Earl Toole

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Earl Toole
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Board member, Upper Darby School Board
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2009
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTemple University
Personal
ProfessionAccount executive
Websites
Office website
Earl Toole is a Republican at-large member of the Upper Darby School Board in Pennsylvania. He first won election to the board in 2009. Toole won re-election to the board during the general election on November 5, 2013. He was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 164 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Biography

Toole earned his Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Temple University. He currently works as an account executive at Independence Blue Cross. He and his wife, Dawn Marie, have four children who have attended district schools.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Upper Darby School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Toole won re-election against seven other opponents during the general election on November 5, 2013.

Election results

General election
Upper Darby School District, At-large, Four-year term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen E. Carey Incumbent 13.4% 6,935
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRachel Mitchell 13.2% 6,871
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Toole Incumbent 12.7% 6,574
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngManjit Singh 12.7% 6,567
     Democratic Stacey Hawley 12.5% 6,495
     Democratic Phyllis Fields 12.2% 6,322
     Republican John McMullan 11.7% 6,055
     Republican Rose G. Conley 11.7% 6,051
Total Votes 51,870
Source: Delaware County Election Bureau, "Municipal Election 2013 Results," accessed January 30, 2014
Primary
Upper Darby School District, Republican primary, Four-year term, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen E. Carey Incumbent 21.5% 2,455
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Toole Incumbent 20.3% 2,309
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRose G. Conley 19.3% 2,205
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McMullan 16.2% 1,851
     Republican Rachel Mitchell 9.1% 1,042
     Republican Stacey Hawley 7.6% 868
     Republican Phyllis Fields 3.8% 436
     Republican Tyra Virden 2% 227
     Republican Write-in votes 0% 3
Total Votes 11,396
Source: Delaware County Election Bureau, "Municipal Primary 2013," accessed January 30, 2014


Upper Darby School District, Democratic primary, Four-year term, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRachel Mitchell 18.9% 1,234
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStacey Hawley 18.8% 1,230
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngManjit Singh 18.8% 1,228
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhyllis Fields 14.1% 923
     Democratic Rose G. Conley 8.1% 529
     Democratic Maureen E. Carey Incumbent 7.2% 471
     Democratic John McMullan 5.2% 339
     Democratic Earl Toole Incumbent 4.8% 316
     Democratic Tyra Virden 4.1% 270
     Democratic Write-in votes 0.1% 6
Total Votes 6,546
Source: Delaware County Election Bureau, "Municipal Primary 2013," accessed January 30, 2014

Funding

Toole reported no campaign contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.[2]

Endorsements

Toole received no published endorsements during this election.

2012

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Toole ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 164. Toole ran unopposed in the Republican primary on April 24 and was defeated by incumbent Margo Davidson (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 164, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMargo Davidson Incumbent 66.6% 17,240
     Republican Earl Toole 33.4% 8,649
Total Votes 25,889

Campaign themes

2013

Toole discussed his campaign themes in an interview with the Upper Darby Parent Coalition:[1]

The three issues I have with education reform are the states formula for school funding, Charter school mandates and underfunded mandates such as special education. Our state has not updated the education formula since the early 1990’s and it appears that the playing field is not leveled. School districts that are in more affluent areas are appropriated funds in the same manner as the more economically challenged districts.

Charter school funding continues to devour funding that would normally come to our school district. Charter schools operate with little if any accountability.

An underfunded mandate like special education has not allowed districts to adequately fund services without an adverse effect on regular education. Our school district continues to evaluate the services provided for regular and special education; however the state continues to impose mandates without little or no funding.

What was at stake?

The board welcomed two new members after the November 5 general election. Vince Gordon did not file for re-election in 2013 while fellow incumbent Rose G. Conley was defeated in the election. Democrats Rachel Mitchell and Manjit Singh joined the board, replacing Republican members Gordon and Conley.[4]

About the district

See also: Upper Darby School District, Pennsylvania
Upper Darby School District is located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Upper Darby School District serves K-12 students in Upper Darby, a township in eastern Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The population of Delaware County was 558,972 according to the 2010 U.S. Census[5]

Demographics

Delaware County outperformed the rest of the state in terms of educational achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with a Bachelor's degree (34.9%) was higher than the state of Pennsylvania (27.0%). The median household income in Delaware County was $64,242 compared to the state median income of $52,267. Delaware County had a poverty rate of 9.8% while the state of Pennsylvania had a poverty rate of 13.1%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Delaware County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 72.3 83.5
Black or African American 20.6 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 5.1 3.0
Two or More Races 1.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 3.2 6.1

Party affiliation, 2014
Party Registered voters  % of Total
Democratic 170,576 44.1
Republican 169,571 43.8
No affiliation 22,600 5.8
Libertarian 1,558 0.4

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

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