Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District elections (2013)

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2013 Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Elections

General Election date:
October 1, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Candidates
What's at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
Contact information
External links
References
See also
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Three seats on the school board for Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District were up for election on October 1, 2013. Seats up for election cover seats C, F, and G. There are seven Districts in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. Each district is represented by a member, referred to as member.

Those elected to the board in 2013 are scheduled to serve three year terms.[1]

About the district

Location

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The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is located approximately 35 miles north of Anchorage in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in an area commonly known as the “Valley.” The district spans approximately 25,000 square miles, an area larger than the entire state of West Virginia. According to the 2010 Census it is home to approximately 88,995 residents.[2]


Demographics

Matanuska-Susitna Borough underperforms the rest of Alaska based on percentage of people below poverty level, but outperforms the rest of Alaska in high school graduation rates and median household income. The median household income for Matanuska-Susitna Borough is $70,343 when compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Matanuska-Susitna Borough is 9.7% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska. 92.3% of persons over the age of 25 have a high school degree, while 91.4% of Alaska residents have a high school degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20.9% of Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, while the same rate is 27.2% for the state of Alaska.

2010 Census Data for Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska[3]
Race Kenai Peninsula Borough State of Alaska
White 84.8% 67.5%
Black or African American 1.2% 3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native 5.8% 14.8%
Asian 1.4% 5.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 1.2%
Two or more race 6.4% 7.1%
Hispanic or Latino 4.1% 6.1%

Election History

2013

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board Seat C, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Pougher 94.3% 6,674
     Nonpartisan Write In 5.7% 405
Total Votes 7,079
Source: [http://www.matsugov.us/electionresults/2013/BoroughWide.pdf Matanuska-Susitna Borough, "Election Summary Report October 3, 2012 Regular Election"]


Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board Seat F, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Dearman 29.7% 2,435
     Nonpartisan Stephen C. Jacobson 23.5% 1,921
     Nonpartisan Neal T. Lacy 28.1% 2,300
     Nonpartisan James A. "Jim" Tapley 17.1% 1,398
Total Votes 8,186
Source: [http://www.matsugov.us/electionresults/2013/BoroughWide.pdf Matanuska-Susitna Borough, "Election Summary Report October 3, 2012 Regular Election"]


Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board Seat G, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRay Michaelson 53.6% 4,457
     Nonpartisan David Cheezem 44.8% 3,731
Total Votes 8,320
Source: [http://www.matsugov.us/electionresults/2013/BoroughWide.pdf Matanuska-Susitna Borough, "Election Summary Report October 3, 2012 Regular Election"]


2012

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board Seat A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah "Debby" Retherford 45.2% 4,480
     Nonpartisan Steven J. Impson 15.6% 1,549
Total Votes 9,918
Source: [http://www.matsugov.us/Clerk/election-results Matanuska-Susitna Borough, "Election Summary Report October 2, 2012 Regular Election" accessed August 6, 2013]


Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board Seat B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSarah Welton 54.8% 5,482
     Nonpartisan Heather Fussell 45.2% 4,515
Total Votes 9,997
Source: [http://www.matsugov.us/Clerk/election-results Matanuska-Susitna Borough, "Election Summary Report October 2, 2012 Regular Election" accessed August 6, 2013]

2011

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board Seat D, General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngOle Larson 95.3% 6,777
     Nonpartisan Write In 4.7% 336
Total Votes 7,113
Source: [http://www.matsugov.us/Clerk/election-results Matanuska-Susitna Borough, "Election Summary Report October 4, 2011 Regular Election" accessed August 6, 2013]


Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board Seat E, General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngErick Cordero 58.8% 4,514
     Nonpartisan Lynette Warhus 41.2% 3,166
Total Votes 7,680
Source: [http://www.matsugov.us/Clerk/election-results Matanuska-Susitna Borough, "Election Summary Report October 4, 2011 Regular Election" accessed August 6, 2013]

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. All seven members of the board are elected by district. General elections take place on the first Tuesday in October. There are no primary elections. Seats C, F, and G were up for election on October 1, 2013. Seat D and E are up for election on October 7, 2014. Seats A and B are up for election on October 6, 2015.[5]

Candidates

What was at stake?

Three seats including the president's position currently held by Susan Pougher were up for election on October 1, 2013. The most significant controversy currently facing the school district is the failing school status of the Mat-Su Central School after they failed to may Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2011-12 school year.

Issues

Charter schools

The district has six charter schools.[6] The Academy Charter School serves grades K-8. The Fronteras Spanish Immersion School serves grades K-5 with a curriculum centered around Spanish language immersion. The American Charter Academy serves grades 2-12 with a using a standards based curriculum. The Midnight Sun Family Learning Center serves grades K-8 and parents to have a hands-on involvement in the structure and operation of the school. The Twindly Bridge Charter School serves grades K-12 offering contact teachers for home school students. The Birchtree Charter School serves grades K-8 emphasizing the Waldorf educational philosophy.

Campaign Finance

As of August 6, 2013, no campaign donations have been reported to the Alaska Secretary of State.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 Candidate filing period opens
July 26, 2013 Candidate filing period closes
August 2, 2013 Last day to withdraw candidacy
August 9, 2013 Last day to adopt legislation placing propositions and questions on the ballot.
September 1, 2013 Last day to register to vote
September 16, 2013 Absentee ballots available
October 1, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The October 1, 2013 election also had elections for the District 1 and 2 member positions on the Matanuska-Susitna Assembly on the ballot.

See also

External links

References