Downey Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Downey Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Downey Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Downey Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Martha E. Sodetani defeated Victor Manuel Malagon for the Trustee Area 1 seat, while Nancy A. Swenson defeated John N. Anagnostou for the Trustee Area 5 seat, and Barbara Rae Samperi defeated three candidates for the Trustee Area 7 seat.

About the district

Location

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Downey Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Downey, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 111,772 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Downey (%) California (%)
White 56.6 57.6
Black or African American 3.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 7.0 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.1 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 70.7 37.6

Demographics

Downey underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree. Downey outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The median household income in Downey was $59,773 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 18.8% of Downey residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Downey was 11.3% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 75.4% of Downey residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

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

Downey Unified School District School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent geographic areas known as "trustee areas" 1 through 7. Board member terms are staggered so that at least three members, but no more than four are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The four remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.

Election history

2013

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Election results

On November 5, 2013 candidates Martha E. Sodetani, Nancy A. Swenson and Barbara Rae Samperi were re-elected to the Downey Unified School District Board of Education.

Downey Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 1 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMartha E. Sodetani 90.6% 711
     Nonpartisan Victor Manuel Malagon 9.4% 74
Total Votes 785
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013


Downey Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 5 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy A. Swenson 76.3% 437
     Nonpartisan John N. Anagnostou 23.7% 136
Total Votes 573
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013


Downey Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 7 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Rae Samperi 59.9% 387
     Nonpartisan Betty Luz Monroy 24.3% 157
     Nonpartisan Bertha Rath Valenzuela 11.1% 72
     Nonpartisan Leslie Jane Valencia 4.6% 30
Total Votes 646
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

2011

Four seats from Trustee Areas 2, 3, 4, and 6 were up for election on November 8, 2011. Tod M. Corrin, William Gutierrez, Donald E. La Plante, and D. Mark Morris were all unopposed in their respective districts and won uncontested elections.

What was at stake?

Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the districts of Trustee Areas 1, 5 and 7. Incumbents Martha E. Sodetani, Nancy A. Swenson and Barbara Rae Samperi filed seeking re-election and ran opposed contests.

Issues

Anti-bullying policy

The Downey Unified School District has updated it's anti-bullying policy to come into compliance with the Safe Place to Learn Act. This act requires that California school districts adopt policies that include words that protect bullying against perceived and actual “gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation.” As of September 18, 2012, the Downey Unified School District is in compliance with the Safe Place to Learn Act. Although in compliance, Dr. Robert Jagielski, director of student services for the Downey Unified School District commented, “What happens a lot of times with all the cuts is things fall through the cracks; there’s no one to do it. In our case, I feel strongly about what we’re doing to address bullying period.”[5]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Downey Unified School District election in 2013:[6]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[7]

See also

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