Mae Thomas

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Mae Thomas
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Board member, Compton Unified School District, At-large
Member
Term ends
2017
Leadership
President
1
Vice President
1
Legislative Representative
1
Board Clerk
2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2001
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionFinancial Screener, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
ReligionLove and Unity Christian Fellowship Church
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mae Thomas is an incumbent member of and was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees up for general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Mae Thomas is a financial screener for Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and former employee of Compton Unified School District. Thomas is the mother of five children, has fifteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is a member of many community organizations incluiding the Compton Standing Committee on Crime and is a former executive board member of the NAACP.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Compton Unified School District elections (2013)

Mae Thomas ran against eleven other candidates including incumbents Satra D. Zurita and Margie N. Garrett for four seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Satra D. Zurita, Mae Thomas, Margie N. Garrett and Charles Davis defeated nine candidates for four seats on the Compton Unified School District Board of Education.

Compton Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSatra D. Zurita 15.4% 2,385
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMae Thomas Incumbent 14.2% 2,200
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargie N. Garrett Incumbent 13.3% 2,058
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Davis Incumbent 12% 1,851
     Nonpartisan Stephany A. Ortega 7% 1,080
     Nonpartisan Carol Ann Bradley 6.7% 1,041
     Nonpartisan William T. Kemp 5.9% 908
     Nonpartisan Joseph L. Lewis 5.4% 843
     Nonpartisan Francisco Javier Orozco 5.4% 838
     Nonpartisan Yolanda Hernandez Lopez 4.2% 645
     Nonpartisan Tomas Carlos 4.1% 637
     Nonpartisan Diana Padilla 3.5% 541
     Nonpartisan Cierra Amber Evans 2.9% 441
Total Votes 15,468
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

Thomas has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Mae Thomas has not yet received any official endorsements for this campaign.

Election History

2009

On November 3, 2009, four seats on the Compton Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Mae Thomas, Satra D. Zurita, Margie N. Garrett, and Marjorie A. Shipp defeated seven challengers.

Compton Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2009, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMae Thomas 16% 2,555
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSatra D. Zurita 15.8% 2,524
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargie N. Garrett 12.4% 1,979
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarjorie A. Shipp 11.6% 1,858
     Nonpartisan Paulette Simpson-Gipson 11.4% 1,818
     Nonpartisan Joel Estrada 9.7% 1,545
     Nonpartisan Deatra M. Handy 6.4% 1,025
     Nonpartisan Tomas Carlos 6.2% 985
     Nonpartisan Joseph L. Lewis 4.6% 729
     Nonpartisan Willie D. Carson 3.5% 554
     Nonpartisan Nydja A. Quarles 2.5% 404
     Nonpartisan 0% 0
Total Votes 15,976
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Compton Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 12, 2013

2005

On November 8, 2005, four seats on the Compton Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Mae Thomas, Satra D. Zurita, Joel Estrada, and Marjorie A. Shipp defeated seven challengers.

Compton Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2005, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarjorie Agnes Shipp 11.9% 6,014
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMae Thomas 11.7% 5,924
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Estrada 11.5% 5,828
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSatra Zurita 10.5% 5,319
     Nonpartisan Paulette Simpson-Gipson 9% 4,533
     Nonpartisan Jenny L. Bethune 8.8% 4,454
     Nonpartisan Latanya Denise Hall-Ganter 8.4% 4,262
     Nonpartisan Janice Irving 7.4% 3,718
     Nonpartisan Carolyn Patterson Stokes 7.2% 3,655
     Nonpartisan Joseph L. Lewis 7.1% 3,568
     Nonpartisan Irene M. Barraza 6.5% 3,300
Total Votes 50,575

2001

On November 6, 2001, four seats on the Compton Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Isadore Hall, Basil Kimbrew, Marjorie A. Shipp, and Barbara Jean Calhoun defeated seventeen challengers.

Compton Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2001, 2001
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngIsadore Hall 12.1% 2,386
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBasil Kimbrew 8.6% 1,696
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarjorie A. Shipp 8.6% 1,688
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Jean Calhoun 7.9% 1,563
     Nonpartisan Bernice Woods 7.5% 1,485
     Nonpartisan Saul E. Lankster 7.2% 1,424
     Nonpartisan Shirley Allen 6.5% 1,276
     Nonpartisan Gorgonio Sanchez, Jr. 6% 1,178
     Nonpartisan Mae Thomas 5.7% 1,121
     Nonpartisan Carol Bradley Jordan 4.9% 969
     Nonpartisan Alfonso "Al" Cabrera 4% 782
     Nonpartisan Roberto Carrillo 3.2% 631
     Nonpartisan E. Lavonne Johnson 2.8% 560
     Nonpartisan Juan R. Mora 2.6% 511
     Nonpartisan Willie Dewitt Carson 2.4% 466
     Nonpartisan Otha Ray Scott 2.1% 420
     Nonpartisan Joseph L. Lewis 2.1% 408
     Nonpartisan Marketta "Keyda" Martin 1.8% 355
     Nonpartisan Leon Charles Stephens 1.6% 313
     Nonpartisan Toy Jackson Phillips 1.4% 272
     Nonpartisan Willie M. Elston 1.1% 215
Total Votes 19,719

What was at stake?

Four at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the Vice-President and Clerk. Incumbents Margie N. Garrett and Satra D. Zurita sought re-election.

Issues

Racial profiling lawsuit

On May 13, 2013 a group of students and parents filed a federal lawsuit against Compton Unified School District, alleging school police used excessive force and racially profiled Latino students and parents. The suit also alleges school police deliberately targeted Catarino Garcia and notified immigration officials resulting in Garcia's deportation after Garcia went to the school police station to file a complaint against an officer. Another plaintiff, Raquel Espinoza, alleges excessive force and that she was targeted for being a parent activist after she and her son were arrested outside Compton High School after an alleged fight involving her son. A bystander Victor Lopez filmed the incident with his iPod and had his nose broken, was pepper-sprayed and arrested on charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.[3]

Lack of Latino representation

Latinos make up the majority of Compton residents and 78.8% of the student body, yet the Compton Unified School District School Board has no Latino member on the board. Several suits have resulted from this lack of representation alleging a violation of the Voter's Rights Act. A 2010 lawsuit alleged that the at-large elections system dilutes the voting power of Latino residents.[4]

About the district

Location

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Compton Unified School District is located in the Southcentral Los Angeles County, California in Compton, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 96,455 residents.[5]

Demographics

Compton underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Compton was $43,311 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 7.0% of Compton residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Compton was 24.9% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 75.7% of Compton residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Compton (%) California (%)
White 25.9 57.6
Black or African American 32.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 0.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.4
Two or More Races 3.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 65.0 37.6

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