Grand Prairie Independent School District elections (2014)

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2014 Grand Prairie Independent School District Elections

General Election date:
May 10, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Grand Prairie Independent School District
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Two seats on the Grand Prairie Board of Trustees were up for general election on May 10, 2014. Katrina Jones defeated fellow challenger Angela Luckey for the Place 3 seat. Place 4 incumbent John David Stewart won re-election against Mike Riley.

About the district

See also: Grand Prairie Independent School District, Texas
Grand Prairie Independent School District is located in Dallas County, Texas
Grand Prairie Independent School District is located in Grand Prairie, a city located in portions of Dallas County, Ellis County and Tarrant County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Grand Prairie is home to 181,824 residents.[1] Grand Prairie Independent School District is the 45th-largest school district in Texas, serving 26,607 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Grand Prairie underperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.1 percent of Grand Prairie residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Grand Prairie was $53,211 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Grand Prairie was 15.2 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Grand Prairie (%) Texas (%)
White 52.6 70.4
Black or African American 20.2 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.7
Asian 6.5 3.8
Two or More Races 3.2 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 42.7 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[3]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 57.1 41.6
2008 57.1 41.8
2004 48.9 50.3
2000 44.8 52.5

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Grand Prairie Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. There was no primary election and a general election took place on May 10, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and two seats will be up for election in May 2016.[5]

Candidates for the Board of Trustees submitted paperwork with the school district secretary by February 28, 2014. Each candidate must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the district for at least six months. Members filed two campaign finance reports with the district clerk prior to the election unless they did not receive or spend $500 during the campaign.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Katrina Jones Green check mark transparent.png
    • School volunteer
    • Board member, Grand Prairie ISD Education Foundation
  • Angela Luckey Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Tyler College and Amberton University
    • Liaison, U.S. Department of Navy
    • President, Grand Prairie Branch NAACP

  • Mike Riley Defeatedd
    • Auditor
    • President, Grand Prairie Democrats
  • John David Stewart Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Baylor University
    • Pastor, Westridge Fellowship

Election results

Grand Prairie Independent School District, Place 3 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKatrina Jones 55% 1,750
     Nonpartisan Angela Luckey 45% 1,430
Total Votes 3,180
Source: Grand Prairie Independent School District, "Order Canvassing Election Returns," May 20, 2014


Grand Prairie Independent School District, Place 3 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn David Stewart Incumbent 54.8% 1,686
     Nonpartisan Mike Riley 45.2% 1,389
Total Votes 3,075
Source: Grand Prairie Independent School District, "Order Canvassing Election Returns," May 20, 2014

Endorsements

Place 3 candidate Katrina Jones earned the endorsements of Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England and the Arlington Board of REALTORS.[6] Her opponent, Angela Luckey, earned endorsements from U.S. Congressman Marc Veasy, City Councilman Jeff Copeland and Place 3 trustee Tim Johnson.[7]

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the district office.

Past elections

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Firing of middle school teacher

Truman Middle School teacher Dedi Townsend was fired in February 2014 after allegations of bullying were brought to district officials. Townsend was accused of berating an eighth-grade student during preparations for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. She was removed from the classroom on February 3, 2014 and fired by February 6, 2014. Parent and former Place 2 candidate Angela Luckey filed the complaint with district officials and levied assault charges with the Grand Prairie Police Department. Luckey argued that Townsend's actions exemplified the pressures placed on students to pass annual tests.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Grand Prairie Independent School District election in 2014:[5]

Deadline Event
January 29, 2014 First day to file paperwork for ballot placement
February 28, 2014 Last day to file paperwork for ballot placement
March 5, 2014 Last day to withdraw from ballot
April 10, 2014 Due date for first campaign finance report
April 10, 2014 Last day for voter registration with county clerk
May 1, 2014 Last day to request mailed ballot from county clerk
May 2, 2014 Due date for second campaign finance report
May 10, 2014 Election day
May 21, 2014 Final day for canvassing of votes
July 15, 2014 Last campaign finance report for election

Additional elections on the ballot

The Board of Trustees election shared the ballot with elections for seats on the Grand Prairie City Council.[9]

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