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Colonial School District elections (2014)

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2014 Colonial School District Elections

General Election date:
May 13, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Colonial School District
New Castle County, Delaware ballot measures
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One seat on the Colonial School District school board was up for general election on May 13, 2014. Incumbent Gary Bennett withdrew from the race on April 23, 2014.[1] Fellow incumbent Melodie A. Spotts defeated challenger John C. Megahan Sr. to retain the Nominating District G seat.[2]

About the district

See also: Colonial School District, Delaware
Colonial School District is located in New Castle County, Delaware
Colonial School District is located in New Castle County, Delaware. The county seat of New Castle County is Wilmington. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Castle County is home to 538,479 residents.[3] Colonial School District is the fourth-largest school district in Delaware, serving 9,941 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[4]


New Castle County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Delaware in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.6 percent of New Castle County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 28.5 percent for Delaware as a whole. The median household income in New Castle was $54,236 compared to $60,119 for the state of Delaware. The poverty rate in New Castle County was 12.5 percent compared to 11.5 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race New Castle County (%) Delaware (%)
White 67.3 68.9
Black or African American 27.2 21.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 1.2 3.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.0
Two or More Races 2.6 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 8.2

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] 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 Colonial School Board consists of seven members elected to five-year terms in separate geographic districts. There was no primary election and the general election was held on May 13, 2014.[6] The Nominating District G seat was on the ballot in 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in 2015 and one seat will be on the ballot in 2016.[7]

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on February 5, 2014. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was March 7, 2014.[8]




Nominating District G

Note: Incumbent Gary Bennett withdrew from the race on April 23, 2014.[1]

Election results

Colonial School District,
District G General Election, 5-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelodie A. Spotts Incumbent 83.1% 197
     Nonpartisan John C. Megahan Sr. 16.9% 40
Total Votes 237
Source: Department of Elections for New Castle County, "Colonial School District May 13, 2014 School Board Election," accessed March 11, 2014


No candidate received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Delaware Commissioner of Elections.[9]

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Colonial School District election in 2014:[10]

Deadline Event
February 5, 2014 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
March 7, 2014 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
May 9, 2014 Final day absentee ballots are mailed
May 12, 2014 Last day Department of Elections can issue an absentee ballot
May 13, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

No additional elections appeared on the ballot. School board elections were also held in Appoquinimink School District, Brandywine School District, Christina School District and Red Clay Consolidated School District in other areas of New Castle County, Delaware.[8]

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