Hall County Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Hall County Schools Elections

Primary Election date:
May 20, 2014
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
Georgia
Hall County Schools
Hall County, Georgia ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Georgia
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Three seats on the Hall County Board of Education will be up for general election on November 4, 2014. There was a primary election on May 20, 2014 to select Republican candidates for Posts 2 and 4. Post 2 incumbent Brian G. Sloan and challenger Mark Pettitt edged out Traci McBride but did not receive 50 percent plus one of the vote. Sloan defeated Pettitt in a runoff election on July 22, 2014. Post 4 incumbent William E. Thompson defeated Paul Wayne Godfrey in the Republican at-large primary and will be unopposed in the general election. Samuel R. Chapman was unopposed in the Republican Post 1 primary and will not face opposition on November 4, 2014.

About the district

See also: Hall County Schools, Georgia
Hall County Schools is located in Hall County, Georgia
Hall County Schools is located in Hall County, Georgia. The county seat of Hall County is Gainesville, Georgia. Hall County is home to 187,745 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Hall County Schools is the 15th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 26,261 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Hall County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.1 percent of Hall 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 Hall County was $52,174 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Hall County was 16.8 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Hall County (%) Georgia (%)
White 87.5 62.8
Black or African American 8.0 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.5
Asian 2.0 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 26.9 9.2

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Hall County Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Four members are elected to specific seats while the fifth member is elected at-large. There was a primary election on May 20, 2014 and the general election will be held on November 4, 2014. Three seats are up for election in 2014 and two seats will be up for election in 2016.[4]

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.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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Republican Party Samuel R. Chapman Green check mark transparent.png

  • Incumbent
  • Farmer

Republican Party Traci McBride Defeatedd

  • Graduate, Kennesaw State College, University of Georgia and Liberty University
  • Retired district teacher and administrator

Republican Party Mark Pettitt Defeatedd

Republican Party Brian G. Sloan Green check mark transparent.png

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, North Georgia University
  • Pastor, Chestnut Mountain Church

Republican Party Paul Wayne Godfrey Defeatedd

  • Graduate, University of Georgia, University of Central Oklahoma and Troy State University
  • Retired college instructor
  • Veteran, U.S. Air Force

Republican Party William E. Thompson Green check mark transparent.png

  • Incumbent
  • Retired district teacher

Election results

Runoff election
Hall County Schools, Post 2 Republican Primary Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian G. Sloan Incumbent 50.5% 5,283
     Republican Mark Pettitt 49.5% 5,183
Total Votes 10,466
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff," July 22, 2014 These results are unofficial.
General election
Hall County Schools, Post 1 Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel R. Chapman Incumbent 100% 9,244
Total Votes 9,244
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "UNOFFICIAL COUNTY RESULTS," May 20, 2014 These results are unofficial.


Hall County Schools, Post 2 Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian G. Sloan Incumbent 50% 5,475
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Pettitt 25% 2,742
     Republican Traci McBride 25% 2,735
Total Votes 10,952
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "UNOFFICIAL COUNTY RESULTS," May 20, 2014 These results are unofficial.


Hall County Schools, At-Large Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam E. Thompson Incumbent 63.2% 6,775
     Republican Paul Wayne Godfrey 36.8% 3,950
Total Votes 10,725
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "UNOFFICIAL COUNTY RESULTS," May 20, 2014 These results are unofficial.

Endorsements

Brian G. Sloan was endorsed by Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle on February 7, 2014.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $21,717.55 and spent a total of $11,984.68, according to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.[7]

Candidates in the Post 1 race did not report any contributions or expenditures

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Samuel R. Chapman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the Post 2 race, candidates raised a total of $19,269.55 and spent a total of $9,430.72.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Traci McBride $2,352.00 $2,031.56 $320.44
Mark Pettitt $8,390.00 $4,000.00 $4,390.00
Brian G. Sloan $8,527.55 $3,399.11 $5,128.39

In the at-large race, candidates raised a total of $2,448.00 and spent a total of $2,533.96.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Paul Wayne Godfrey $2,448.00 $2,533.96 -$85.96
William E. Thompson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

Hall County does not maintain public archives of past election results as of May 20, 2014.

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the Hall County Schools election in 2014:[5]

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. Residents of Hall County voted in races for state court judge, solicitor general and two seats on the county commission. 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 also selected candidates for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.[8]

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