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Megan Kerr

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Megan Kerr
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Board member, Long Beach Board of Education, District 1
Incumbent
Term ends
2018
Years in position 0
PredecessorMary Stanton
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 8, 2014
Next general2018
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State Polytechnic University at Pomona
Personal
Place of birthLong Beach, California
ProfessionCommunity activist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Megan Kerr is the District 1 member of the Long Beach school board in California. She won the general election on April 8, 2014.

Biography

Megan Kerr is a resident of Long Beach, California. Kerr earned her B.A. degree from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.[1] She has served the Long Beach community in a variety of roles, including her involvement with a breakfast for the homeless for eight years, the LBCC Child Development Program for eight years and the Alexandria House for women and children who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence and human trafficking for ten years. She is also a member of the Long Beach Council PTA, District Community Advisory Committee, Superintendent Parent Forum and two School Site Councils.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Long Beach Unified School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Megan Kerr defeated fellow newcomer Uduak-Joe Ntuk for the District 1 seat in the general election on April 8, 2014.

Results

Long Beach Unified School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMegan Kerr 50.7% 3,912
     Nonpartisan Uduak-Joe Ntuk 49.3% 3,804
Total Votes 7,716
Source: Long Beach, California, "Long Beach Primary Nominating Election," accessed June 17, 2014

Funding

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk does not publish and freely disclose school board candidate campaign finance reports. Ballotpedia staffers directly requested this information, but the municipal office refused those requests to make that information public.[3] On March 28, 2014, Gazettes published an article that included a limited amount of campaign finance data for the Long Beach election. According to that article, District 1 candidates Uduak-Joe Ntuk and Kerr raised approximately $65,000 and $30,000 in contributions each, respectively.[4]

Endorsements

Kerr received endorsements from the Teachers Association of Long Beach and the National Women's Political Caucus along with several other local political and labor organizations, including the Long Beach Young Democrats, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Firefighter Association and Police Officers Association. Departing District 1 board member Mary Stanton and fellow board members John McGinnis, Diana F. Craighead and Jon Meyer also endorsed Kerr.[5]

Campaign themes

2014

Kerr published a list of her campaign priorities in her official candidate statement:[6]

As a Board Member I will:

  • Fight to increase funding so that every student can learn from qualified teachers in every classroom.
  • Vote to ensure that classroom funding is our first priority.
  • Work with parents to empower them to assist their children in school.
  • Promote teamwork between parents, the community, teachers, administration, and the school board.
  • Advocate programs that prepare students for college, their career, and the community. This includes both college preparation and vocational programs.
  • Communicate with you regarding the district and decisions of the board. I will also seek your input prior to making important decisions.

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


What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Newcomers Uduak-Joe Ntuk and Megan Kerr competed for the vacant District 1 seat while incumbent Diana F. Craighead ran unopposed to keep her District 5 seat. Board President John McGinnis fended off a challenge from Juan Benitez to keep his District 3 seat.

Issues in the election

Accusations of dishonesty

In the month prior to the District 1 election, both Uduak-Joe Ntuk and Megan Kerr made statements claiming that the other was dishonest. Ntuk criticized Kerr's campaign for falsely claiming that she holds a Master's degree. On an online profile created by the League of Women Voters, Kerr was attributed with an M.A. degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Kerr campaign representative Katy Stanton also claimed during an interview with The Press-Telegram that Kerr holds a Master's degree from California State University at Long Beach, which Kerr later denied. On her campaign website, Kerr clarified that she has studied for a graduate degree at Pacific Oaks College but that she has not completed all of the necessary requirements to receive one.[7]

Ntuk also faced allegations of dishonesty from the Kerr campaign regarding endorsements. Ntuk's campaign used his website and thousands of robocalls to publicize an endorsement from AFT Local 1521, which is a local affiliate of the national American Federation of Teachers union. The Teachers Association of Long Beach, which endorsed Kerr and is affiliated with the National Education Association, denounced Ntuk's statements as an attempt to mislead voters into believing that the national union had endorsed him. Campaign spokesman Roy Behr defended Ntuk by arguing, "It was very clear that he had been endorsed by AFT Local 1521."[8]

About the district

See also: Long Beach Unified School District, California
Long Beach Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Long Beach Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California. The county seat of Los Angeles County is Los Angeles. Los Angeles County is home to 10,017,068 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] Long Beach Unified School District is the third-largest school district in California, serving 83,691 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]

Demographics

Los Angeles County underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Los Angeles County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income in Los Angeles County was $56,241 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Los Angeles County was 17.1 percent compared to 15.3 percent for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Los Angeles County (%) California (%)
White 71.6 73.7
Black or African American 9.3 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 1.7
Asian 14.5 13.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or More Races 2.8 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 48.2 38.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Los Angeles County[11]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,450,612 50.77
Republican 1,021,666 21.16
American Independent 108,709 2.25
Peace and Freedom 34,940 0.72
Libertarian 26,221 0.54
Green 24,465 0.51
Americans Elect 2,466 0.05
Other 316,634 6.56
Unaffiliated 841,559 17.43

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.[12]

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