Escambia County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Escambia County School District Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Florida
Escambia County School District
Escambia County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Three seats on the Escambia County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. Because no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in the District 3 race, the top two vote recipients advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Linda Moultrie faced a challenge from newcomers Laura Dortch Edler and Charlie Nichols in District 3. Since neither Moultrie nor Nichols was able to garner 50 percent plus one of the vote, they faced each other in the runoff election in November. Moultrie retained her seat after winning the runoff election. Fellow board members Jeff Bergosh and Gerald W. Boone ran for re-election without opposition in Districts 1 and 2, respectively.

With only one challenged seat, the 2014 general election was a relatively calm race. However, District 3 candidate Edler demonstrated that high campaign contributions and expenditures do not always correlate to a win. Additionally, a candidate interview with the Pensacola News Journal highlighted differences in focus between the advancing District 3 candidates.

See also: What was at stake in the Escambia County School Board 2014 election?

About the district

See also: Escambia County School District, Florida
Escambia County School District is located in Escambia County, Florida
Escambia County School District is based in Pensacola, the county seat of Escambia County, Florida. Escambia County is home to 305,817 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Escambia County School District is the 20th-largest school district in Florida, serving 40,496 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Escambia County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.2 percent of Escambia County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Escambia County was $43,806 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Escambia County was 17.8 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Escambia County (%) Florida (%)
White 70.1 78.1
Black or African American 22.8 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.5
Asian 3.0 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 5.2 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 86,488
Democratic 71,785
Unaffiliated 34,243
Other 5,531
Total 198,047

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

The Escambia County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014, and the runoff election for District 3 took place on November 4, 2014, as no candidate received 50 percent or more of the general election vote.

Candidates for the school board filed for the election by June 20, 2014. The county's elections office hosted early voting for the general election at various locations from August 16, 2014, to August 23, 2014. The early voting window for the runoff election ran from October 25, 2014, to November 1, 2014. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot in the general election was August 20, 2014, and the runoff election deadline was October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Jeff Bergosh Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Grossmont College and San Diego State University
    • U.S. Government contractor, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola

  • Gerald W. Boone Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Chipola Junior College and University of West Florida
    • Retired educator

Candidate defeated in the general election:

  • Laura Dortch Edler
    • Graduate, Pensacola Junior College, Florida State University and the University of West Florida
    • Assistant professor, University of West Florida

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Election results

Runoff: District 3
Escambia County School District, District 3 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Moultrie Incumbent 55% 7,907
     Nonpartisan Charlie Nichols 45% 6,466
Total Votes 14,373
Source: Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election," accessed November 4, 2014 These results are unofficial.
General: District 1

Jeff Bergosh was re-elected without opposition.

General: District 2

Gerald W. Boone was re-elected without opposition.

General: District 3
Escambia County School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Moultrie Incumbent 36.2% 1,858
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Nichols 35.8% 1,841
     Nonpartisan Laura Dortch Edler 28% 1,440
Total Votes 5,139
Source: Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, "Election Results: 2014 Primary Election," accessed October 28, 2014

Endorsements

Pensacola publication Inweekly endorsed District 3 incumbent Linda Moultrie.[5]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $53,032.94 and spent a total of $45,901.38 by October 28, 2014, according to the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections.[6]

District 1

In the District 1 race, unopposed incumbent Jeff Bergosh raised a total of $11,261.38 and spent a total of $9,521.70.

Candidate Monetary
contributions
In-kind
contributions
Expenditures Cash on hand
Jeff Bergosh $9,521.70 $1,739.68 $9,521.70 $0.00
District 2

In the District 2 race, unopposed incumbent Gerald W. Boone raised a total of $1,743.00 and spent a total of $1,700.00.

Candidate Monetary
contributions
In-kind
contributions
Expenditures Cash on hand
Gerald W. Boone $1,700.00 $43.00 $1,700.00 $0.00
District 3

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $40,028.56 and spent a total of $34,679.68.

Candidate Monetary
contributions
In-kind
contributions
Expenditures Cash on hand
Laura Dortch Edler $16,147.65 $1,850.00 $16,147.65 $0.00
Linda Moultrie $5,700.00 $674.25 $4,453.16 $1,246.84
Charlie Nichols $14,938.66 $718.00 $14,078.87 $859.79

Past elections

What was at stake?

With three incumbents running in the 2014 election and two of them unopposed, Escambia County School Board was guaranteed to see at least two returning board members: Jeff Bergosh in District 1 and Gerald W. Boone in District 2. District 3 incumbent Linda Moultrie did not receive a decisive victory in the general election. Just 17 votes ahead of second place finisher Charlie Nichols, Moultrie only earned 36.2 percent of the general election votes. Nichols and Moultrie advanced to a runoff election on November 4, 2014, while the other challenger, Laura Dortch Edler, was defeated with only 28 percent of the general election vote in her favor.

Despite their unopposed races, both Bergosh and Boone reported campaign contributions and expenses. As of October 28, 2014, Nichols was outpacing Moultrie in fundraising by more than double and in expenditures by more than triple. Edler, despite her defeat in the general election, reported more contributions and expenditures than the advancing candidates at that time.[7]

Issues in the election

District 3 candidate questionnaire

In response to a candidate questionnaire, Moultrie stated that student achievement, parental involvement and business and community partnerships were the top three issues that could be impacted by her board position. Nichols emphasized improving the graduation rate, lobbying for mandatory pre-kindergarten education and communication with constituents as his top three issues. The candidates disagreed on the top challenge in the district. Moultrie stated that economic development is the top challenge and should be addressed by coordination between schools and the community, including businesses. Nicholos, however, focused on the dropout rate for students in the district, which he stated could be addressed by providing additional training to teachers and researching "best practices."[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:

Deadline Event
June 20, 2014 Last day of candidate filing period
August 16, 2014 First day of early voting in general election
August 20, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for general election
August 23, 2014 Last day of early voting in general election
August 26, 2014 General election day
October 25, 2014 First day of early voting in runoff election
October 29, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for runoff election
November 1, 2014 Last day of early voting in runoff election
November 4, 2014 Runoff election day

Additional elections on the ballot

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Escambia County voted on races for county commission and county judge seats. Voters decided on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014, ballot included races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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