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Jeff Stodghill
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Board member, Newport News School Board, Central District
Term ends
May 2018
Years in position 5
Board Vice Chair
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
First electedMay 4, 2010
Term limitsN/A
High schoolHomer Ferguson High School
Bachelor'sVirginia Tech
Master'sVirginia Tech
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Jeff Stodghill currently represents the Central district on the Newport News School Board in Virginia. He was first elected to the board in 2010. Stodghill won re-election against challenger Betty Bracey Dixon in the general election on May 6, 2014.


Stodghill graduated from Homer Ferguson High School in Newport News. He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. Stodghill is currently an architect with PMA.[1]



See also: Newport News Public Schools elections (2014)


Jeff Stodghill won re-election to the Central district seat against Betty Bracey Dixon in the general election on May 6, 2014.


Newport News Public Schools, North General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Stodghill Incumbent 50.7% 1,748
     Nonpartisan Betty Bracey Dixon 49.1% 1,694
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 9
Total Votes 3,451
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014


Stodghill reported $8,368.44 in contributions and $1,302.10 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, leaving his campaign with $7,066.34 on hand prior to the election.[2]


Stodghill was endorsed by the Daily Press for the May 6, 2014 general election.[3]


Newport News Public Schools, Central General Election, 4-year term, May 4, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Stodghill 42.5% 4,255
     Nonpartisan Angela F. Herring 31.8% 3,184
     Nonpartisan Renee L. Beamer 25.3% 2,528
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 39
Total Votes 10,006
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "May 4, 2010 City Election Official Results," accessed March 18, 2014

Campaign themes


Stodghill explained his reasons for running in 2014 on his campaign's Facebook page:

Four years ago the voters of the Central District elected me to the Newport News School Board. Since that time I have worked to bring back the 10-point grading scale, enrich our curriculum with creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Over that time we have seen a dramatic increase in on-time graduation and a dramatic reduction in the drop-out rate. I want to continue the work to make our school system even better by focusing on improving school culture, student achievement and teaching conditions.


—Jeff Stodghill's Facebook page, (2014) [1]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

April 24 candidate forum

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a candidate forum at the district's administration building on April 24, 2014. The forum featured tense discussions between moderators Bill Thomas and Pat Woodbury and candidates answering questions about academic performance, student assessments and anti-gang efforts in the district. Stodghill stated that the district had made progress on improving academic performance over the past four years. Thomas, the director of government relations at Hampton University, criticized Stodghill's optimistic view and cited poor performance by students at local colleges as an example of the district's struggles. Curtis D. Bethany III expressed concerns about the difficulty level of the state's Standard of Learning assessments, which led Thomas to state that state assessment examples he reviewed were simple.[5]

Woodbury, a member of the Newport News City Council, questioned candidates about the school board's willingness to support the city's anti-gang violence initiatives. She suggested that district officials discourage teachers from seeking disciplinary action against students to avoid damaging the district's reputation. Board member Betty Bracey Dixon argued that gang activity is more commonplace in district schools than is reported. Fellow incumbent Pricillia E. Burnett advocated for alternative education options for gang members rather than seeking criminal punishment.[5]

About the district

See also: Newport News Public Schools, Virginia
Newport News Public Schools is located in Newport News, Virginia
Newport News Public Schools is located in Newport News, a city in eastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Newport News is home to 180,726 residents.[6] Newport News Public Schools is the ninth-largest school district in Virginia, serving 29,948 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


Newport News underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.9 percent of Newport News 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 Newport News was $50,744 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Newport News was 14.5 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Newport News (%) Virginia (%)
White 49.0 68.6
Black or African American 40.7 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.4
Asian 2.7 5.5
Two or More Races 4.3 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[8]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 64.3 34.2
2008 63.9 35.2
2004 51.9 47.4
2000 51.5 46.7

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.[9][10]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook, "Jeff Stodghill for School Board," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Reporting," accessed April 22, 2014
  3. Daily Press, "Newport News schools," April 22, 2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Daily Press, "Sharp exchanges between candidates, moderators mark Newport News School Board debate," April 24, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 United States Census Bureau, "Newport News, Virginia," accessed February 11, 2014
  7. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 1, 2014
  8. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed February 11, 2014
  9. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  10. 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.