 29.5% 21,154
     Nonpartisan Richard L. Dunmire 19.2% 13,744
     Nonpartisan Arvella Clare 17.7% 12,646
Total Votes 71,604
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.[2]


Clare received no official endorsements in this election.


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[3]

Florida House of Representatives, District 77, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDane Eagle 62.4% 38,936
     Democratic Arvella M. Clare 37.6% 23,455
Total Votes 62,391

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.[4]

About the district

See also: School District of Lee County, Florida
School District of Lee County is located in Lee County, Florida
School District of Lee County is based in Fort Myers, the county seat of Lee County, Florida. Lee County is home to 661,115 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] School District of Lee County is the ninth-largest school district in Florida, serving 83,895 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race Lee County (%) Florida (%)
White 87.2 78.1
Black or African American 9.0 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.6 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 19.1 23.6

Party registration, 2014[7]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 169,219
Other 115,181
Democratic 114,193
Total 398,593

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[8]

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