Hampton City Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Hampton City Schools Elections

General Election date:
May 6, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Virginia
Hampton City Schools
Local ballot measures, Virginia
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Three seats on the Hampton School Board were up for general election on May 6, 2014. Incumbent Jennifer P. Phillips lost re-election to Hampton Roads Seat A against challenger Jason S. Samuels. Linwood D. Harper won another term without opposition to Hampton Roads Seat B. Joseph C. Kilgore was re-elected to Chesapeake Bay Seat A after defeating challenger David J. Dietrich.

About the district

See also: Hampton City Schools, Virginia
Hampton City Schools is located in Hampton, Virginia
Hampton City Schools is located in Hampton, a city in eastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Hampton is home to 136,836 residents.[1] Hampton City Schools is the 14th-largest school district in Virginia, serving 21,588 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Hampton underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.6 percent of Hampton residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 34.7 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Hampton was $51,584 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Hampton was 14.7 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Hampton (%) Virginia (%)
White 43.6 71.1
Black or African American 49.9 19.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.4 6.0
Two or More Races 3.5 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 8.4

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[3]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 70.6 28.0
2008 69.5 30.1
2004 57.4 41.9
2000 57.4 40.8

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 Hampton School Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Three members are elected to Chesapeake Bay seat, three members are elected to Hampton Roads seats and the seventh member is elected to an at-large seat. There was no primary election and a general election was held on May 6, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in 2016.

Candidates filed declarations of candidacy with the Hampton Voter Registrar by March 4, 2014. A candidate must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a resident of Virginia for at least one year and a current district resident. State law requires voters to present government-issued identification, student ID cards or a current bill with address at the ballot location.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Jennifer P. Phillips Defeatedd
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, DePaul School of Professional Nursing
    • Homemaker
  • Jason S. Samuels Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University
    • Program director, Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program

  • David J. Dietrich Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Southern Illinois University, Abilene Christian University and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
    • Owner, GetReady!
  • Joseph C. Kilgore Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Old Dominion University
    • Engineer, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Election results

Hampton City Schools, Hampton Roads Seat A General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJason S. Samuels 60.8% 3,689
     Nonpartisan Jennifer P. Phillips Incumbent 39% 2,365
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 15
Total Votes 6,069
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014


Hampton City Schools, Hampton Roads Seat B General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinwood D. Harper Incumbent 97.6% 4,853
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.4% 120
Total Votes 4,973
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014


Hampton City Schools, Chesapeake Bay Seat Seat A General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph C. Kilgore Incumbent 76.4% 4,603
     Nonpartisan David J. Dietrich 22.9% 1,379
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 45
Total Votes 6,027
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014

Endorsements

The Daily Press endorsed Jennifer P. Phillips and Joseph C. Kilgore for the May 6, 2014 general election.[6]

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Virginia State Board of Elections before the election.[7]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

April 25 candidate forum

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference hosted a candidate forum on April 25, 2014 at the Hampton City Council Chambers. Candidates for Hampton Roads Seat A and Chesapeake Bay A debated academic performance in the district. Jason S. Samuels lamented high incarceration rates in the region and argued on behalf of preventative programs in local schools. Jennifer P. Phillips criticized Standard of Learning assessments conducted by the Virginia Department of Education, suggesting that school districts needed more control over assessment. The Chesapeake Bay A candidates differed in their views on the board's work in recent years. Incumbent Joseph C. Kilgore touted the district's proactive approach to classroom technology investment and superintendent evaluations based on student performance. Challenger David J. Dietrich argued for greater accountability by board members for education outcomes.[8] He also stated:

I'll be a minority on the school board. I'll be one voice in the wilderness. I am too extreme for Hampton, I've been told that.

[9]

Daily Press, (2014), [8]

Issues in the district

Sexual assault lawsuit

The school board, district officials and two educators at Kecoughtan High School face legal action by parents of an autistic student who was sexually assaulted by a fellow pupil on May 29, 2013. Adam and Laura Ann Flores are suing teacher Kathleen Lassiter and special-education assistant Frances Brewster for gross negligence. Lassister and Brewster are accused of leaving the student attended despite requirements to provide constant supervision. The lawsuit criticizes the school board and district administrators for providing inadequate funds for special education, which increased opportunities for this type of act. The parents are seeking $7.5 million in damages as part of the lawsuit. Former student Joseph Aguilar, Jr. faces felony charges for aggravated sexual assault on an incapacitated person with an initial hearing scheduled for May.[10]

Budget shortfalls

District officials briefed the School Board on a projected $7 million budget gap for the 2014-2015 fiscal year during a January 15, 2014 meeting. This total includes $3.2 million in expected payments to the Virginia Retirement System and a $2.4 million reduction in state aid. Hampton City Schools faced a $9 million budget gap prior to the 2013-2014 fiscal year that was closed with increased property taxes and budget cuts.[11] Superintendent Linda Shifflette proposed a $7.2 million budget cut that includes the elimination of 311.5 full-time positions in the 2014-2015 budget. The board voted 6-1 to approve the superintendent's proposal with Linwood D. Harper the lone dissenter.[12] The proposed budget moved to the Hampton City Council, which must approve the request as part of the city's annual budget as of April 23, 2014.[13]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Hampton City Schools election in 2014:[14][15]

Deadline Event
March 4, 2014 Last day to file paperwork for ballot placement
April 14, 2014 Last day to register to vote for the May election
April 15, 2014 First campaign finance reporting deadline before election
April 28, 2014 Last campaign finance reporting deadline before election
April 29, 2014 Last day for Voter Registrar's Office to receive absentee ballot application
May 3, 2014 Last day to vote in-person at the Voter Registrar's Office.
May 6, 2014 Election day
June 16, 2014 Filing deadline for post-election campaign finance reporting

Additional elections on the ballot

The school board election shared the ballot with races for three full-term seats and one unexpired two-year seat on the Hampton City Council. Hampton residents also voted in a special election for mayor.[16]

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See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hampton, Virginia," accessed February 11, 2014
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 1, 2014
  3. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed February 11, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Virginia State Board of Elections, "May 6 2014 Elections: Candidacy Requirements for City and Town Offices," accessed March 17, 2014
  6. Daily Press, "Hampton School Board," April 23, 2014
  7. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Reporting," accessed April 22, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Daily Press, "Hampton School Board candidates talk education policy at debate," April 25, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Daily Press, "Parents sue Hampton, school system for $7.5 million over sexual assault," March 21, 2014
  11. Daily Press, "Hampton School Board faces possible $7 million budget shortfall," January 15, 2014
  12. Daily Press, "Hampton School Board approves budget in emotional meeting," April 2, 2014
  13. Daily Press, "Hampton City Council shifts focus to school cuts," April 23, 2014
  14. Hampton Voter Registrar's Office, "Voter Registration Deadline," accessed March 17, 2014
  15. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Campaign Finance Report for Candidates," January 1, 2014
  16. Hampton Voter Registrar's Office, "Candidates for Hampton City May 6, 2014 General & Special Elections," accessed March 17, 2014