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Capistrano Unified School District elections (2014)

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2014 Capistrano Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Capistrano Unified School District
Orange County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees were up for general election on November 4, 2014. Seats from Trustee Areas 4, 6 and 7 were up for election.[1][2] Candidates Craig P. Alexander and Martha McNicholas ran for the open Trustee Area 4 seat, with McNicholas winning. Trustee Area 6 incumbent Ellen M. Addonizio lost to challenger Gila Jones, and Trustee Area 7 incumbent Lynn Hatton-Hodson won re-election against challenger Julie Collier.[3]

About the district

See also: Capistrano Unified School District, California
Capistrano Unified School District is located in Orange County, California.

Capistrano Unified School District is located in Orange County, California. The county seat of Orange County is Santa Ana. Orange County was home to 3,114,363 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] In the 2011-2012 school year, Capistrano Unified School District was the 10th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 53,170 students.[5]

Demographics

Orange County outperformed the rest of California in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.6 percent of Orange County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for Orange County was $75,566 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for Orange County was 11.7 percent while it was 15.3 percent statewide.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Orange County (%) California (%)
White 74.1 73.5
Black or African American 2.1 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.7
Asian 19.2 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 3.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 34.2 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Orange County[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 512,440 582,332
2008 549,558 579,064
2004 419,239 641,832
2000 391,819 541,299

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.[7] 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

The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to four-year terms by specific geographic districts. There was no primary election, and the general election was held on November 4, 2014. The seats from Trustee Areas 4, 6 and 7 were up for election in 2014, and the seats from Trustee Areas 1, 2, 3 and 5 will be up for election in 2016.[1][2]

School board candidates had to file with their county elections department during the candidate filing period. The filing period began July 14, 2014, and ended August 8, 2014. To vote in the 2014 general election, voters had to register by October 20, 2014. Voters could request vote-by-mail ballots from October 6, 2014, through October 28, 2014.[8]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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Election results

Trustee Area 4
Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMartha McNicholas 58% 6,832
     Nonpartisan Craig P. Alexander 42% 4,939
Total Votes 11,771
Source: Orange County Election Department, "General Election Results," accessed December 22, 2014
Trustee Area 6
Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGila Jones 58.9% 5,224
     Nonpartisan Ellen M. Addonizio Incumbent 41.1% 3,639
Total Votes 8,863
Source: Orange County Election Department, "General Election Results," accessed December 22, 2014
Trustee Area 7
Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 7 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Hatton-Hodson Incumbent 52.3% 6,351
     Nonpartisan Julie Collier 47.7% 5,783
Total Votes 12,134
Source: Orange County Election Department, "General Election Results," accessed December 22, 2014

Endorsements

The Republican Party of Orange County endorsed Trustee Area 4 candidate Craig P. Alexander, Trustee Area 6 incumbent Ellen M. Addonizio and Trustee Area 7 candidate Julie Collier.[9] The California Charter School Association (CCSA) Advocates and the Lincoln Club of Orange County, as well as California Senator Mimi Walters (R), California Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R), California Assemblyman Don Wagner (R) and Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees member Jim Reardon, also endorsed Alexander, Addonizio and Collier.[10][11][12][13] Addonizio and Collier were also endorsed by the California Republican Assembly (CRA) and the Talega Residents for Fair Taxation.[11][13] Collier, along with Alexander, were also received the endorsement of the Atlas PAC.[12][13]

The Democratic Party of Orange County endorsed Trustee Area 6 candidate Gila Jones.[14] The Capistrano Unified Education Association also endorsed Jones, as well as Trustee Area 4 candidate Martha McNicholas and Trustee Area 7 incumbent Lynn Hatton-Hodson.[15]

As an incumbent of the board, Addonizio gave endorsements to Alexander and Collier.[12][13] Hatton-Hodson also gave endorsements. She endorsed Jones and McNicholas. Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees member Gary Pritchard also endorsed Jones and McNicholas.[16][17]

McNicholas was further endorsed by Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees member John Alpay and former member Anna Bryson.[17] Board member Amy Hanacek endorsed Jones.[16]

Alexander was further endorsed by the Conservative Republicans of California, U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R) and State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R).[12] Collier's additional endorsements included California United to Reform Education (CURE), Family Action PAC and State Senator Bob Huff (R).[13]

