Jerry Tate

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Jerry Tate
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Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 1
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sAlabama State University
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ProfessionManager
Jerry Tate was a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Birmingham City School Board. He was defeated in the general election on August 27, 2013 and did not continue on to the October 8, 2013 runoff election.

Elections

2013

See also: Birmingham City School District Elections (2013)

Jerry Tate unsuccessfully ran for the District 1 seat on the Birmingham City School Board against incumbent Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr. and fellow challengers Sherman Collins, Jr. and Douglas Ragland. Green Calhoun, Jr. withdrew from the race on August 5, 2013.[1] The election took place on August 27, 2013. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote, the top two candidates continued on to a runoff election held on October 8, 2013.[2]

Birmingham City Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherman Collins, Jr. 30.3% 970
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas Ragland 27% 862
     Nonpartisan Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr. Incumbent 24.4% 780
     Nonpartisan Jerry Tate 18.3% 585
Total Votes 3,197
Source: Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "City Election - August 27, 2013," accessed August 28, 2013 These results are unofficial and not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.

Funding

No campaign donations or expenditures for Jerry Tate were reported to the Alabama Secretary of State during his campaign.[3]

Endorsements

Jerry Tate did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Nine seats, including every board officer position, were at stake. Three members of the controversial "Gang of Five" coalition of board members were on the ballot. These members were Emanuel B. Ford, Virginia S. Volker and Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr., all of whom lost their re-election bids.[4] Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne did not seek re-election.[5]

State takeover

On June 26, 2012, the Alabama Department of Education assumed control of Birmingham City Schools after the school board failed to pass a measure that would have cut hundreds of jobs over two years to bring the district into compliance with state law.[6] The discovery that schools in the district were operating without the mandated month of emergency reserve funds, which amounted to approximately $20 million, was another contributor to the state takeover.[7] Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.[7]

About the district

The Birmingham City School District was created in 1910 when the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill creating Greater Birmingham. Through this bill, 40 schools were annexed by the Birmingham Free School, most of them substandard and in disrepair. Birmingham City Schools is now comprised of 51 schools including 25 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, seven K-8 schools, seven high schools, and one alternative school.[8]

Location

Birmingham City Schools is located in Jefferson County, Alabama
Birmingham City School District is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, located northeast of the capital, Montgomery. According to the 2010 US Census, Birmingham is home to 212,237 residents.[9]

Demographics

Jefferson County outperforms the rest of Alabama in terms of median household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income for Jefferson County is $45,750 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Jefferson County is 16.2% while it is 17.6% for the state of Alabama. The 2010 U.S. Census also found that 29.0% of Jefferson County residents aged 25 or older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.0% in Iowa[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Jefferson County (%) Alabama (%)
White 54.3 70.0
Black or African American 42.6 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 1.5 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.9 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[11]
Year Democratic Vote Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote Republican Vote (%)
2012 159,876 52.50 141,683 46.53
2008 166,121 52.15 149,921 47.07
2004 132,286 45.15 158,680 54.16
2000 129,889 47.45 138,491 50.59



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.[12]

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