Berkeley County Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Berkeley County Schools Elections

General Election date:
May 13, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
West Virginia
Berkeley County Schools
Berkeley County, West Virginia ballot measures
Local ballot measures, West Virginia
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Three seats on the Berkeley County Schools school board were up for general election on May 13, 2014. Incumbents Darin Gilpin and Todd M. Beckwith and newcomer Patrick H. Murphy won election against Michelle Barnes-Russell.

About the district

See also: Berkeley County Schools, West Virginia
Berkeley County Schools is located in Berkeley County, West Virginia
Berkeley County Schools is located in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Berkeley County is home to 104,169 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau, [1] Berkeley County Schools is the second-largest school district in West Virginia, serving 17,720 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2]


Berkeley County outperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.4% of Berkeley County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 17.9% for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Berkeley County was $53,332 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Berkeley County was 12.7% compared to 17.6% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Berkeley County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 88.7 94.0
Black or African American 7.4 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.0 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.6 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 24,098 36.0
Democratic 22,909 34.2
Mountain 138 0.06
Other 314 0.47
No Party 19,453 29.1

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Berkeley school board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Board members are elected at-large, but represent different geographical districts. No more than two members elected from any magisterial district may serve on the board during a given term. There was no primary election and the general election was held on May 13, 2014. Three seats were on the ballot in 2014 and two seats are on the ballot in 2015.[5]

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on January 13, 2014. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 25, 2014.[6]





  • Darin GilpinGreen check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, West Virginia University and The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Veterinarian

  • Todd M. BeckwithGreen check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, West Virginia University
    • Senior Vice President, City National Bank

Election results

Berkeley County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick H. Murphy 28.1% 4,197
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTodd M. Beckwith Incumbent 26.7% 3,987
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDarin Gilpin Incumbent 25.9% 3,876
     Nonpartisan Michelle Barnes-Russell 19.3% 2,884
Total Votes 14,944
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed June 23, 2014


No candidate received an official endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the West Virginia Secretary of State.[7]

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Berkeley County Schools election in 2014:[6]

Deadline Event
January 13, 2014 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
January 25, 2014 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
February 7, 2014 First day to request an absentee ballot
April 30, 2014 Early voting begins
May 7, 2014 Last day to request an absentee ballot
May 10, 2014 Early voting ends
May 13, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board election, residents of Berkeley County voted in a county council election, a County Republican Executive Committee election, a County Democrat Executive Committee election and a Conservation District Supervisor election.[5]

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