Campaign finance

Candidates had to file contribution reports within 24 hours of receiving an aggregate total of $1,000 or more from a single source. The first scheduled pre-election report filing deadline was October 6, 2014. If candidates raised or spent less than $1,000 during the 2013 and 2014 calendar years, they had to file Form 470 at that time. If candidates raised or spent more during that time, they had to file Form 460 by the pre-election report filing deadline.[18]

Candidates required to file Form 460 also had to file a second pre-election report on October 23, 2014, and they had to file termination reports by December 31, 2014. If a termination report was not filed, candidates had to file a semi-annual report by February 2, 2015.[18]

Reports

The Orange County Registrar of Voters does not publish and freely disclose school board candidate campaign finance reports that were filed by paper in their office. Ballotpedia staffers directly requested this information, but the municipal office refused those requests to make that information public.

Past elections

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

New superintendent starts

In August 2014, the Capistrano Unified School District welcomed Kirsten Vital as its new superintendent. Before serving Capistrano Unified, Vital served for over five years as Alameda Unified School District's superintendent. She left her former district with two years left on her contract. Vital took the reins from Joe Farley, Capistrano Unified's former superintendent who officially retired July 1, 2014. In addition to her work in the Alameda Unified School District, Vital also previously served as an administrator in the Oakland Unified School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District.[19][20]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Capistrano Unified School District election in 2014:[18][21]

Deadline Event
July 14, 2014 First day for candidates to file nomination documents
August 8, 2014 Last day for candidates to file nomination documents
October 6, 2014 First day to request vote-by-mail ballot
October 6, 2014 First pre-election report due
October 20, 2014 Last day to register to vote
October 23, 2014 Second pre-election report due
October 28, 2014 Last day to request vote-by-mail ballot
November 4, 2014 Election Day
December 31, 2014 Termination report due
February 2, 2015 Semi-annual report due

Additional elections on the ballot

See also: California elections, 2014

This election shared the ballot with general elections for seven U.S. House seats, several state executive offices, three state Senate seats and seven state Assembly seats. It also shared the ballot with a number of other school board elections and municipal elections.[22] Two countywide ballot measures were also on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot.[23]

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Capistrano Unified School District, "Trustee Biographies," accessed July 15, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Orange County Registrar of Voters, "School District Contests on the Ballot," accessed July 15, 2014
  3. Orange County Registrar of Voters, "Contest/Candidate Proof List General Election 2014," accessed August 18, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Orange County, California," accessed July 11, 2014
  5. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  6. Orange County Registrar of Voters, "Election Results Archive," accessed July 11, 2014
  7. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  8. California Secretary of State, "Summary of November 4, 2014, General Election Calendar," accessed July 14, 2014
  9. Republican Party of Orange County, "County and City Offices," accessed October 28, 2014
  10. CCSA Advocates, "November 2014 Election," accessed October 28, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ellen Addonizio Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees, "Proud to be supported by...," accessed October 28, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Craig Alexander Capistrano Unified School District, "Endorsements," accessed October 28, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Julie Collier for CUSD, "Welcome," accessed October 28, 2014
  14. Democratic Party of Orange County, "Endorsements," accessed October 28, 2014
  15. California Teachers Association, "CTA Locally Endorsed Candidates as of 10/4/14," accessed October 28, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 Gila Jones CUSD School Board, "Endorsements," accessed October 28, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Martha McNicholas for Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 4, "Supporters," accessed October 28, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Fair Political Practices Commission, "Filing Schedule for Candidates and Controlled Committees for Local Office Being Voted on November 4, 2014," accessed August 19, 2014
  19. Contra Costa Times, "Alameda: A farewell to schools Superintendent Kirsten Vital," July 23, 2014
  20. Orange County Register, "Capistrano district hires Alameda superintendent as schools chief," June 19, 2014
  21. Orange County Registrar of Voters, "November 4, 2014 General Election Calendar," accessed July 11, 2014
  22. Orange County Registrar of Voters, "What's on the November 2014 General Election Ballot," accessed July 11, 2014
  23. Orange County Registrar of Voters, "Measures," accessed September 2, 2014