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2014 DeKalb County School District Elections

General Election date:
May 20, 2014
Runoff Election date:
July 22, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Georgia
DeKalb County School District
DeKalb County, Georgia ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Georgia
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Seven seats on the DeKalb County School District Board of Education were up for general election on May 20, 2014. In Districts 3, 4 and 5, since no candidate received a simple majority of the vote in the general election, a runoff election for those seats was held between the top two vote recipients in each race on July 22, 2014. The elections in Districts 2, 4 and 6 were for full four-year terms, but the elections in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 were for two-year terms.[1]

The size of the school board shrunk from nine to seven seats as part of this election, so every seat on the board was up for election.[2] Newcomer Stan Jester in District 1 was the only candidate who ran unopposed. All other races on the ballot featured an incumbent running for re-election.[3] Marshall Orson defeated Don McChesney to retain his District 2 seat, and Melvin Johnson defeated Bridgeman Bolger to keep the District 6 seat. District 7 incumbent Joyce Morley overcame two challengers, Kim Ault and Lee V. Dukes. In District 3, incumbent Michael A. Erwin defeated Atticus LeBlanc in a runoff election after eliminating three other challengers in the general election. The District 4 race featuring two incumbents, Jim McMahan and Karen Carter, resulted in McMahan triumphing in a runoff election. Incumbent Thad Mayfield lost to newcomer Vickie B. Turner in a runoff election for the District 5 seat.

In February 2013, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal followed the recommendation of the state board of education and removed six members of the DeKalb Board of Education from office. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an organization charged with handling K-12 accreditation by the state government, had previously placed the district under "accredited probation" status following an audit that revealed issues with board governance, unethical practices and fiscal mismanagement.[4] On March 13, 2013, Governor Deal announced the appointment of six new members to fill the vacant seats. He appointed John Coleman to District 1, Michael A. Erwin to District 3, David Campbell to District 5, Joyce Morley to District 7, Karen Carter to District 8 and Thad Mayfield to District 9.[5] On January 21, 2014, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that the district was no longer under probation and had been moved up to "accreditation warned" status.[6]

Of the appointees, only John Coleman and David Campbell decided not to run for re-election to stay on the board. Erwin and Morley ran to retain their seats, and Carter and Mayfield ran for different seats on the board since their original seats were eliminated as part of the election. Carter ran in District 4 against District 4 incumbent Jim McMahan, and Mayfield ran in District 5 for the seat vacated by Campbell. Neither Carter nor Mayfield were successful in their new districts. Therefore, the only appointees to remain on the board following the 2014 election were Michael A. Erwin and Joyce Morley. Jesse Cunningham was the only board member removed by the governor who campaigned to return to the board, but he narrowly lost in the general election and did not proceed to the runoff election in District 5.[3]

About the district

See also: DeKalb County School District, Georgia
DeKalb County School District is located in DeKalb County, Georgia
DeKalb County School District is located in DeKalb County, Georgia. The county seat of DeKalb County is Decatur, Georgia. DeKalb County is home to 713,340 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[7] DeKalb County School District is the third-largest school district in Georgia, serving 98,088 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[8]

Demographics

DeKalb County outperformed the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.2 percent of DeKalb County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in DeKalb County was $51,252 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in DeKalb County was 18.6 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race DeKalb County (%) Georgia (%)
White 37.4 62.8
Black or African American 54.6 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 5.5 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 9.5 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, DeKalb County[9]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 238,224 64,392
2008 254,594 65,581
2004 200,787 73,570
2000 154,509 58,807

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.[10] 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 DeKalb County School District Board of Education consisted of nine members, but the number of members shrunk to seven as part of the 2014 election. All members are elected to four-year terms. In this election, however, the winners in Districts 2, 4 and 6 received full four-year terms, but the winners in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 received two-year terms.[1] Board members are elected separately by distinct geographical districts.[11] There was no primary election, and the general election was held on May 20, 2014. If no candidate received a simple majority of the vote in a given race, the top two vote recipients proceeded to a runoff election on July 22, 2014. Seven seats were up for election in 2014.[12]

