Leon County Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Leon County Schools Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Leon County Schools
Leon County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Three seats on the Leon County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. Incumbent Forrest Van Camp was defeated by challenger Alva Swafford Striplin for the District 1 seat. Fellow board members Maggie Lewis-Butler and Georgia "Joy" Bowen won re-election without opposition in Districts 3 and 5, respectively.

About the district

See also: Leon County Schools, Florida
Leon County Schools is located in Leon County, Florida
Leon County Schools is based in Tallahassee, the county seat of Leon County and capital of Florida. Leon County is home to 281,845 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Leon County Schools is the 23rd-largest school district in Florida, serving 33,218 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]


Leon County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 43.5 percent of Leon County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Leon County was $45,915 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Leon County was 22.8 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Leon County (%) Florida (%)
White 63.0 78.1
Black or African American 31.4 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 3.1 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.1 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 6.0 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 100,389
Republican 51,327
Other 35,683
Total 187,399

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]

Method of board member selection

The Leon County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014 and the runoff election took place on November 4, 2014 if no candidate received 50 percent or more of the general election vote.

Candidates for the school board filed for the election by June 20, 2014. The county's elections office hosted early voting for the general election at various locations from August 16, 2014, to August 23, 2014. The early voting window for the runoff election ran from October 25, 2014, to November 1, 2014. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot in the general election was August 20, 2014.[6]




Election results

Leon County Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlva Swafford Striplin 58.8% 7,678
     Nonpartisan Forrest Van Camp Incumbent 41.2% 5,375
Total Votes 13,053
Source: Leon County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


District 1 candidate Alva Swafford Striplin received endorsements from the Tallahassee Board of Realtors, the Florida American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the Leon Classroom Teachers Association and Tallahassee Democrat.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $50,807.21 and spent a total of $47,000.49 by August 25, 2014, according to the Leon County Supervisor of Elections.[8]

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $46,695.21 and spent a total of $44,800.17.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Alva Swafford Striplin $26,595.21 $24,800.17
Forrest Van Camp $20,100.00 $20,000.00

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $687.00 and spent a total of $125.13.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Maggie Lewis-Butler $687.00 $125.13

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $3,425.00 and spent a total of $2,075.19.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Georgia "Joy" Bowen $3,425.00 $2,075.19

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[6]

Deadline Event
June 20, 2014 Last day of candidate filing period
August 16, 2014 First day of early voting in general election
August 20, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for general election
August 23, 2014 Last day of early voting in general election
August 26, 2014 General election day

Additional elections on the ballot

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Leon County voted on races for county commission and county judge seats. Voters decided on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014, ballot included races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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