Houston County Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Houston County Schools Elections

General Election date:
May 20, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Georgia
Houston County Schools
Houston County, Georgia ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Georgia
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Five seats on the Houston County Schools Board of Education were up for general election on May 20, 2014. District 2, District 4 and Post 6 were up for four-year terms. District 1 and Post 7 were up for two-year terms. Incumbents Rick Unruh, Marianne Melnick and Fred Wilson won re-election to their respective seats. Hoke Morrow and Bryan Upshaw won election to At-large Post 6 and At-large Post 7 in a runoff election on July 22, 2014.

About the district

See also: Houston County Schools, Georgia
Houston County Schools is located in Houston County, Georgia
Houston County Schools is located in Houston County, Georgia. Houston County is home to 146,067 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Houston County Schools is the 14th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 27,435 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Houston County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.8 percent of Houston 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 Houston County was $56,265 compared to $56,265 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Houston County was 14.6 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Houston County (%) Georgia (%)
White 64.7 62.8
Black or African American 29.4 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 2.7 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.6 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3][4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 39.0 59.6 1.4
2008 39.4 59.6 1.0
2004 41.4 58.0 0.6
2000 43.2 55.0 1.8

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.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Houston school board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Five seats are elected by geographic electoral district and two seats are elected at-large. There was no primary election and the general election was held on May 20, 2014. Since no candidate received the simple majority of votes in At-large Posts 6 and 7, a runoff election was held on July 22, 2014 between the top two candidates in each district. Five seats are on the ballot in 2014 and four seats were on the ballot in 2016. Districts 2, District 4 and At-large Post 6 were up for four-year terms. District 1 and At-large Post 7 were up for two-year terms.[6]

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.[7]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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Election results

Houston County Schools, At-Large Post 6 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHoke Morrow 56.9% 4,780
     Nonpartisan Sheila L. Ashley 43.1% 3,621
Total Votes 8,401
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff," accessed July 22, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Houston County Schools, At-Large Post 7 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBryan Upshaw 65.5% 5,524
     Nonpartisan Tannya T. Duncan 34.5% 2,912
Total Votes 8,436
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff," accessed July 22, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Houston County Schools, District 1 Special Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Unruh Incumbent 100% 1,823
Total Votes 1,823
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election," accessed July 23, 2014


Houston County Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarianne Melnick Incumbent 100% 1,693
Total Votes 1,693
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election," accessed July 23, 2014


Houston County Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFred Wilson Incumbent 100% 1,235
Total Votes 1,235
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election," accessed July 23, 2014


Houston County Schools, At-Large Post 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSheila L. Ashley 39.2% 4,133
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHoke Morrow 31% 3,268
     Nonpartisan Griff Clements 29.9% 3,153
Total Votes 10,554
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election," accessed July 23, 2014


Houston County Schools, At-Large Post 7 General Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBryan Upshaw 32.9% 3,425
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTannya T. Duncan 28.7% 2,985
     Nonpartisan Andy Rodriguez 16.7% 1,740
     Nonpartisan Doug Wechsler 12.1% 1,261
     Nonpartisan Robbin Jackson 9.5% 985
Total Votes 10,396
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election," accessed July 23, 2014

Endorsements

No candidate received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.[8]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Five seats on the Houston County school board were at stake in the May 20, 2014 elections. Incumbents Marianne Melnick and Fred Wilson were unopposed for re-election to four-year terms in their respective districts. Incumbent Rick Unruh was also unopposed in a special election for a two-year term. Newcomers Sheila L. Ashley and Hoke Morrow faced former board member Griff Clements for a four-year term in the at-large seat. Tannya T. Duncan, Robbin Jackson, Andy Rodriguez, Bryan Upshaw and Doug Wechsler were candidates for a two-year term in the at-large seat.

Issues in the district

New superintendent

In April 2014, the school board voted unanimously to approve Dr. Mark Scott as the next superintendent of Houston County Schools. Scott served as the district's assistant superintendent for human resources and as the principal of Northside High School. Scott took over the post on June 1, 2014 when Superintendent Robin Hines retired.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Houston County Schools election in 2014:[7]

Deadline Event
March 3, 2014 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
March 7, 2014 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
April 21, 2014 Last day to register to vote
April 28, 2014 Early voting begins
May 7, 2014 Last day to request an absentee ballot
May 20, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board, residents of Houston County voted in races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Attorney General, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, Georgia Commissioner of Insurance, Georgia State Superintendent of Schools, Georgia Commissioner of Labor, Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Georgia State Senate, Georgia House of Representatives, County Commission, Clerk of State Court, Georgia Supreme Court Justice, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge and State Court of Houston County Judge.[10]

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