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on March 3, 2014. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was March 7, 2014.[12] The qualifying fee to get on the ballot was $540.[13]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Stan Jester Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, the University of Texas
    • Software developer
  • Marshall Orson Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Duke University and Duke University School of Law
    • Attorney, Melbourne Partners, LLC
  • Michael A. Erwin Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Runoff candidate
    • Graduate, North Carolina Central University and the University of South Carolina
    • Assistant professor, the School of Science and Technology at Georgia Gwinnett College
    • Veteran, United States Navy
  • Atticus LeBlanc
    • Runoff candidate
    • Graduate, Yale University
    • Real estate investor
  • Jim McMahan Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Runoff candidate
    • Residential loan officer, Amstar Mortgage Network
  • Karen Carter
    • Incumbent
    • Runoff candidate
    • Graduate, Denison University and The Ohio State University
    • Department chair, Georgia Perimeter College at Clarkston
  • Thad Mayfield
    • Incumbent
    • Runoff candidate
    • Graduate, Tougaloo College and Mercer University
    • Senior partner, FOCOM, Inc.
  • Vickie B. Turner Green check mark transparent.png
    • Runoff candidate
    • Graduate, Bowling Green State University and Troy State University
    • Headmaster, The Augustine Preparatory Academy
  • Melvin Johnson Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Fort Valley State University and Clark Atlanta University
    • Retired educator
  • Joyce Morley Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport and the University of Rochester
    • Counselor and business owner, Morley & Associates

Election results

Runoff election
DeKalb County School District, District 3 Runoff Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael A. Erwin Incumbent 58.8% 4,164
     Nonpartisan Atticus LeBlanc 41.2% 2,916
Total Votes 7,080
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - July 22, 2014," accessed February 23, 2015


DeKalb County School District, District 4 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim McMahan Incumbent 57.5% 4,624
     Nonpartisan Karen Carter Incumbent 42.5% 3,411
Total Votes 8,035
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - July 22, 2014," accessed February 23, 2015


DeKalb County School District, District 5 Runoff Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVickie B. Turner 59.7% 5,194
     Nonpartisan Thad Mayfield Incumbent 40.3% 3,500
Total Votes 8,694
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - July 22, 2014," accessed February 23, 2015
General election
DeKalb County School District, District 1 General Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStan Jester 100% 6,225
Total Votes 6,225
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - May 20, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014


DeKalb County School District, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarshall Orson Incumbent 61.1% 4,259
     Nonpartisan Don McChesney 38.9% 2,712
Total Votes 6,971
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - May 20, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014


DeKalb County School District, District 3 General Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael A. Erwin Incumbent 37.2% 3,603
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAtticus LeBlanc 20.9% 2,025
     Nonpartisan Willie R. Mosley, Jr. 16.8% 1,627
     Nonpartisan Jarrod Jordan 16.7% 1,612
     Nonpartisan Jerrie D. Bason 8.4% 810
Total Votes 9,677
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - May 20, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014


DeKalb County School District, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Carter Incumbent 35.4% 3,407
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim McMahan Incumbent 29.6% 2,848
     Nonpartisan John Oselette 18.1% 1,747
     Nonpartisan Ella Smith 16.9% 1,629
Total Votes 9,631
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - May 20, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014


DeKalb County School District, District 5 General Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThad Mayfield Incumbent 36.1% 4,407
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVickie B. Turner 28.1% 3,436
     Nonpartisan Jesse Cunningham 27.6% 3,372
     Nonpartisan R. Alexander Fitzhugh 4.5% 549
     Nonpartisan Pia Bhatti 3.8% 460
Total Votes 12,224
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - May 20, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014


DeKalb County School District, District 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin Johnson Incumbent 78.3% 7,000
     Nonpartisan Bridgeman Bolger 21.7% 1,944
Total Votes 8,944
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - May 20, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014


DeKalb County School District, District 7 General Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Morley Incumbent 61.6% 4,692
     Nonpartisan Kim Ault 20.9% 1,590
     Nonpartisan Lee V. Dukes 17.6% 1,341
Total Votes 7,623
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election - May 20, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014

Endorsements

District 2 incumbent Marshall Orson received endorsements from the DeKalb, the Georgia and the National Association of Realtors.[14]

District 3 candidate Atticus LeBlanc received an endorsement from Avondale Estates Mayor Ed Rieker before the general election.[15] Following their defeat in the District 3 general election on May 20, 2014, Jerrie D. Bason, Jarrod Jordan and Willie R. Mosley, Jr. all endorsed LeBlanc instead of incumbent Michael A. Erwin for the District 3 seat.[16]

District 4 incumbent Jim McMahan received endorsements from the DeKalb, the Georgia and the National Association of Realtors. He was also endorsed by former DeKalb County sheriff and congressional candidate Thomas Brown, who lost in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[17]

