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Fayette County Board of Education elections (2014)

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2014 Fayette County Board of Education Elections

General Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Fayette County Board of Education
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Two seats on the Fayette Board of Education were up for general election on November 4, 2014. The election was for Districts 4 and 5. There was a primary election on May 20, 2014, to select a Republican candidate for District 4. Republicans Diane Basham and Jane L. Owens moved onto a runoff election on July 22, 2014. The runoff election was supposed to be held between Basham and John Kimbell, who came in second in the primary race, however Kimbell withdrew after discovering he wasn't qualified to run because of a voter registration issue.[1] His name and vote totals, therefore, do not appear on the certified results for the primary race.

In the District 4 race, Basham defeated Democratic candidate Ogechi Oparah, who was unopposed in the primary. In District 5, Democratic incumbent Leonard Presberg won re-election after defeating Republican candidate Dean B. Dunton in the general election. They were both unopposed in the primary.

About the district

See also: Fayette County Board of Education, Georgia
Fayette County Board of Education is located in Fayette County, Georgia
Fayette County Board of Education is located in Fayette County, Georgia. The county seat of Fayette County is Fayetteville. Fayette County is home to 106,567 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Fayette County Board of Education is the 20th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 20,223 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[3]

Demographics

Fayette County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 42.1 percent of Fayette County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Fayette County was $81,242 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Fayette County was 6.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Fayette County (%) Georgia (%)
White 72.5 62.8
Black or African American 20.9 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 4.2 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.7 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 33.7 65.0 1.3
2008 34.2 64.9 0.9
2004 28.3 71.1 0.6
2000 28.2 69.5 2.3

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.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Fayette County Board of Education is a partisan board that consists of five members elected to four-year terms. They serve by geographic district. There was a primary election on May 20, 2014, and the general election was held on November 4, 2014. Two seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats will be up for election in 2016.[6]

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on March 3, 2014. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was March 7, 2014.[7]

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

General: District 4
Fayette County Board of Education, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Basham 63.5% 5,500
     Democratic Ogechi Oparah 36.3% 3,149
     Independent Write-in votes 0.2% 16
Total Votes 8,665
Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia General Election," November 12, 2014
General: District 5
Fayette County Board of Education, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Presberg Incumbent 67.1% 5,645
     Republican Dean B. Dunton 32.7% 2,752
     Independent Write-in votes 0.2% 14
Total Votes 8,411
Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia General Election," November 12, 2014
Primary runoff: District 4
Fayette County Board of Education, District 4 Primary Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Basham 60.2% 1,419
     Republican Jane L. Owens 39.8% 939
Total Votes 2,358
Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia Primary Election Runoff," July 28, 2014
Primary: District 4
Fayette County Board of Education, District 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Basham 60.7% 949
     Republican Jane L. Owens 23% 360
     Republican Mindette “Mindy” Fredrickson 16.3% 254
Total Votes 1,563
Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia Primary and NonPartisan General Election ," May 27, 2014


Fayette County Board of Education, District 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngOgechi Oparah 100% 642
Total Votes 642
Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia Primary and NonPartisan General Election ," May 27, 2014
Primary: District 5
Fayette County Board of Education, District 5 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean B. Dunton 100% 914
Total Votes 914
Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia Primary and NonPartisan General Election ," May 27, 2014


Fayette County Board of Education, District 5 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Presberg Incumbent 100% 1,390
Total Votes 1,390
Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia Primary and NonPartisan General Election ," May 27, 2014

Endorsements

No candidate publicly received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

As of October 15, 2014, no candidate had reported contributions or expenditures to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the Fayette County Board of Education election in 2014:[7]

Deadline Event
March 3, 2014 First day to file nominating petitions
March 7, 2014 Last day to file nominating petitions
April 21, 2014 Last day to register to vote in the general election
April 28, 2014 Advance voting begins
May 20, 2014 Primary election
July 22, 2014 Runoff election (if needed)
November 4, 2014 General election

Additional elections on the ballot

The school board election shared the ballot with county, state and national primary elections on May 20, 2014. The primary ballot included races for Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia State Senate. There were also state executive elections including races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The May 20, 2014, election selected candidates for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.[8]

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