Menifee Union School District elections (2013)

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2013 Menifee Union School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Menifee Union School District
Riverside County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Menifee Union School District were up for district-wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Reg Bennett defeated Rita J. Peters for the Trustee Area 1 seat, while Ron Ulibarri, Randall T. Freeman and Jerry Bowman were unopposed for the Trustee Area 3, Trustee Area 4 and Trustee Area 5 seats, respectively.

About the district

See also: Menifee Union School District, California
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Menifee Union School District is located in Menifee, a city in Riverside County, California. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Menifee is home to 77,519 residents.[1]

Demographics

Menifee outperformed the rest of California when measured on the percentage of residents living below the poverty level and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. Menifee underperformed when compared to the state of California on percentage of residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree and median household income. The median household income in Menifee was $60,805 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. The U.S. Census found that 16.3 percent of Menifee residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 percent rate in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Menifee was 8.3 percent compared to 14.4 percent for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 83.3 percent of Menifee residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8 percent in California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Menifee (%) California (%)
White 23.1 57.6
Black or African American 5.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.0
Asian 4.9 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.4
Two or More Races 4.9 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 33.0 37.6

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

Menifee Union School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. As of the 2013 election cycle, all board members represented a geographic area of the district. Board member terms are staggered so that at least three members are elected each odd-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There were no primary elections. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The remaining seat is up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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Election results

On November 5, 2013, Reg Bennett defeated one challenging candidate for a seat on the Menifee Union School District Board of Education. Ron Ulbarri, Randall T. Freeman and Jerry Bowman were unopposed and won their seats by default in uncontested races.

Menifee Union School District School Board, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngReg Bennett 67.9% 523
     Nonpartisan Rita J. Peters 32.1% 247
Total Votes 770
Source: VoteInfo.net, "FINAL OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed December 13, 2013

Endorsements

Reg Bennett received an official endorsement from Councilman Wallace Edgarton for his campaign.[6]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters.

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Menifee Union School District School Board were up for election. Candidates Robert "Bob" O'Donnell and Scott A. Mann defeated three challengers.

Menifee Union School District School Board, At-large General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" O'Donnell 29.4% 2,948
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngScott A. Mann 23.6% 2,366
     Nonpartisan Rita J. Peters 18.7% 1,871
     Nonpartisan Patricia Cahill 17.9% 1,795
     Nonpartisan Carol "Red" Sullivan 10.5% 1,048
     Nonpartisan 0% 0
Total Votes 10,028
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Menifee Union School District Voter Information" accessed October 3, 2013

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Menifee Union School District School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The elections for Trustee Area 3, Trustee Area 4 and Trustee Area 5 did not appear on the ballot because they were unopposed races.

Issues in the district

Rejected charter school petition

On August 13, 2013, the Menifee Union School Board unanimously voted to reject the application for a charter school from the Heritage Classical Charter Schools of America. The application was rejected because according to school attorney Janet Mueller, "the charter plan failed to include complete descriptions of various elements, and district staff determined “the petitioners are demonstrably unlikely to successfully implement the program." (Parts of the educational plan) were so vaguely described that it seemed as though the petitioner did not know much about the needs of this community"[7] Menifee already has a charter school, the Santa Rosa Academy.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Menifee Union School District election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

There were no other elections on the ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Menifee. Other school district elections took place in Banning Unified and Moreno Valley Unified School Districts.[9]

See also

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