Martin County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Martin 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
Martin County School District
Martin County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Three seats on the Martin County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined 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 advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Jennifer Ann Doak, Christa Li Roberts and Loretta "Lorie" Shekailo were running to replace Michael Busha, who did not file for re-election in District 1. No candidate for the District 1 race received a majority of votes, so Roberts and Shekailo, the top two vote-getters, advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014. Roberts won the runoff election.

The District 4 race featured incumbent Maura Barry-Sorenson and challenger Tina Maria McSoley. McSoley won the seat. Rebecca Jean Negron ran unopposed and won re-election in District 3. [1]

About the district

See also: Martin County School District, Florida
Martin County School District is located in Martin County, Florida
Martin County School District is based in Stuart, the county seat of Martin County, Florida. Martin County is home to 151,263 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Martin County School District is the 30th-largest school district in Florida, serving 18,368 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

Martin County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.6 percent of Martin 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 Martin County was $50,573 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Martin County was 12.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Martin County (%) Florida (%)
White 90.3 78.1
Black or African American 5.9 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 0.5
Asian 1.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.3 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 13.0 23.6

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 51,956
Democratic 26,954
Other 25,131
Total 104,041

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.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Martin 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, for District 1 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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  • Christa Li Roberts Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, Loyola University
    • Self-employed investment adviser
  • Loretta "Lorie" Shekailo
    • Graduate, SUNY Farmingdale College, SUNY Oswego University, Villanova University
    • Director of finance and operations, St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
    • Certified public accountant

Candidate defeated in the general election:

Election results

Runoff: District 1
Marin County School District, District 1 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChrista Li Roberts 55.3% 28,676
     Nonpartisan Loretta "Lorie" Shekailo 44.7% 23,190
Total Votes 51,866
Source: Martin County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Unofficial Election Results," accessed November 5, 2014 These results are unofficial and will be updated when certified results are available.
General: District 1
Marin County School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChrista Li Roberts 41.3% 9,480
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLoretta "Lorie" Shekailo 38.1% 8,745
     Nonpartisan Jennifer Ann Doak 20.5% 4,711
Total Votes 22,936
Source: Martin County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Official Election Results," September 3, 2014
General: District 3

Rebecca Jean Negron was re-elected without opposition.

General: District 4
Marin County School District, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTina Maria McSoley 61.8% 13,846
     Nonpartisan Maura Barry-Sorenson Incumbent 38.2% 8,558
Total Votes 22,404
Source: Martin County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Official Election Results," September 3, 2014

Endorsements

No candidates received official endorsements in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $93,021.97 and spent a total of $67,486.09 by August 25, 2014, according to the Martin County Supervisor of Elections.[6]

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $70,283.16 and spent a total of $48,643.78.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Jennifer Ann Doak $19,370.00 $16,370.33
Christa Li Roberts $32,442.98 $17,131.41
Loretta "Lorie" Shekailo $18,470.18 $15,142.04

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $2,665.00 and spent a total of $2,665.00.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Rebecca Jean Negron $2,665.00 $2,665.00

In the District 4 race, candidates raised a total of $20,073.81 and spent a total of $16,177.31.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Maura Barry-Sorenson $4,700.00 $2,608.96
Tina Maria McSoley $15,373.81 $13,568.35

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 Martin County voted on races for county commission 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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