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Mark Steffen

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Mark Steffen
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Board member, Torrance Unified School District, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2005
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Redlands
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
Websites
Office website
Mark Steffen is an incumbent member of and was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Torrance Unified School District Board of Trustees that was up for general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Mark Steffen is a teacher in the Hawthorne School District and a father of two students that are TUSD graduates. He has been an educator in South Bay schools for 32 years. He earned his Bachelor's degree from University of Redlands and earned his teaching credential from California State University: Los Angeles.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Torrance Unified School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Mark Steffen ran against three other candidates including incumbents Martha Deutsch and Michael Patrick Wermers as well as challenger John Paul Tabakian.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Martha Deutsch, Mark Steffen and Michael Patrick Wermers were re-elected to the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education.

Torrance Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Deutsch 27.4% 5,657
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Steffen 26.9% 5,554
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Patrick Wermers 23.7% 4,886
     Nonpartisan John Paul Tabakian 21.9% 4,524
Total Votes 20,621
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" Accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

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

Endorsements

Mark Steffen has received official endorsements from Service Employee Union - Local 99, California School Employees Association Chapter 845, and Democratic 66th Assembly District Committee. He has also received the endorsement of fellow candidates Martha Deutsch and Micahel Patrick Wermers.[3]

2009

On November 3, 2009, three seats on the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Al Muratsuchi, Mark Steffen and Michael P. Wermers defeated four challengers.

Torrance Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAl Muratsuchi 25.1% 6,454
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Steffen 24.1% 6,204
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael P. Wermers 19.7% 5,079
     Nonpartisan Kathleen J. Wood 12.1% 3,121
     Nonpartisan G. Rick "Rick" Marshall 11.7% 3,024
     Nonpartisan Kevin E. Bellenfant 5.2% 1,329
     Nonpartisan Sameer "Supreme Sam" Bhavnani 2.1% 542
Total Votes 25,753
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Torrance Unified School District Voter Information" Accessed October 24, 2013

2005

Torrance Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael P. Ernst 18.4% 12,851
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAl Muratsuchi 17.4% 12,191
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Steffen 14.8% 10,358
     Nonpartisan Joseph F. "Joe" Bonanno 14.6% 10,234
     Nonpartisan Steve A. Hemingway 12% 8,387
     Nonpartisan Melissa Wright 11.8% 8,238
     Nonpartisan Rachelle W. Toti 5.6% 3,907
     Nonpartisan James E. Delurgio 5.5% 3,838
Total Votes 70,004

Campaign themes

Restoring cuts

During the last six years of my tenure on the Board, many cuts to staff and programs have been made. Because of the successful relationships developed with staff and stakeholders, TUSD has come out of the "Great Recession" stronger than most districts in California. It is now time to rebuild those programs that had to be cut. With input from all staff, parents, and stakeholders, I believe I can help TUSD rebuild for the future. It is vital that we take this opportunity to look toward the future and meet the needs of the students not only of today, but of our city's future.

My experience in the classroom, as an administrator responsible for the maintenance of a district, and my experience as a board member during the most difficult times in California's fiscal history, will help me to aid in the building of TUSD's future.

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


What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Martha Deutsch, Mark Steffen and Michael Patrick Wermers filed seeking re-election and were opposed by one challenging candidate, John Paul Tabakian.

About the district

See also: Torrance Unified School District, California
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Torrance Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California in Torrance, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 145,438 residents.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Torrance (%) California (%)
White 51.1 57.6
Black or African American 2.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 34.5 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.4
Two or More Races 5.5 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 37.6

Demographics

Torrance outperforms 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 Bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Torrance was $75,885 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 43.7% of Torrance residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Torrance was 7.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 92.5% of Torrance residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[6]

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