Citrus County Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Citrus County Schools Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Florida
Citrus County Schools
Citrus County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Four seats on the Citrus County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determines if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. If no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014. However, all of the races were determined in the general election.

Incumbent Thomas Kennedy defeated newcomers Thomas "Tommy" Corkery and H. Dean Morrison in District 1. Newcomers Doug Dodd, Quinton R. Herrin Jr. and Sheila Whitelaw ran to replace Patricia Deutschman in District 3, who did not file for re-election. Dodd triumphed to win that seat. Board member Sandy Balfour won a full term in the District 4 seat against Beverly "Bev" Howard. Balfour was appointed to the seat in July 2013 by Governor Rick Scott. District 5 incumbent Linda B. Powers defeated Donna Fletcher.

About the district

See also: Citrus County Schools, Florida
Citrus County Schools is located in Citrus County, Florida
Citrus County Schools is based in Inverness, the county seat of Citrus County, Florida. Citrus County is home to 139,271 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Citrus County Schools is the 33rd-largest school district in Florida, serving 15,539 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Citrus County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.4 percent of Citrus County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Citrus County was $39,034 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Citrus County was 16.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Citrus County (%) Florida (%)
White 93.4 78.1
Black or African American 3.1 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.6 2.7
Two or More Races 1.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 41,379
Democratic 30,615
Other 23,996
Total 95,990

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Citrus County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014 and the runoff election took place on November 4, 2014 if no candidate received 50 percent or more of the general election vote.

Candidates for the school board filed for the election by June 20, 2014. The county's elections office hosted early voting for the general election at various locations from August 16, 2014, to August 23, 2014. The early voting window for the runoff election ran from October 25, 2014, to November 1, 2014. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot in the general election was August 20, 2014.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Sandy Balfour Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, St. Leo University and the University of South Florida
    • Former educator and administrator
    • Owner/operator, Gannett Company and the Ft. Myers News-Press
  • Beverly "Bev" Howard
    • Graduate, Samford University and Grand Canyon University
    • Retired educator, current independent educational consultant

Election results

Citrus County Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Kennedy Incumbent 63.8% 15,545
     Nonpartisan H. Dean Morrison 22.9% 5,570
     Nonpartisan Thomas "Tommy" Corkery 13.3% 3,232
Total Votes 24,347
Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Citrus County Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Dodd 56.9% 14,133
     Nonpartisan Sheila Whitelaw 33.5% 8,316
     Nonpartisan Quinton R. Herrin Jr. 9.6% 2,392
Total Votes 24,841
Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Citrus County Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Balfour Incumbent 58.8% 14,823
     Nonpartisan Beverly "Bev" Howard 41.2% 10,374
Total Votes 25,197
Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Citrus County Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda B. Powers Incumbent 55.7% 13,685
     Nonpartisan Donna Fletcher 44.3% 10,891
Total Votes 24,576
Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

District 1 candidate Thomas "Tommy" Corkery and District 3 candidate Sheila Whitelaw both received an endorsement from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[6] District 1 incumbent Thomas Kennedy was endorsed by the Citrus County Chronicle.[7]

Campaign finance

The Citrus County Supervisor of Elections does not publish and freely disclose school board candidate campaign finance reports.

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[5]

Deadline Event
June 20, 2014 Last day of candidate filing period
August 16, 2014 First day of early voting in general election
August 20, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for general election
August 23, 2014 Last day of early voting in general election
August 26, 2014 General election day

Additional elections on the ballot

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Citrus County voted on races for county commission seats. Voters decided on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014, ballot included races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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