Erie City School District elections (2013)

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2013 Erie City 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
Pennsylvania
Erie City School District
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Four seats on the Erie City School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The candidate field was narrowed in a primary election held on May 21, 2013.

Edward Brzezinski, Angela Euell-McNair , Mary Frances Schenley and Tom Spagel defeated John Dundon for the four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Erie City School District, Pennsylvania
Erie City School District is located in Erie County, Pennsylvania
Erie City School District is located in Erie County in northwestern Pennsylvania. Erie County is home to 280,646 residents.[1]

Demographics

The county underperforms the rest of Pennsylvania based in average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement. According to the 2010 Census, the median household income in Erie County is $44,503 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651. The poverty rate in Erie County is 15.8% while the state average is 12.6%. The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in Erie County is 23.6% while the percentage in Pennsylvania overall is 26.7%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Erie County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 89.2 83.5
Black or African American 7.4 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 1.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 18.8 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.8 40.9
2008 59.0 39.0
2004 54.0 45.6
2000 52.9 43.6

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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Erie City School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. The members of the board are elected at-large by voters in the district. The primary election for the Erie City School Board was held on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and five seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

Erie City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngEd Brzenzinski Incumbent 23.4% 10,459
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngMary Frances Schenley Incumbent 22.8% 10,195
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngTom Spagel 21.5% 9,604
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAngela Euell-McNair 20.7% 9,236
     Republican John Dundon 11.3% 5,029
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 101
Total Votes 44,624
Source: Erie County, Pennsylvania, "2013 General Election Results," accessed December 13, 2013


Erie City School District Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Spagel 26.3% 1,286
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Brzezinski 25.6% 1,254
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Frances Schenley 25.3% 1,235
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Dundon 22.8% 1,114
Total Votes 4,889
Source: Erie County Election Results, "2013 Republican Primary Results," accessed October 9, 2013


Erie City School District Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMary Frances Schenley 18.6% 4,804
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Brzezinski 17.7% 4,579
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAngel Euell-McNair 13.4% 3,450
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngTom Spagel 13.1% 3,380
     Democrat Julia Calipo 11.2% 2,888
     Democrat Frank Milone 10.2% 2,644
     Democrat John Dundon 8.3% 2,135
     Democrat Albert Isacks 7.5% 1,943
Total Votes 25,823
Source: Erie County Election Results, "2013 Democratic Primary Results," accessed October 9, 2013


Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.[4]

Endorsements

No candidates received any official endorsements.

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Erie City school board were at stake in the election, including current board president Mary Frances Schenley's seat. Incumbents Mary Frances Schenley and Edward Brzezinski sought re-election.

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Erie City School Board election.

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
May 21, 2013 Primary Election Day
August 1, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers nominating independent candidates
August 8, 2013 Last day for candidates who have filed nomination papers to withdraw
August 12, 2013 Last day for candidates nominated at the Primary to withdraw
August 22, 2013 Last day to file substituted nominations
September 16, 2013 First day to receive Official Absentee Ballot Applications
October 7, 2013 Last day an elector may register to vote or make change to their voting record to be eligible for the General Election
November 1, 2013 Last day to receive Official Absentee Ballots in County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board race, residents of Erie City School District had statewide, countywide, and local items on the ballot. They voted on a Judge of the Superior Court and Judge of the Court of Common pleas in statewide races. Additionally, they voted for county executive, sheriff, county council, and clerk of records at the county level. There was also magisterial district judge, mayoral, council member, judge of elections, and inspector of elections races on the ballot.[5]

See also

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