Hillsborough County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Hillsborough County Public Schools 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
Florida
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Hillsborough County, Florida ballot measures
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Three seats on the Hillsborough County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. No candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in any of the districts. Therefore, the top two vote recipients in each race advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

District 6 incumbent April Griffin was the only board member to seek re-election and faced a challenge from seven other candidates in the general election. Griffin and Dipa Shah advanced to the runoff election.

Newcomers Sally Harris, Michelle Popp Shimberg and Michael Weston were running for the District 2 seat. Weston did not advance to the runoff election. Terry Kemple, Dee Prether and Melissa Snively sought election to the District 4 seat. Prether did not advance to the runoff election.

About the district

See also: Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida
Hillsborough County Public Schools is located in Hillsborough County, Florida
Hillsborough County Public Schools is based in Tampa, the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida. Hillsborough County is home to 1,291,578 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Hillsborough County Public Schools is the third-largest school district in Florida, serving 197,041 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Hillsborough County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.0 percent of Hillsborough 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 Hillsborough County was $49,450 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Hillsborough County was 16.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Hillsborough County (%) Florida (%)
White 75.8 78.3
Black or African American 17.4 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 3.8 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 25.6 23.2

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 302,422
Republican 241,871
Other 207,216
Total 751,509

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 Hillsborough County School Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014 and the runoff election takes place on November 4, 2014, as no candidate receives 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 runs 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 is October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

Hillsborough County Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Popp Shimberg 47.2% 13,850
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSally Harris 27.2% 7,980
     Nonpartisan Michael Weston 25.6% 7,511
Total Votes 29,341
Source: Hillsborough 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.


Hillsborough County Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Snively 46.8% 11,105
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Kemple 39.5% 9,362
     Nonpartisan Dee Prether 13.7% 3,240
Total Votes 23,707
Source: Hillsborough 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.


Hillsborough County Public Schools, District 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngApril Griffin Incumbent 27% 29,784
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDipa Shah 16.3% 17,939
     Nonpartisan Stacy Hahn 15.8% 17,357
     Nonpartisan Paula P. Meckley 14.7% 16,217
     Nonpartisan Alison McGillivray Fernandez 12.4% 13,654
     Nonpartisan Randy Toler 6.6% 7,300
     Nonpartisan Lee Sierra 4.4% 4,801
     Nonpartisan Asher D. Edelson 2.8% 3,138
Total Votes 110,190
Source: Hillsborough 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

Former superintendent Earl Lennard endorsed Melissa Snively and Paula P. Meckley prior to the August 26, 2014, election.[5]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $440,542.32 and spent a total of $188,214.35 by July 25, 2014, according to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.[6]

In the District 2 race, candidates raised a total of $112,717.89 and spent a total of $33,488.55.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Sally Harris $10,455.00 $7,965.28
Michelle Popp Shimberg $97,404.89 $21,024.12
Michael Weston $4,858.00 $4,499.15

In the District 4 race, candidates raised a total of $104,555.05 and spent a total of $76,955.24.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Terry Kemple $29,624.01 $26,469.95
Dee Prether $6,251.04 $5,464.22
Melissa Snively $68,680.00 $45,021.07

In the District 6 race, candidates raised a total of $223,269.38 and spent a total of $77,770.56.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Asher D. Edelson $2,666.19 $2,527.66
Alison McGillivray Fernandez $7,937.31 $1,697.28
April Griffin $3,000.00 $2,243.28
Stacy Hahn $36,318.83 $24,887.41
Paula P. Meckley $65,418.81 $13,271.01
Dipa Shah $94,942.40 $22,176.51
Lee Sierra $3,540.00 $1,740.80
Randy Toler $9,445.84 $9,226.61

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[7]

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

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Area residents will vote on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Hillsborough County will vote on races for seats on the county commission and county courts. The November 4, 2014, ballot includes races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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