Azusa Unified School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Azusa Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
Three seats on the School Board for Azusa Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Helen Jaramillo and Paul Naccachian defeated six candidates for the three at-large seats.
About the district
Azusa underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree. The median household income in Azusa was $53,826 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 20.2% of Azusa residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Azusa was 18.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 76.2% of Azusa residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.
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.
Method of board member selection
Azusa Unified School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The two remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.
- Paul Naccachian
- University Professor/Mediator
- Debbie Ann Kindred
- Azusa Planning Commissioner
- Russell Bryan Rentschler
- Veronika R. Delvaux
- Helen Jaramillo
- Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez
- Incumbent Board Member
- Johnny Ramos Sanchez
- Lisa B. Harrington
- High school teacher
- Linda Bermudez
- Youth Program Coordinator
On November 5, 2013, Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Helen Jaramillo and Paul Naccachian defeated six challenging candidates for three seats on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education.
|Azusa Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez Incumbent||18%||1,097|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa B. Harrington||12.4%||757|
|Nonpartisan||Johnny Ramos Sanchez||10.7%||650|
|Nonpartisan||Debbie Ann Kindred||6%||364|
|Nonpartisan||Russell Bryan Rentschler||5.1%||308|
|Nonpartisan||Veronika R. Delvaux||4.5%||275|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013|
No candidates reported any contributions or expenditures during the election to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Lisa B. Harrington received official endorsements from the 46th and 48th Assembly District Republican Central Committee. Linda Bermudez received endorsements from Dr. Ed Hernandez State Senator, Azusa Councilmembers Robert Gonzales and Angel Carrillo, Azusa Unified School board members Yolanda Pena and Rosemary Garcia and Cirtrus College Board of Trustees Sue Keith and Joanne Montgomery. Bermudez also received an official endorsement from the Teamsters Joint Council 42.
On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Burke Hamilton and Yolanda Rodriguez Pena defeated two challengers.
|Azusa Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Yolanda Rodriguez Pena||25.8%||931|
|Nonpartisan||Ilean M. Ochoa||24.2%||876|
|Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Azusa Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 4, 2013|
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the President, Vice-President, and Board Clerk. Only incumbent Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez filed seeking re-election.
Azusa Unified School District has experienced a significant decrease in student enrollment since the 2006-07 school year. During the 2006-07 school year 11,353 students were enrolled at Azusa Unified schools, while in the 2011-12 school year 10,163 students were enrolled. The decrease of almost 1,200 students has resulted in decreased funding from both state and federal sources. In order to combat some of the problems associated with the decreased enrollment, Alice Ellington Elementary has been updated to accommodate students in grades K-8.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Azusa Unified School District election in 2013:
|July 15, 2013||First day to file a petition of candidacy|
|August 9, 2013||Close of filing period for petition of candidacy|
|October 21, 2013||Last day to register to vote in school election|
|October 29, 2013||Final day to apply to vote by mail|
|November 5, 2013||Election Day|
Additional elections on the ballot
The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.
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- Azusa Unified School District, California
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, California
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