Joe Fuentes

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Joe Fuentes
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Board Member, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Powhatan District
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchAir Force
Personal
ProfessionEngineer
Joe Fuentes is the current seat holder of the Powhatan District on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board, where he is also Board Vice Chair. He won re-election against challenger Melinda Lincoln-Richardson on November 5, 2013.

Fuentes was previously the seat holder of the Jamestown district, however voting district maps were redrawn for James City County in 2011. The new map included Fuentes' home in the Powhatan district, so he made the decision to run for that seat.[1]

Biography

Fuentes has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's of Engineering in Engineering Management. He is currently employed by for NAVSEA as a Branch Head for Nuclear Engineering and Testing. He is also a veteran of the Air Force.

He is married with two grown daughters who attended Williamsburg James City schools, and has resided in the area for 30 years.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools elections (2013)

Results

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Powhatan District, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Fuentes Incumbent 74.3% 3,118
     Independent Melinda Lincoln-Richardson 25.1% 1,053
     Independent Write-in Votes 0.6% 27
Total Votes 4,198
Source: James City County, Virginia, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013

Endorsements

Fuentes received endorsements for his campaign from The Virginia Gazette and former school board chairman John Alewynse.[3][4]

Funding

Fuentes reported $7,154 in contributions and $2724.21 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $4429.79 on hand.[5]

2009

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Powhatan District, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Fuentes 65.9% 3,475
     Independent Gualano Davis 33.2% 1,750
     N/A Write-in Votes 0.9% 46
Total Votes 5,271
Source: James City County, Virginia, "November 2010 General Election Official Results," accessed October 15, 2013

Campaign themes

Fuentes stated the following in an October interview as the major issues facing the district:[2]

Growth
Managing a growing division in a time of reduced budgets. With an operating budget of over $115M and six year capital projects plan of over $75M, I intend to continue with my in depth questioning to ensure that we are maximizing our value.

Quality Improvement
Implementing a continuous process improvement management system to ensure measurable processes. Process improvement has long been an issue that I have championed. Quality improvement processes will go directly to helping achieve a premier school division and over the long term reflects sound fiscal management.

Technology
Maximizing cost efficiencies with technology in the classrooms. I do not believe we have fully utilized technology in the classroom to get our return for the dollar. This is a rapidly changing area that will require some new and/or shifts in paradigms.

What was at stake?

Two seats were up for election on the Williamsburg-James City County Public School Board on November 5, 2013. Both incumbents sought re-election and retained their seats.

About the district

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools is located in Williamsburg, VA
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools is located in Williamsburg, Virginia. It serves both the city of Williamsburg and the county of James City. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Williamsburg is home to 14,068 residents.[6]

Demographics

In terms of average household income and poverty rate, Williamsburg underperformed in these areas. The average household income was $50,742 compared to $63,302 in the entire state. Williamsburg had a poverty rate of 16.1%, while the poverty rate for Virginia was 10.7%. In terms of graduation rate, Williamsburg overperformed with 93.6% compared to 86.6% statewide.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Williamsburg City (%) Virginia (%)
White 74.0 71.1
Black 14.0 19.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.7 8.4
Asian 5.7 6.0
American Indian 0.3 0.5
Two or More Races 3.5 2.6

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 63.3 34.6
2008 63.8 34.7
2004 51.3 47.8
2000 46.3 47.7

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[8]

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