David Zimmerman (Pennsylvania)

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David Zimmerman
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Member, Allentown City School District
Term ends
2017
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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ProfessionData analyst for Lehigh Valley Heath Network
David Zimmerman currently sits on the Allentown City school board. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and won re-election on November 5, 2013. Zimmerman wants to focus on career preparation for students and improve the quality of education in the district while keeping costs low.

Elections

2013

See also: Allentown City School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Zimmerman sought re-election for a seat on the Allentwon City School Board. He ran against Debra Lamb, Ellen Bishop, Mike Welsh , and Kenneth Woolley Jr. 2013 for the election on November 5, 2013.[1] The field was narrowed from six candidates to five candidates in a primary held on May 21, 2013.

Results

Election results

Allentown City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngMike Welsh 22.8% 6,184
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zimmerman Incumbent 22.4% 6,092
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamb Incumbent 22.5% 6,111
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Bishop Incumbent 19.1% 5,189
     Democrat Kenneth Woolley Jr. 13.3% 3,601
Total Votes 27,177
Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Allentown City School District," accessed December 12, 2013


Allentown City School Board of Directors Democratic Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Bishop Incumbent 20.3% 1,774
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamb Incumbent 20.1% 1,752
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zimmerman Incumbent 15.5% 1,350
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMike Welsh 15.1% 1,317
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth R. Woolley Jr. 15% 1,308
     Democrat Steve Ramos 14.1% 1,233
Total Votes 8,734
Source: Municipal Primary-May 2013 from the Lehigh County Election Results released May 21, 2013



Allentown City School Board of Directors Republican Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Welsh 22.6% 1,017
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zimmerman Incumbent 22.5% 1,012
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamb Incumbent 20.8% 934
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth R. Woolley Jr. 20.2% 909
     Republican Steve Ramos 13.8% 621
Total Votes 4,493
Source: Municipal Primary-May 2013 from the Lehigh County Election Results released May 21, 2013


Funding

Zimmerman reported no contributions or expenditures to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Department.[2]

2009

Zimmerman was first elected to the Allentown City School Board in 2009.

Allentown City Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross Listed Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Weiss 25.2% 8,210
     Cross Listed Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Bishop 25.1% 8,179
     Cross Listed Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zimmerman 25.1% 8,176
     Cross Listed Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamb 24.5% 7,986
Total Votes 32,551
Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Allentown City School District School Director Election 2009,"

Campaign themes

According to an article written in The Morning Call, Zimmerman focused his campaign on the changes that need to be made in the district. Zimmerman believed the current system is broken and the district needed to go through changes to provide the quality of education the students deserve and taxpayers can afford. He also thought the district needed to start focusing more on career preparation than test scores. Zimmerman said he has focused on financial stability and has not supported tax increases. He believes his involvement with an adolescent outpatient treatment program has helped him understand students.[1]

What's at stake?

Four seats, including Vice President Debra Lamb's, were at stake in this election. Debra Lamb, Ellen Bishop and David Zimmerman were seeking re-election while Andrew Weiss did not run for another term. The three incumbents faced new-comers Mike Welsh and Kenneth Woolley Jr. for the four open seats. The board will continue to deal with the district's budget deficit as well as poor performance on state and federal assessment programs.[1]

Parent Letter

Zimmerman has gotten heat for a response he wrote to a parent regarding funding for the arts. While the parent requested the board consider not cutting the arts programs in the district, Zimmerman's letter explained that arts funding is not a priority given the current financial state of the district. The response resulted in an education activist group in the district to publish the letter and call voters not to vote for Zimmerman in the 2013 election.[3]

About the District

See also: Allentown City School District, Pennsylvania
Allentown City School District is located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Allentown is the county seat of Lehigh County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The population of Allentown is 118,974 according to the 2010 Census[4]

Demographics

Allentown underperforms in educational achievement and median household income compared to the rest of the state. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (75.2%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Allentown (16.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Allentown is $35,737 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Sioux City (%) Iowa (%)
White 58.5 81.9
Black or African American 12.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native .8 0.2
Asian 2.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 5.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 42.8 5.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 53 45
2008 57 42
2004 51 48
2000 50 46


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.[6]

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