Joyce Chester

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Joyce Chester
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Board member, West Chester Area School District, At-large
Member
Term ends
2017
PartyDemocrat
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sImmaculata University
Personal
ProfessionPresident and CEO
Websites
Campaign website
Joyce Chester holds an at-large seat on the West Chester Area school board. She first won election to the board on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Chester has lived in West Chester for over 27 years and has two sons. She has a B.A. in Organizational Dynamics from Immaculata University and a Certification in Non-Profit Executive Leadership from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She is currently the President and CEO of Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center. Chester is a current board member and former chair of the Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation and currently chairs the Advisory Council for the County of Chester Department of Aging.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: West Chester Area School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Chester ran for an at-large seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Maria Pimley, Sean Carpenter, Edward Coyle, Pam LaTorre, Robin Kaliner, Chris McCune and Ricky L. Swalm.

Election results

Chester won the election on November 5, 2013.

West Chester Area School District, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Chester 13.8% 9,708
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris McCune 13.8% 9,679
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kaliner 13.7% 9,592
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRicky L. Swalm 13.4% 9,395
     Republican Edward Coyle Incumbent 11.5% 8,046
     Republican Sean Carpenter Incumbent 11.5% 8,046
     Republican Pam LaTorre 11.3% 7,941
     Republican Maria Pimley Incumbent 11% 7,688
     Nonpartisan 0% 0
Total Votes 70,095
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed December 13, 2013


West Chester Area School District, Democratic Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Chester 22.9% 2,844
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kaliner 22% 2,735
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris McCune 21% 2,612
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRicky L. Swalm 20.3% 2,522
     Democratic Pam LaTorre 3.7% 454
     Democratic Edward Coyle Incumbent 3.4% 423
     Democratic Maria Pimley Incumbent 3.4% 418
     Democratic Sean Carpenter Incumbent 3.2% 401
Total Votes 12,409
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed October 31, 2013


West Chester Area School District, Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Carpenter Incumbent 18.4% 3,741
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Coyle Incumbent 17.3% 3,521
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPam LaTorre 16.8% 3,424
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Pimley Incumbent 15.8% 3,208
     Republican Robin Kaliner 8.2% 1,666
     Republican Chris McCune 8.1% 1,649
     Republican Joyce Chester 7.9% 1,604
     Republican Ricky L. Swalm 7.5% 1,523
Total Votes 20,336
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed October 31, 2013

Funding

Chester reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Department of State.[2]

Endorsements

Chester received endorsements from the Chester County Democratic Committee, Republicans for a Better Direction and West Chester VOTE.[3]

Campaign themes

As Better Direction candidates, Kaliner, Chester, McCune and Swalm listed the following views their 2013 campaign:[4]

Views

  • A bi-partisan team of business professionals, educators and parents who believe providing a quality education and increasing academic achievement each year should be the foundation of every decision made by the school board.
  • A team who will make taxpayers and property values a top priority by fostering needed change which is critical to ensure the financial stability of our District.
  • A team who will continuously work to promote a respectful atmosphere between board members, school administrators, teachers and parents in all matters before the board.


Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

Four seats on the West Chester Area school board were at stake in the election. Incumbents Edward Coyle, Maria Pimley and Sean Carpenter sought re-election. Finances are one of the largest challenges in the district, so the new board will continue to address ongoing funding questions, including the benefits of tax increases and program cuts.[5] The newly elected board with also address an ongoing teacher contract debate.[6]

About the district

See also: West Chester Area School District, Pennsylvania
West Chester Area School District is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania
West Chester Area School District is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The county seat of Chester County is West Chester. According to the 2010 US Census, Chester County is home to 506,575 residents.[7]

Demographics

Chester County outperformed the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of its average median rates of household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Chester County was $86,264 compared to $51,651 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Chester County was 6.1% compared to 12.6% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 48.1% of Chester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.7% in Pennsylvania.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Chester County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 87.4 83.5
Black or African American 6.4 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 4.3 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 6.1

Party Affiliation, 2013[8]
Party Chester County Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 147,576 44.49
Democratic 125,440 37.81
Libertarian 2,094 0.63
Other 56,627 17.07




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.[9]

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