Jason Benfield

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Jason Benfield
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Former candidate for
Board member, Downingtown Area School District, Region 8
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
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Jason Benfield ran for the Region 8 seat on the Downingtown Area school board in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Elections

2013

See also: Downingtown Area School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Benfield ran against Barbara Albright in the general election on November 5, 2013. Benfield won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 21, 2013.

Results

Downingtown Area School District, Region 8 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Albright 56% 487
     Democrat Jason Benfield 44% 382
Total Votes 869
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed December 13, 2013


Downingtown Area School District Region 8 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven P. Wisniewski 60.7% 133
     Republican Jason Benfield 39.3% 86
     Republican Write-In 0% 0
Total Votes 219
Source: Chester County Election Results


Downingtown Area School District Region 8 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJason Benfield 57.9% 77
     Democrat Steven P. Wisniewski 41.4% 55
     Democrat Write-In 0.8% 1
Total Votes 133
Source: Chester County Election Results


Funding

Benfield reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Department of State.[1]

Endorsements

Benfield did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Downingtown Area School Board were at stake in the November election, including Vice President Barbara Hurt-Simmons' seat. Incumbents Hurt-Simmons, Bob Yorczyk, and Suzanne DiVito Simonelli sought re-election. The new board will need to address continuing financial challenges in the district.

About the district

See also: Downingtown Area School District, Pennsylvania
Downingtown Area School District is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Downingtown Area School District is located in Chester County, which is in southeastern Pennsylvania. The county is home to 506,575 residents.[2]

Demographics

The county outperforms the state in median household income, poverty rate, and higher education. According to the 2010 Census, the median household income in Chester County is $86,264 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651. The rate of residents below the poverty level in Chester County is 6.1% while the state rate is 12.6%. The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in Chester County is 48.1% compared to the state average of 26.7%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Chester County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 87.7 83.5
Black or African American 6.4 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 4.0 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.7 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 49.2 49.7
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 52.0 43.7
2000 53.3 43.7


Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]

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References

  1. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Campaign Finance Online Reporting," accessed December 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2010 Census: Quick Facts, "Chester County," accessed October 10, 2013"
  3. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.