Chesapeake Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Chesapeake Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
May 6, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Chesapeake Public Schools
Local ballot measures, Virginia
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Five seats on the Chesapeake School Board were up for general election on May 6, 2014. Incumbents Christie Craig, Harry A. Murphy and Michael J. Woods as well as challengers Colleen C. Leary and Louis J. Tayon, Jr. defeated five challengers. Board members Bonita Billingsley Harris and Ann R. Wiggins did not file for re-election by the March 4, 2014 deadline.

About the district

See also: Chesapeake Public Schools, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, a city in southeastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Chesapeake is home to 228,417 residents.[1] Chesapeake Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Virginia, serving 39,468 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]


Chesapeake underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.4 percent of Chesapeake residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 34.7 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Chesapeake was $70,244 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Chesapeake was 8.3 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Chesapeake (%) Virginia (%)
White 62.6 68.6
Black or African American 29.8 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.9 5.5
Two or More Races 3.0 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 4.4 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[3]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 49.8 48.8
2008 50.2 48.9
2004 42.3 57.1
2000 45.2 53.2

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 Chesapeake School Board consists of nine at-large members elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and a general election was held on May 6, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in 2016.[5]

Candidates filed declarations of candidacy with the Chesapeake Voter Registrar by March 4, 2014. A candidate must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a resident of Virginia for at least one year and a current district resident. State law requires voters to present government-issued identification, student ID cards or a current bill with address at the ballot location.[5][6]





Election results

Chesapeake Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristie Craig Incumbent 12.3% 8,275
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngColleen C. Leary 12.3% 8,261
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarry A. Murphy Incumbent 11.4% 7,698
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael J. Woods Incumbent 11% 7,388
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLouis J. Tayon, Jr. 10% 6,748
     Nonpartisan Brenda J. Johnson 10% 6,716
     Nonpartisan Les Smith, Jr. 9.7% 6,543
     Nonpartisan Kimberly S. Hobbs 8.2% 5,525
     Nonpartisan Michael David Brown 7.7% 5,188
     Nonpartisan Wilford A. Clark, Jr. 7.3% 4,892
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 116
Total Votes 67,350
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014


The Chesapeake Democratic Committee endorsed Michael David Brown, Wilford A. Clark, Jr., Kimberly S. Hobbs, Les Smith, Jr. and Brenda J. Johnson on March 14, 2014. The Republican Party of Chesapeake endorsed Christie Craig, Harry A. Murphy, Michael J. Woods, Colleen C. Leary and Louis J. Tayon, Jr..[7] The Virginian-Pilot endorsed Wilford A. Clark, Jr., Christie Craig, Colleen C. Leary, Harry A. Murphy and Les Smith, Jr. ahead of the May 6, 2014 election.[8]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $25,112.55 and spent a total of $16,471.93, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections.[9]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Michael David Brown $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Wilford A. Clark, Jr. $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Christie Craig $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Kimberly S. Hobbs $5,375.83 $3,723.03 $1,652.80
Brenda J. Johnson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Colleen C. Leary $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Harry A. Murphy $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Les Smith, Jr. $6,400.72 $5,773.44 $627.28
Louis J. Tayon, Jr. $13,336.00 $6,975.46 $6,360.54
Michael J. Woods $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Chesapeake Public Schools election in 2014:[5][10]

Deadline Event
March 4, 2014 Last day to file paperwork for ballot placement
April 14, 2014 Last day to register to vote for the May election
April 15, 2014 First campaign finance reporting deadline before election
April 28, 2014 Last campaign finance reporting deadline before election
May 6, 2014 Election day
June 16, 2014 Filing deadline for post-election campaign finance reporting

Additional elections on the ballot

The school board election shared the ballot with races for five seats on the Chesapeake City Council.[5]

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