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El Rancho Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 El Rancho 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
El Rancho Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for El Rancho Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Jose Lara, Aurora R. Villon and Rachel D. Canchola defeated Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas, Dr. Joseph Rivera and Fernando Centeno for the three at-large seats.

About the district

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El Rancho Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Pico Rivera, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 62,942 residents.[1]

Demographics

Pico Rivera 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 percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree. Pico Rivera outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The median household income in Pico Rivera was $55,632 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 10.4% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Pico Rivera was 11.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 66.2% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Pico Rivera (%) California (%)
White 59.4 57.6
Black or African American 1.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.0
Asian 2.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 91.2 37.6

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

El Rancho Unified School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three 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 two remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013 Jose Lara, Aurora R. Villon and Rachel D. Canchola defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education.

El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJose Lara 23.2% 1,911
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAurora R. Villon 20.9% 1,726
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRachel D. Canchola 19.5% 1,605
     Nonpartisan Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas 13.8% 1,141
     Nonpartisan Joe Rivera 12.6% 1,043
     Nonpartisan Fernando Centeno 10% 824
Total Votes 8,250
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Campaign finance

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

Endorsements

Jose Lara received official endorsements from El Rancho Federation of Teachers, Assemblymember Tony Mendoza and United Teachers Los Angeles. Fernando Centeno received official endorsements from Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Union, Pico Rivera City Council Member David Armenta and El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Norma Macias. Rachel D. Canchola received official endorsements from the ERUSD chapter of the California School Employees Association CSEA, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and Teamsters Joint Council 42.[6]

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, two seats on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Delia Alvidrez and Alfred Renteria defeated two challengers.

El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDelia Alvidrez 28.4% 1,883
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlfred Renteria 28.2% 1,873
     Nonpartisan Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas 26.3% 1,746
     Nonpartisan Susan Weinman 17.1% 1,132
Total Votes 6,634
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; El Rancho Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 24, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the Vice-President and Board Clerk. Incumbents Rachel Canchola and Dr. Joseph Rivera filed seeking re-election, they were opposed by four challengers.

Issues

Declining enrollment

The student enrollment of El Rancho Unified School District is expected to decrease by 400 over the 2013-14 year. This decrease will likely result in a budget decrease of $2.4 million. In order to balance the district budget, the district has been forced to lay off 19 teachers due to these budget decreases. In the 2012-13 school year, the district operated with a $3.8 million budget shortfall. When asked about these budget deficits, budget consultant Pearl Iizuka said "We are able to meet our obligations for this year and the next two years, each year we have a deficit, but fortunately we have reserves to cover the deficit."[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the El Rancho Unified School District election in 2013:[8]

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.[9]

See also

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