Brian Walker

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Brian Walker
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Board member, Spartanburg County School District 2, At-Large
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolBoiling Springs High School
Bachelor'sWinthrop University
Personal
ProfessionIT worker
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Campaign website
Brian Walker was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Spartanburg County School District 2 school board. He lost election to the board on November 5, 2013 against five incumbents.

Biography

Walker is a lifelong Boiling Springs resident. He graduated with honors from Boiling Springs High School in 1992, and went on to graduate from Winthrop University with a degree in computer science. Brian has worked in IT for 16 years. He is married to wife, Jessie, and the two have three children. Walker regularly attends school board meetings in the district.[1]

Elections

See also: Spartanburg County School District 2 elections (2013)

2013

Results

Spartanburg County School District 2, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJack Marby Incumbent 19.4% 913
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Sims Incumbent 18.4% 869
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Wright Incumbent 17.3% 814
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Smith Incumbent 16.3% 767
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarriette Hipp Incumbent 15.2% 716
     Nonpartisan Brian Walker 12.4% 584
Total Votes 4,714
Source: Spartanburg County, "Office of Registration and Election, accessed December 17, 2013

Funding

Walker reported $1,000.00 in contributions and $1,000.00 in expenditures to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission.[2]

Endorsements

As of October 21, 2013, Walker had not received any endorsements for his campaign as of yet.

Campaign themes

Walker identified the following campaign themes:[3]

Security

"Recent events like Sandy Hook and DeKalb County have forced school districts to reevaluate their security policies and procedures. While we’ve made some progress in our district by implementing keyless entry and focusing on keeping doors closed at all times (except the front entrance to each school), I think our district can do more. Other local districts have committed funds to put a school resource officer (SRO) at every school and I think we should do the same. While the additional yearly cost for 9 SROs at $450,000 isn’t cheap, I think it would provide added safety and reduce initial response time to a threat."

Transparency

"I’ve been going to district 2 school board meetings for 3 years now. Anyone who has attended has probably noticed the same thing that I did, that the administrators and trustees have a detailed agenda and lot of information in front of them that is not directly discussed in the meeting and not given out to the public. While I doubt there is anything illegal or wrong going on, I think it would be better to provide that information to the public on the district website where the meeting minutes are also published. I think the meeting minutes could also use more details, especially when a vote is not unanimous."

Providing more proactive leadership

"While the school board should not micro-manage every action and decision in our district, it does need to be more proactive in solving major issues. I have had two recent disappointments in this regard.

The first is that the band director at Boiling Springs High School left at the end of the 2012-2013 school year to take a similar position in another Spartanburg county school district. In 2010 the band directors and the band booster club created a proposal for the Superintendent and the school board to consider. In the proposal was a request for additional funds (to help purchase uniforms and instruments) and resources (more instructors to help with band class sizes). A response to the proposal was never received.

The second is that the head football coach at Boiling Springs High School resigned with only a few weeks until the first game. I don’t know what the disagreement was between the coach and the administration or if either or both parties were at fault. I don’t know why the coach stepped down or was demoted from athletic director the year before. What I do know is that the situation should have been resolved sooner so that the players didn’t have to deal with a new head coach right before the start of the season.

Another situation that I was disappointed with in 2011 and 2012 was the Title IX complaint. I think that steps could have been taken to work with the parent who had valid concerns and complaints about female sports options and participation. Instead, the federal government was called in to do an investigation which resulted in the district spending a lot of time and resources to provide information."


Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

Five seats on the Spartanburg School District 2 school board were at stake in the November election. All five incumbents sought and won re-election.

About the district

See also: Spartanburg County School District 2, South Carolina
Spartanburg County School District 2 is located in Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Spartanburg County School District 2 is located in Spartanburg County, which is in Northwestern South Carolina. The county is home to 288,745 residents.[4]

Demographics

The county underperforms the state in median household income and higher education, but outperforms the state in poverty rate. According to the 2010 Census, the median household income in Spartanburg County is $43,563 compared to South Carolina's statewide median of $44,587. The rate of residents below the poverty level in Spartanburg County is 16.2% while the state rate is 17.0%. The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in Spartanburg County is 20.4% compared to the state average of 24.2%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Spartanburg County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 74.9 68.4
Black or African American 20.9 28.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 2.2 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.6
Hispanic or Latino 6.1 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 37.8 60.9
2008 39.0 60.0
2004 34.8 64.1
2000 35.4 62.4


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.[6]

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