Azusa Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Azusa Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Azusa Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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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

Location

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Azusa Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Azusa, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 47,407 residents.[1]

Demographics

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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Azusa (%) California (%)
White 57.6 57.6
Black or African American 3.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 8.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 67.6 37.6

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.[4]

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.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngXilonin Cruz-Gonzalez Incumbent 18% 1,097
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Jaramillo 15.2% 929
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Naccachian 14.8% 903
     Nonpartisan Linda Bermudez 13.3% 811
     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
Total Votes 6,094
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

No candidates reported any contributions or expenditures during the election to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

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.[6]

Election history

2011

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBurke Hamilton 25.9% 937
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngYolanda Rodriguez Pena 25.8% 931
     Nonpartisan Ilean M. Ochoa 24.2% 876
     Nonpartisan Paul Naccachian 24.1% 869
Total Votes 3,613
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.

Issues

Declined enrollment

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.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Azusa Unified School District election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
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.[9]

See also

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