Eric Epstein

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Eric Epstein
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Board member, Central Dauphin School District
Member
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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Eric Epstein holds Region 2 seat on the Central Dauphin school board. He first won election to the board on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Epstein taught Adult Basic Education, General Education Development and Continuing Education classes for 18 years in various adult education settings including churches, community centers, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, libraries, public housing buildings, social service facilities and senior residences. He was the Academic Coordinator at Tri-County Opportunities Industrialization Center from 1990-2002. Epstein was also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities at Penn State University-Harrisburg from 1992-1999, co-authored the Dictionary of the Holocaust in 1997, and prepared the Appendices for The Holocaust Chronicle in 2000. He is currently a Central Dauphin Alumni Association officer and has chaired the Veterans Memorial Committee. He has regularly worked at the CDHS football concession stand and has been involved in many school fundraisers. Epstein also works as the Business Agent of the Central Dauphin Bus Drivers’ Association, and is the coordinator of Rock the Capital, a nonpartisan voter education organization formed after the "Pennsylvania legislative, judicial and executive branches conspired to enact a compensation package in violation of a state constitutional provision which bans seated lawmakers from granting themselves a pay raise." He has also been involved with research relating to decommissioning, decontamination, emergency planning, and radioactive waste isolation at nuclear power plants for 25 years. Epstein has written numerous professional papers, contributed to publications, and provided testimony regarding consumer protections, electric rates and public health and safety. He is also the Chairman of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., a safe- energy organization based in Harrisburg, PA, and the Coordinator of the EFMR Monitoring group, a nonpartisan community based organization. Epstein was a founding Board Member of the Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania in 1999, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Green Connexions. He is also the Chairman of Stray Winds Area Neighbors, a smart-growth, property association based in Lower Paxton Township.[1]

Elections

See also: Central Dauphin School District elections (2013)

2013

Opposition

Epstein faced Linda Dalllago for the Region 2 opening on the ballot. Epstein cross-filed for the May 21 primary and won the Democratic ticket.

Results

Central Dauphin School District, Region 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngEric Epstein 50.4% 2,724
     Republican Linda Dallago Incumbent 49.5% 2,678
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.1% 3
Total Votes 5,405
Source: Dauphin County, "Election Results for Municipal Election," accessed December 13, 2013


Central Dauphin School District, Region 2 Democratic Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngEric Epstein 54.3% 779
     Democrat Linda Dallago 45.2% 649
     Democrat Write In 0.5% 7
Total Votes 1,435
Source: Dauphin County Election Results, "School Director of Central Dauphin Region 2," accessed August 22, 2013


Central Dauphin School District, Region 2 Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Dallago 55.5% 1,452
     Republican Eric Epstein 44.4% 1,163
     Republican Write In 0.1% 2
Total Votes 2,617
Source: Dauphin County Election Results, "School Director of Central Dauphin Region 2," accessed August 22, 2013


Funding

Epstein reported $8,446.78 in contributions and $8.416.79 in expenditures to the Dauphin County Elections and Voter Services department, which left his campaign with $29.99 on hand.[2]

Campaign themes

Epstein's campaign website outlined the following as his campaign themes for 2013:[3]

Finances

"I believe all members of our educational team need to be held accountable including school board directors, administrators, principals and contractors.

We need to craft a budget based on priorities and make sure all stake holders are represented in the process. The budget process should include outreach efforts, where we go into the community and ask parents, tax payers and the general community to establish priorities and fund those choices accordingly."

Transparency

"We need to cultivate community based decision making. There are difficult decisions to be made and there are limited resources on hand. It is critical that we establish priorities and end the “divide and conquer mentality” that has hurt the district.

I have a proven track record of operating in an open and transparent manner. I am not afraid to ask hard questions and demand accountability from administrators, board members, contractors, parents, teachers and students."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


About the district

See also: Central Dauphin School District, Pennsylvania
Central Dauphin School District is located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Central Dauphin School District covers eastern and central Dauphin County, which is located in central-eastern Pennsylvania. The county has a population of 269,665.[4]

Demographics

The county is consistent with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.7%) is slightly higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is consistent in Dauphin County (27.0%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bucks County is $53,771 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Dauphin County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 74.6 83.5
Black or African American 18.6 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.4 46.4
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 45.62 53.87
2000 44.10 53.28


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