Hernando County School Board elections (2014)

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2014 Hernando County School Board Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff 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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Hernando County School Board
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Three seats on the Hernando County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determines if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. If no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

District 1 incumbent John K. Sweeney was defeated by newcomers Mark Johnson and Donald Whiting. Since neither Johnson nor Whiting was able to garner 50 percent plus one of the vote, they faced each other in the runoff election in November, which Johnson won. Beth Narverud and Jay Rowden were running to replace Dianne Bonfield, who did not file for re-election in District 3. Narverud triumphed in that race. The District 5 race featured incumbent Cynthia Moore and challengers Anna Liisa Covell, Susan Duval and Robert Neuhausen. Duval and Neuhausen faced each other in the runoff election in November, where Duval won the seat.

About the district

See also: Hernando County School Board, Florida
Hernando County School Board is located in Hernando County, Florida
Hernando County School Board is based in Brooksville, the county seat of Hernando County, Florida. Hernando County is home to 174,441 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Hernando County School Board is the 29th-largest school district in Florida, serving 22,616 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Hernando County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 15.7 percent of Hernando 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 Hernando County was $41,098 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Hernando County was 14.8 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Hernando County (%) Florida (%)
White 90.8 78.1
Black or African American 5.5 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 1.4 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 11.1 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 48,194
Democratic 43,731
Other 31,731
Total 123,656

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 Hernando 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 took place on November 4, 2014 if 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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Candidate defeated in the general election:

  • John K. Sweeney
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Stony Brook and St. Leo University
    • Educator

  • Susan Duval Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, University of South Florida
    • Administrator
  • Robert Neuhausen
    • Graduate, University of South Florida
    • U.S. Navy veteran
    • Electronics technician

Candidate defeated in the general election:

  • Cynthia Moore
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Mississippi University for Women
  • Anna Liisa Covell
    • Graduate, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
    • Electrical contractor

Election results

District 1: Runoff
Hernando County School Board, District 1 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Johnson 54.5% 29,787
     Nonpartisan Donald Whiting 45.5% 24,860
Total Votes 54,647
Source: Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Unofficial Results," accessed November 4, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 5: Runoff
Hernando County School Board, District 5 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Duval 62% 34,832
     Nonpartisan Robert Neuhausen 38% 21,345
Total Votes 56,177
Source: Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Unofficial Results," accessed November 4, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 1: General
Hernando County School Board, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Johnson 40.3% 6,671
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Whiting 31.7% 5,251
     Nonpartisan John K. Sweeney Incumbent 27.9% 4,618
Total Votes 16,540
Source: Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 3: General
Hernando County School Board, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Narverud 57.7% 9,813
     Nonpartisan Jay Rowden 42.3% 7,183
Total Votes 16,996
Source: Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 5: General
Hernando County School Board, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Duval 36.9% 6,149
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Neuhausen 30% 4,993
     Nonpartisan Cynthia Moore Incumbent 20.9% 3,492
     Nonpartisan Anna Liisa Covell 12.2% 2,035
Total Votes 16,669
Source: Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

The Tampa Bay Times endorsed Mark Johnson in District 1, Jay Rowden in District 3 and Susan Duval in District 5.[5] Senator Bill Nelson also endorsed Rowden.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $93,429.68 and spent a total of $80,354.31 by August 25, 2014, according to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections.[7]

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $32,613.46 and spent a total of $28,288.94.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Mark Johnson $8,888.46 $6,999.90
John K. Sweeney $6,430.00 $4,681.91
Donald Whiting $17,295.00 $16,607.13

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $39,234.46 and spent a total of $34,786.45.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Beth Narverud $18,625.70 $16,226.25
Jay Rowden $20,608.76 $18,560.20

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $21,581.76 and spent a total of $17,278.92.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Anna Liisa Covell $2,977.21 $1,327.64
Susan Duval $4,296.74 $3,708.12
Cynthia Moore $6,760.00 $4,862.64
Robert Neuhausen $7,547.81 $7,380.52

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[8]

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

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Hernando 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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