Columbia County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Columbia County School District 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
Columbia County School District
Columbia County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Three seats on the Columbia 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. Since no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in the District 1 contest, the top two vote recipients advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

District 1 incumbent Linard Johnson faced a challenge from newcomers Daniel C. "Danny" Green and Allison Lashea Scott. Since neither Johnson nor Green was able to garner 50 percent plus one of the vote, they faced each other in the runoff election in November. Green ultimately unseated Johnson in the runoff. Fellow board member Steve Nelson defeated Edgar "Reggie" Clauser III in the District 3 election. Stephanie K. Finnell won another term in the District 5 seat without opposition.

About the district

See also: Columbia County School District, Florida
Columbia County School District is located in Columbia County, Florida
Columbia County School District is based in Lake City, the county seat of Columbia County, Florida. Columbia County is home to 67,543 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Columbia County School District is the 38th-largest school district in Florida, serving 9,762 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Columbia County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 13.2 percent of Columbia 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 Columbia County was $37,534 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Columbia County was 19.7 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Columbia County (%) Florida (%)
White 78.1 78.3
Black or African American 18.4 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.1 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 5.2 23.2

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 15,416
Republican 13,791
Other 5,920
Total 35,127

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 Columbia County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat. There was a general election on August 26, 2014, and the runoff election for District 1 took place on November 4, 2014.

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, and the runoff election deadline was October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

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Candidate defeated in the general election:

Candidate defeated in the general election:

Election results

Runoff: District 1
Columbia County School District, District 1 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel C. "Danny" Green 51% 1,456
     Nonpartisan Linard Johnson Incumbent 49% 1,398
Total Votes 2,854
Source: Columbia County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Results, accessed November 4, 2014 These results are unofficial and will be updated when certified results are available.
General: District 1
Columbia County School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinard Johnson Incumbent 45.6% 713
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel C. "Danny" Green 37.5% 586
     Nonpartisan Allison Lashea Scott 16.9% 264
Total Votes 1,563
Source: Columbia County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Official Results," August 28, 2014
General: District 3
Columbia County School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Nelson Incumbent 85.8% 1,685
     Nonpartisan Edgar "Reggie" Clauser III 14.2% 278
Total Votes 1,963
Source: Columbia County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Official Results," August 28, 2014
General: District 5

Finnell was re-elected without opposition.

Endorsements

No candidates received official endorsements in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $35,268.70 and spent a total of $27,051.45 as of October 27, 2014, according to the Columbia County Supervisor of Elections.[5]

District 1

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $27,162.00 and spent a total of $20,847.75.

Candidate Monetary
contributions
In-kind
contributions
Expenditures Cash on hand
Linard Johnson $8,135.00 $1,260.00 $6,801.23 $1,333.77
Daniel C. "Danny" Green $13,050.00 $1,090.00 $10,698.74 $2,351.26
Allison Lashea Scott $3,617.00 $10.00 $3,050.00 $567.00
District 3

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $7,986.70 and spent a total of $6,083.70.

Candidate Monetary
contributions
In-kind
contributions
Expenditures Cash on hand
Steve Nelson $3,050.00 $1,902.00 $3,050.00 $0.00
Edgar "Reggie" Clauser III $3,033.70 $1.00 $3,033.70 $0.00
District 5

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $120.00 and spent a total of $120.00.

Candidate Monetary
contributions
In-kind
contributions
Expenditures Cash on hand
Stephanie K. Finnell $120.00 $0.00 $120.00 $0.00

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[6]

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
October 25, 2014 First day of early voting in runoff election
October 29, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for runoff election
November 1, 2014 Last day of early voting in runoff election
November 4, 2014 Runoff election day

Additional elections on the ballot

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Columbia County voted on races for the county commission and county judge 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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