Bellflower Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Bellflower Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Bellflower Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Bellflower Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Laura Sanchez-Ramirez, Sue S. Elhessen and Paul L. Helzer defeated Sean Bookout, Ted Edmiston and Angelia Parrish for the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Bellflower Unified School District, California
Bellflower Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Bellflower Unified School District is located in Southern Los Angeles County, California in Bellflower, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 77,356 residents.[1]


Bellflower outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level, but underperforms when measured on percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree and median household income. The median household income in Bellflower was $50,244 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 17.4% of Bellflower residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Bellflower was 13.4% compared to 14.4% for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Bellflower (%) California (%)
White 42.2 57.6
Black or African American 14.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 11.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.8 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 52.3 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] 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

Bellflower 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]




Election results

On November 5, 2013, Laura Sanchez-Ramirez, Sue S. Elhessen and Paul L. Helzer defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the BUSD Board of Education.

Bellflower Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSue S. Elhessen 19.5% 1,268
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Sanchez-Ramirez Incumbent 19.2% 1,250
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul L. Helzer Incumbent 17.6% 1,145
     Nonpartisan Sean Bookout 15.6% 1,014
     Nonpartisan Ted Edmiston 15.1% 984
     Nonpartisan Angelia Parrish 13% 844
Total Votes 6,505
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013


Sue S. Elhessen received official endorsements from the Bellflower Teachers Association, the Bellflower CSEA and Bellflower Mayor Pro-tem Sonny R. Santa Ines. Laura Sanchez-Ramirez received official endorsements from California Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, Paramount mayor Diane Martinez and three former Cerritos mayors. Angelia Parrish received official endorsements from Bellflower Teachers Association and California School Employees Association (CSEA). Sean Bookout received official endorsements from Cerritos College Board of Trustee members John Paul Drayer and Marisa Perez. Paul L. Helzer received official endorsements from the Bellflower City Council, LA County Supervisor Don Knabe and two former BUSD superintendents.[6]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Past elections

What was at stake?

Three positions on the Bellflower Unified School District Board of Education including the President's position were at stake on the November 5, 2013 ballot. Incumbents Paul L. Helzer and Laura Sanchez-Ramirez both filed seeking re-election.


Textbook theft ring

On September 5, 2013, thirteen school district employees from the Los Angeles Unified, Bellflower Unified, Inglewood Unified and Lynwood Unified school districts were indicted on charges of embezzlement and accepting bribes. These charges stem from an investigation which revealed Corey Frederick and the operators of "Doorkeeper Textz" would bribe these school district employees in exchange for textbooks acquired from the school districts. The textbooks were then sold back to the school districts or through online outlets such as Amazon or Bookbyte. A now retired Bellflower Unified warehouse supervisor Vincent Browning has been accused of accepting $47,728 in bribes.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Bellflower 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]

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