Billings Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Billings Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
May 6, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Billings Public Schools
Yellowstone County, Montana ballot measures
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Three seats on the Billings Public Schools school board were up for general election on May 6, 2014. Incumbent Janna Hafer defeated challenger Virgil Middendorf to retain her Single Member District #2 seat, while Susan Layton overcame fellow newcomer Eric H. Olsen to win the High School District B seat. Tanya Ludwig ran unopposed and won the Single Member District #1 seat by default.

About the district

See also: Billings Public Schools, Montana
Billings Public Schools is located in Yellowstone County, Montana
Billings Public Schools is located in Yellowstone County, Montana. The county seat of Yellowstone County is Billings. Billings is home to 104,167 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Billings is the largest school district in Montana, serving 16,328 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

Demographics

Billings outperformed in comparison to the rest of Montana in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.6 percent of Billings residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 28.5 percent for Montana as a whole. The median household income in Billings was $48,074 compared to $45,456 for the state of Montana. The poverty rate in Billings was 13.1 percent compared to 14.8 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Billings (%) Montana (%)
White 89.6 89.4
Black or African American 0.8 0.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 4.4 6.3
Asian 0.7 0.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.9 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.2 2.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Yellowstone County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 26,403 40,500
2008 32,038 36,483
2004 24,120 40,903
2000 20,370 33,922

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 Billings Public Schools Board of Trustees consists of nine members elected to three-year terms by geographic electoral districts. There was no primary election, and the general election was held on May 6, 2014.[5] The Single Member District #1 seat, the Single Member District #2 seat and the High School District B seat were on the ballot in 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in both 2015 and 2016.[6]

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on December 23, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was March 27, 2014.[7]

Elections

2014

Candidates

Single Member District #1
Single Member District #2
  • Janna Hafer Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Montana State University
    • Chief financial officer and co-owner, High Plains Architects
  • Virgil Middendorf
    • Graduate, University of North Dakota and the University of Wyoming
    • Meteorologist and information technology officer, National Weather Service
High School District B
  • Eric H. Olsen
    • Graduate, Montana Tech of the University of Montana
    • Manager, August Energy

Election results

Tanya Ludwig ran unopposed and won the Single Member District #1 seat by default without an election.

Billings Public Schools, Single Member District #2 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJanna Hafer Incumbent 64.1% 1,204
     Nonpartisan Virgil Middendorf 35% 657
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.9% 17
Total Votes 1,878
Source: Yellowstone County, MT, "School Election," accessed May 6, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Billings Public Schools, High School District B General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Layton 59.4% 1,297
     Nonpartisan Eric H. Olsen 39.7% 866
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 21
Total Votes 2,184
Source: Yellowstone County, MT, "School Election," accessed May 6, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

No candidate received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices during the election.[8]

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Billings Public Schools election in 2014:[7]

Deadline Event
December 23, 2013 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
March 27, 2014 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
April 7, 2014 Close of voter registration
April 16, 2014 First day absentee ballots are available
May 6, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election did not share the ballot with other elections.[7]

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