Debbie Harrington

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Debbie Harrington
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Candidate for
Board member, Appoquinimink School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 13, 2014
Next generalMay 12, 2015
Term limitsN/A
OtherWilmington University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
ProfessionRetired U.S. Army colonel
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Debbie Harrington is a candidate for at-large representative on the Appoquinimink School District school board in Delaware. She is running for the one open seat up for election on May 12, 2015.

Harrington previously ran unsuccessfully for the board in the general election on May 13, 2014.


Debbie Harrington is a retired U.S. Army colonel and the former chief operating officer of a church and a retail mall. She is studying for a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Wilmington University. Harrington is a mother of three and she has a daughter who is a sophomore at Middletown High School.[1]



See also: Appoquinimink School District elections (2015)


One of the five seats on the Appoquinimink Board of Education is up for election on May 12, 2015. At-large incumbent Julie Johnson's seat is up for election.

While Johnson did not file to run for re-election, the following eight candidates are seeking the open seat: Joanne Christian, Tara Greathouse, Michelle Myers Wall, Debbie Harrington, Dainelle Hampton-Morton, Mark Heck, Ryan Scott and William Weller.[2]


The first campaign finance reporting deadline for this election was April 12, 2015.


Harrington received no official endorsements as of April 1, 2015.


See also: Appoquinimink School District elections (2014)


Debbie Harrington lost to incumbent Norman A. Abrams, Jr. for an at-large seat in the general election on May 13, 2014.


Appoquinimink School District, At-Large General Election, 5-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNorman A. Abrams, Jr. Incumbent 65.9% 364
     Nonpartisan Debbie Harrington 34.1% 188
Total Votes 552
Source: Department of Elections for New Castle County, "May 13, 2014 School Board Election," accessed May 14, 2014


Harrington did not file a campaign finance report with the Delaware Commissioner of Political Practices.[3]


Harrington did not receive an endorsement in this election.

What's at stake?


In the 16 years prior to this election, no race for the Appoquinimink Board of Education garnered as many candidate filings per seat as 2015. From 1999 to 2014, each seat up for election in the district averaged less than three candidate filings: only two elections had more than four candidates. More than half of the time, candidates were unopposed or faced only one other candidate in their election bid.[4]

About the district

See also: Appoquinimink School District, Delaware
Appoquinimink School District is located in New Castle County, Del.
Appoquinimink School District is located in New Castle County in northern Delaware. The county seat is Wilmington. The county was home to an estimated 549,684 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Appoquinimink School District was the fifth-largest school district in Delaware, serving 9,214 students.[6]


New Castle County outperformed Delaware as a whole in terms of higher education achievement, median household income and poverty rate in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 33.8 percent of county residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 28.9 percent for the state. The median household income in the county was $64,537 compared to $59,878 for Delaware. The poverty rate in New Castle County was 10.7 percent compared to 11.7 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race New Castle County (%) Delaware (%)
White 67.6 71.1
Black or African American 24.7 22.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 5.0 3.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 9.2 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern,
New Castle County[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote Other Votes
2012 167,082 81,230 3,684
2008 178,768 74,608 3,041

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[8][9]

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