Cynthia Benson

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Cynthia Benson
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Board member, Edmond School Board, Area 4
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Next generalFebruary 11, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCanadian High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oklahoma
Personal website
Cynthia Benson was a successful candidate for the Area 4 seat on the Edmond school board in Oklahoma. Area 4 includes the southwest portion of the district. Incumbent District 4 member Stephanie Bills was opposed by challenger, Cynthia Benson.[1]


Cynthia Benson is a clinical dietitian who has served at several hospitals including HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Barnes West County Hospital. Benson earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma.[2]



See also: Edmond Public Schools elections (2014)


Cynthia Benson challenged incumbent Stephanie Bills for the Area 4 seat in the general election on February 11, 2014.

Election results

On February 11, 2014, Cynthia Benson defeated Stephanie Bills in the general election.

Edmond Public Schools Board of Education, 5 Year Term At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Benson 57.4% 216
     Nonpartisan Stephanie Bills 42.6% 160
Total Votes 376
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "OFFICIAL RESULTS: Oklahoma County," accessed April 10, 2014


Benson did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[3]


Benson did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

About the district

See also: Edmond Public Schools, Oklahoma
Edmond Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County is Oklahoma City. According to the United States Census Bureau, Edmond is home to 81,405 residents.[4] Edmond is the fourth-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 21,344 students during the 2010-11 school year.[5]


Edmond outperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012, median household income and percentage of residents living above the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 50.7% of Edmond residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Edmond was $71,216 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Edmond was 10.6% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Edmond (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 82.6 75.5
Black or African American 5.5 7.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.6 9.0
Asian 3.2 1.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 4.2 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.1 9.3

Party Affiliation, 2013[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 168,098 41.32
Republican 180,350 44.33
Independent 58,358 14.34

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.

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