Bruce D. Alexander

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Bruce D. Alexander
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Akron Board of Education, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sYoungstown State University
Personal
ProfessionJuvenile center superintendent
Websites
Office website
Bruce D. Alexander is an at-large member on the Akron Board of Education. He won re-election to the board on November 5, 2013. Alexander first won election to the board in 2009.

Biography

Alexander earned a B.A. in Health Education from Youngstown State University in 1983. He currently serves as superintendent of Summit County Juvenile Court. Alexander and his wife have two children attending district schools.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Akron Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Alexander won re-election to the board against six other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election. There were four available seats on the board in 2013.

Results

Akron Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Mansfield Incumbent 20.9% 11,621
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce D. Alexander Incumbent 18.6% 10,344
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVeronica Sims Incumbent 15.8% 8,816
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDave Lombardi 13.8% 7,670
     Nonpartisan Janice O. Davis 12.2% 6,814
     Nonpartisan Debbie Maire Walsh 9.8% 5,466
     Nonpartisan Scott Stetson 9% 5,003
Total Votes 55,734
Source: Summit County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Summit County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

Alexander reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Endorsements

The Akron Beacon Journal endorsed Alexander on October 11, 2013.[3]

2009

Alexander won election to one of four available seats on the board in the November 3, 2009 general election. He placed second among eight candidates in the race, which went to an automatic recount due to the narrow margin between the fourth-place and fifth-place candidates.[4]

Akron Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Mansfield 20.1% 15,907
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBruce D. Alexander 16.1% 12,701
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJason Haas 14.5% 11,440
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGinger Baylor 12.9% 10,206
     Nonpartisan Dianna Smith 12.7% 10,051
     Nonpartisan Rita M. Hosch 9.6% 7,587
     Nonpartisan Virgil Anthony Ortiz 7.1% 5,607
     Nonpartisan Mexie J. Wilson 7.1% 5,596
Total Votes 79,095
Source: Summit County Board of Elections

Campaign themes

2009


Bruce Alexander, My APS (2011)

In an interview with the West Side Leader, Alexander explained why he was qualified to serve on the board:Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many

"My proven experience working with youth, families, and the community through the Summit County Juvenile Court System for over 22 plus years along with my 16 years of service working within the Akron School System would allow me to apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to help take the Akron School System to a higher level.

I am an advocate for students and learning, love the Akron community, and who loves to see students rising and overcoming obstacles to become the best they can be. This brings me joy because I was once labeled at risk and doom to fell but with determination, perseverance, and help from family and others, I was able to overcome the odds and I know our students can do just as good if not better."

What was at stake?

Incumbents Bruce D. Alexander, Lisa Mansfield and Veronica Sims sought re-election to the board on November 5, 2013. The race also featured challengers Janice O. Davis, Dave Lombardi, Scott Stetson and Debbie Maire Walsh. Current member and board president Jason Haas did not file for re-election.

Issues

Board members in Akron will contend with academic performance issues stemming from recent assessments by the Ohio Department of Education. The district only achieved proficiency in five performance indicators out of 24 according to the 2012-2013 District Report Card. This evaluation also found that proficiency levels were at least 10% behind state averages in reading and mathematics from grades 3 through 8.[5]

About the district

See also: Akron Public Schools, Ohio
Akron Public Schools is located in Summit County, Ohio
Akron is the county seat of Summit County and located in northeastern Ohio. The city's population was 199,110 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]

Demographics

Akron lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20% of Akron residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Akron had a median income of $34,190 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Akron was 25.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Akron (%) Ohio (%)
White 62.2 82.7
Black or African American 31.5 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 2.1 1.7
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.1 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.2 48.2
2008 51.5 47
2004 48.7 50.8
2000 46.3 50.1





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.[8]

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