Marion County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Marion County Public Schools 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
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Marion County Public Schools
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Three seats on the Marion County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determines if candidates for each seat could 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.

In the District 3 race, incumbent Bobby James faced challenger Jane Moerlie in the runoff election on November 4, 2014, since neither was able to garner 50 percent plus one of the vote. The same was true in District 4, where incumbent Angelia Lorraine Boynton faced challenger Michael Chase Basinger. Both incumbents defeated their challengers in the runoff election.

In the District 5 race, challenger Kelly D. King triumphed over incumbent Ronald Bruce Crawford in the general election.

About the district

See also: Marion County Public Schools, Florida
Marion County Public Schools is located in Marion County, Florida
Marion County Public Schools is based in Ocala, the county seat of Marion County, Florida. Marion County is home to 337,362 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Marion County Public Schools is the 17th-largest school district in Florida, serving 42,281 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Marion County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.1 percent of Marion 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 Marion County was $39,770 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Marion County was 17.3 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Marion County (%) Florida (%)
White 83.2 78.3
Black or African American 13.0 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.5 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 11.4 23.2

Party registration, June 13, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 92,359
Democratic 77,827
Other 46,519
Total 216,705

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Marion County School Board consists of seven 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, for races where 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, and the runoff election deadline was October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

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Candidates defeated in the general election:

Candidates defeated in the general election:

Election results

District 3: Runoff
Marion County Public Schools, District 3 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBobby James Incumbent 51% 53,309
     Nonpartisan Jane Moerlie 49% 51,241
Total Votes 104,550
Source: Marion County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Unofficial Results," accessed November 4, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 4: Runoff
Marion County Public Schools, District 4 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngelia Lorraine Boynton Incumbent 52% 53,372
     Nonpartisan Michael Chase Basinger 48% 49,358
Total Votes 102,730
Source: Marion County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Unofficial Results," accessed November 4, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 3: General
Marion County Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBobby James Incumbent 33.3% 10,735
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJane Moerlie 28.3% 9,148
     Nonpartisan Ed Wilson 25.8% 8,313
     Nonpartisan Jim Touchton 12.7% 4,085
Total Votes 32,281
Source: Marion 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 4: General
Marion County Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Chase Basinger 32.3% 10,310
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngelia Lorraine Boynton Incumbent 26.6% 8,480
     Nonpartisan Diane Lynn Schrier 24.2% 7,728
     Nonpartisan Jamie L. Bevan 16.9% 5,390
Total Votes 31,908
Source: Marion 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 5: General
Marion County Public Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKelly D. King 57.7% 18,399
     Nonpartisan Ronald Bruce Crawford Incumbent 42.3% 13,511
Total Votes 31,910
Source: Marion 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 3, District 4 and District 5 candidates Jane Moerlie, Michael Chase Basinger and Kelly D. King all received endorsements from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[5]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $119,612.49 and spent a total of $97,879.46 by August 25, 2014, according to the Marion County Supervisor of Elections.[6]

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $49,684.45 and spent a total of $36,074.62.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Bobby James $19,814.12 $10,307.24
Jane Moerlie $18,715.00 $16,128.78
Jim Touchton $3,148.58 $2,738.91
Ed Wilson $8,006.75 $6,899.69

In the District 4 race, candidates raised a total of $44,426.94 and spent a total of $41,637.90.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Michael Chase Basinger $15,283.11 $14,063.72
Jamie L. Bevan $10,429.69 $9,946.89
Angelia Lorraine Boynton $9,552.27 $8,714.93
Diane Lynn Schrier $9,161.87 $8,912.36

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $25,501.10 and spent a total of $20,166.94.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Ronald Bruce Crawford $13,163.28 $8,611.48
Kelly D. King $12,337.82 $11,555.46

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[7]

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 voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Marion County voted on races for two seats on the county commission. The November 4, 2014, ballot included races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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