District 7 incumbent Joyce Morley received endorsements from the Georgia Federation of Teachers and the Georgia Association of Realtors. She was also endorsed by DeKalb County District 5 Commissioner Lee May, pastor Kerwin B. Lee, STC Audio & Video, LLC and Monarch Consulting, LLC.[18]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $42,448.83 and spent a total of $10,115.89 prior to the election, according to the DeKalb County Department of Voter Registration and Elections.[19]

In the District 1 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

In the District 2 race, Marshall Orson raised a total of $16,202.64 and spent a total of $623.85.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Marshall Orson $16,202.64 $623.85 $15,578.79
Don McChesney $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $13,601.52 and spent a total of $4,280.57.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Michael A. Erwin $500.00 $0.00 $500.00
Jerrie D. Bason $1,150.00 $2,858.48 -$1,708.48
Jarrod Jordan $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Atticus LeBlanc $11,951.52 $1,422.09 $10,529.43
Willie R. Mosley, Jr. $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District 4 race, candidates raised a total of $525.00 but made no expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jim McMahan $525.00 $0.00 -$3,265.00
Karen Carter $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
John Oselette $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Ella Smith $0.00 $0.00 -$270.09

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $3,598.00 and spent a total of $1,639.92.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Thad Mayfield $1,173.00 $798.56 $374.44
Pia Bhatti $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Jesse Cunningham $1,975.00 $841.36 $1,133.64
R. Alexander Fitzhugh $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Vickie B. Turner $450.00 $0.00 $450.00

In the District 6 race, candidates raised a total of $7,213.00 and spent a total of $2,382.40.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Melvin Johnson $6,700.00 $1,932.40 $4,767.60
Bridgeman Bolger $513.00 $450.00 $63.00

In the District 7 race, Lee V. Dukes raised a total of $1,308.67 and spent a total of $1,189.15.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Joyce Morley $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Kim Ault $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Lee V. Dukes $1,308.67 $1,189.15 $119.52

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the DeKalb County School District election in 2014:[12]

Deadline Event
March 3, 2014 First day to file nominating petitions
March 7, 2014 Last day to file nominating petitions
April 21, 2014 Last day to register to vote in the general election
April 28, 2014 Advance voting begins
May 20, 2014 Election day
July 22, 2014 Runoff election (if needed)

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with a special election for DeKalb County sheriff, three elections for positions on the Georgia Supreme Court, five elections for positions on the Georgia Court of Appeals, three elections for positions on the Superior Court of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit and two elections for positions on the State Court of DeKalb County. Clarkston residents voted to enact four local tax exemptions.[20]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Big slate of candidates for crucial school board election," March 7, 2014
  2. 90.1 WABE, "DeKalb School Board Races Draw Crowded Field," March 18, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 DeKalb County, "Judges, State Court & Board of Education; Sheriff Special Election; Soil & Water Commission; Nonpartisan Qualified Candidates," accessed May 8, 2014
  4. CBS Atlanta, "Governor Deal Suspends DeKalb School Board Members," February 25, 2013
  5. Governor Nathan Deal - Office of the Governor, "Deal names new members of DeKalb County school board," March 13, 2013
  6. The Augusta Chronicle, "Deal praises DeKalb County schools, no longer on probation," January 21, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 United States Census Bureau, "DeKalb County, Georgia," accessed May 8, 2014
  8. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 21, 2014
  9. Georgia Secretary of State, "Current and Past Election Results," accessed May 8, 2014
  10. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  11. DeKalb County School District, "Board of Education," accessed May 8, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Georgia Secretary of State, "2014 Elections and Voter Registration Calendar," accessed May 8, 2014
  13. DeKalb County, "Qualifying Information and Fees for 2014," accessed May 8, 2014
  14. Re-Elect Marshall Orson, "Home," accessed July 15, 2014
  15. Elect Atticus, "Avondale Estates Mayor Endorses Atticus LeBlanc," May 10, 2014
  16. Elect Atticus, "All 3 former School Board Candidates Endorse Atticus LeBlanc for District 3," July 11, 2014
  17. Vote Jim McMahan for School Board in DeKalb County, "Home," accessed July 15, 2014
  18. drjoycemorley4schoolboard, "Endorsements," accessed July 15, 2014
  19. DeKalb County, "Individual Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports," accessed May 28, 2014
  20. DeKalb County, "DeKalb County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot," accessed May 8, 2014