Manatee County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Manatee County School District Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Florida
Manatee County School District
Manatee County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Three seats on the Manatee County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determines if candidates for each seat can garner a majority of the vote total. If no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Rodney K. Jones and Charles "Charlie" Kennedy ran to replace Barbara Harvey, who did not file for re-election in District 2. Kennedy triumphed over Jones in that race. District 4 incumbent Karen H. Carpenter won over challenger Frank Brunner. District 5 incumbent Julie B. Aranibar faces Mary S. Cantrell in the runoff election on November 4, 2014, since neither was able to garner 50 percent plus one of the vote.

About the district

See also: Manatee County School District, Florida
Manatee County School District is located in Manatee County, Florida
Manatee County School District is based in Bradenton, the county seat of Manatee County, Florida. Manatee County is home to 342,106 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Manatee County School District is the 15th-largest school district in Florida, serving 44,986 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Manatee County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.0 percent of Manatee 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 Manatee County was $47,910 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Manatee County was 14.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Manatee County (%) Florida (%)
White 86.5 78.1
Black or African American 9.3 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.9 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 15.3 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 89,268
Democratic 67,145
Other 53,715
Total 210,128

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Manatee County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat and represents a specific group of schools. There was a general election on August 26, 2014 and the runoff election takes place on November 4, 2014 if no candidate receives 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 runs 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, and the runoff election deadline is October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

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Election results

Manatee County School District, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharles "Charlie" Kennedy 56.4% 21,890
     Nonpartisan Rodney K. Jones 43.6% 16,923
Total Votes 38,813
Source: Manatee 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.


Manatee County School District, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren H. Carpenter Incumbent 61.4% 24,866
     Nonpartisan Frank Brunner 38.6% 15,629
Total Votes 40,495
Source: Manatee 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.


Manatee County School District, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulie B. Aranibar Incumbent 37.1% 15,015
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary S. Cantrell 35.3% 14,269
     Nonpartisan James T. Golden 17.8% 7,193
     Nonpartisan Carlton "Les" Nichols 9.9% 3,995
Total Votes 40,472
Source: Manatee 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.

Endorsements

District 2 candidate Rodney K. Jones received an endorsement from the Manatee Education Association.[5] District 4 candidate Frank Brunner received an endorsement from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $160,523.60 and spent a total of $110,908.19 by August 25, 2014, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections.[7]

In the District 2 race, candidates raised a total of $24,286.34 and spent a total of $19,750.29.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Rodney K. Jones $16,511.34 $12,282.39
Charles "Charlie" Kennedy $7,775.00 $7,467.90

In the District 4 race, candidates raised a total of $59,065.91 and spent a total of $47,158.52.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Frank Brunner $29,690.80 $26,290.41
Karen H. Carpenter $29,375.11 $20,868.11

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $77,171.35 and spent a total of $43,999.38.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Julie B. Aranibar $40,138.26 $22,885.84
Mary S. Cantrell $27,150.00 $13,500.03
James T. Golden $6,435.00 $4,719.94
Carlton "Les" Nichols $3,448.09 $2,893.57

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[8]

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
October 25, 2014 First day of early voting in runoff election
October 29, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for runoff election
November 1, 2014 Last day of early voting in runoff election
November 4, 2014 Runoff election day

Additional elections on the ballot

Area residents will vote on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Manatee County will vote on races for county commission seats. Voters will also decide on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014 ballot includes races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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