Miami-Dade County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Miami-Dade County Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Florida
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami-Dade County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Four seats on the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were up for general election on August 26, 2014. All four incumbents up for re-election kept their seats. District 4 incumbent Perla Tabares Hantman faced and defeated challenger Duysevi "Sevi" Miyar in the general election. Marta Perez sought and won re-election to the District 8 seat against newcomer Lawrence "Larry" Orihuela. Incumbents Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and Raquel A. Regalado ran for re-election without opposition in Districts 2 and 6, respectively.

About the district

See also: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is located in Miami-Dade County, Florida
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is based in Miami, the county seat of Miami-Dade County, Florida. Miami-Dade County is home to 2,617,176 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the largest school district in Florida, serving 350,239 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Miami-Dade County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.3 percent of Miami-Dade 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 Miami-Dade County was $43,464 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Miami-Dade County was 19.1 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Miami-Dade County (%) Florida (%)
White 77.6 78.3
Black or African American 19.2 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 1.7 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 64.3 23.2

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 550,271
Republican 362,259
Unaffiliated 349,783
Other 19,104
Total 1,281,417

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]

Method of board member selection

The Miami-Dade County School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014.

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.[6]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Perla Tabares Hantman Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Barry University
    • Former board member, Florida Board of Medicine and Florida Board of Regents
  • Duysevi "Sevi" Miyar
    • Graduate, Istanbul University and Bosporus University
    • High school teacher in district
  • Raquel A. Regalado Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Florida International University and St. Thomas University
    • Radio and television show host
  • Lawrence "Larry" Orihuela
    • Graduate, Florida International University
    • Retired district teacher
  • Marta Perez Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Miami and St. Thomas University
    • Retired teacher

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Election results

District 2

Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall retained the District 2 seat without opposition.

District 4
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPerla Tabares Hantman Incumbent 81.2% 12,615
     Nonpartisan Duysevi "Sevi" Miyar 18.8% 2,925
Total Votes 15,540
Source: Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 6

Raquel A. Regalado retained the District 6 seat without opposition.

District 8
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, District 8 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarta Perez Incumbent 83.1% 18,967
     Nonpartisan Lawrence "Larry" Orihuela 16.9% 3,862
Total Votes 22,829
Source: Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

No candidates received official endorsements in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $450,118.82 and spent a total of $93,720.35 by July 22, 2014, according to the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections.[7]

In the District 2 race, candidates raised a total of $50,830.62 and spent a total of $173.50.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall $50,830.62 $173.50

In the District 4 race, candidates raised a total of $105,433.97 and spent a total of $9,790.51.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Perla Tabares Hantman $90,115.13 $8,012.85
Duysevi "Sevi" Miyar $15,318.84 $1,777.66

In the District 6 race, candidates raised a total of $116,560.50 and spent a total of $69,076.23.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Raquel A. Regalado $116,560.50 $69,076.23

In the District 8 race, candidates raised a total of $177,293.73 and spent a total of $14,680.11.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Lawrence "Larry" Orihuela $10,125.00 $2,821.69
Marta Perez $167,168.73 $11,858.42

Past elections

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

District loses court case over retaliation charges

Administrative judge Edward Bauer ruled on June 30, 2014 that the district engaged in retaliation against two employees who sought to convert a district school into a charter school. The ruling determined that Alberto Fernandez and Henny Cristobal were reassigned unfairly by district administrators for attempting to convert Neva King Cooper Educational Center into a charter. Fernandez and Cristobal accused the district of intimidating parents and teachers, withholding financial data necessary for the charter vote and retaliating against the pair by transferring them to mail room and vehicle maintenance jobs. Bauer advised that the Florida Department of Education order the district to repay attorney fees for the employees and pay $10,000 in bonuses to Fernandez.[9]

This case is the first charter conversion retaliation case brought to court in Florida. State law allows parents and district residents to convert public schools into charter schools through a series of meetings and votes. Fernandez and Cristobal were accused by former Chief Academic Officer Milagros Fornell of coercing staff at the school and campaigning for the conversion during business hours when they began their efforts in 2011. Robin Gibson, the duo's attorney, countered that district administrators responded to approval of the conversion process by a school leadership committee by intimidating supporters, providing false information about the conversion process and transferring Fernandez and Cristobal.[9]

Influx of child immigrants

The growing number of children migrating from Central American countries to the United States has impacted district schools. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho noted that at least 300 child migrants will be served by district schools during the 2014-2015 school year. Carvalho provided these totals during a June 2014 school board meeting as he sought support for a funding request to the federal government. The board agreed to request an additional $1,950 per year from federal officials to augment local and state funds for public schools. Carvalho has also received support from state legislators including Manny Diaz, Jr. and Jose Felix Diaz.[10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[6]

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

Additional elections on the ballot

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Miami-Dade County voted on races for the county commission and circuit court 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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